Volunteer at Plimoth Plantation

volunteer at Plimoth Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! With opportunities ranging from one-time projects or events to several shifts per week on the living history sites, there is truly something for everyone who wants to contribute time and talents to the Museum.  Whether putting in many hours of training to become a Museum Guide, weeding gardens, directing guests in the Visitor Center, helping with marine maintenance or stuffing envelopes for a mailing, volunteers are vitally important to operating our world-class institution. After attending an information session to learn about the available opportunities, you will be invited to complete an online application and attend volunteer orientation and training sessions.

For more information or to sign up, please call or email Courtney Roy-Branigan, Director of Development: (508) 746-1622 x8203, croy-branigan@plimoth.org.


Museum Guide Program 

Are you interested in exploring new ideas and stories from the past and sharing them with others? 

Do you enjoy meeting people from around the world?

Are you friendly and outgoing? 

Join Plimoth Plantation’s Museum Guide Program!

Museum Guides volunteer across the Museum’s Living History Exhibits offering a modern, welcoming “entry point” into the story of Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag people. The Museum Guide program is composed of volunteers from the community with a variety of backgrounds and experience. All of our guests have unique reasons for visiting Plimoth Plantation, and each person begins their visit from a different intellectual, emotional and social place. The Museum Guide Program strives to meet all our guests where they are and to engage them in dynamic conversations and engaging experiences that meet their needs for entertainment, education and inspiration.

Are there any prerequisites for joining the Museum Guides program? Museum Guides should be interested in expanding their knowledge of Plimoth Plantation (the museum), early American history, modern Plymouth, and/or the history of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people. A successful Museum Guide candidate will be comfortable in a rapidly changing museum environment, and be able to demonstrate adaptability, flexibility, positivity and most importantly – professionalism and kindness to all guests and staff. 

We are now accepting online applications for new Museum Guides who want to join us for the 2018 season. To learn more about the Museum Guides Program, please contact Hilary Goodnow at hgoodnow@plimoth.org or (508) 746-1622 x8287.

2018 Museum Guide Application 


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Volunteer of the Year

We conclude each year with a special holiday party in honor of our wonderful volunteers. At the event we usually recognize one volunteer for their exemplary service and dedication to Plimoth Plantation. This year we honored two amazing people--Betty Sander, who volunteers weekly in Guest Services, and Dick Beane, who donates many hours to the maintenance of Mayflower II.

Click here For More information About Betty and Dick.

Betty Sander

Betty has been a regular Guest Services volunteer at Plimoth Plantation for the past nine years. Her friendly, helpful presence with Museum guests on busy days is a huge help to staff as she is always ready and willing to do whatever is required to enhance the experience of visitors.

On September 22, 2016 Betty celebrated her 94th birthday by working her regular Thursday shift in the lobby, making her our most senior active volunteer! A proud descendant of at least five Mayflower passengers, she also volunteers regularly at the Mayflower Society House and the Plymouth Antiquarian Society.

Betty was born in Plymouth and lived here most of her life.  She is always ready with a story from her catalog of memories, from the early days of Plimoth Plantation at the waterfront to the building of our current campus to the 1957 arrival of Mayflower II. She recalls walking to the harbor from her family home on Middle Street to watch the ship come in and being afraid that she would have to pay a nickel to get back home as they were charging people to sit in the viewing stands set up on Coles Hill.

Thank you Betty—we look forward to celebrating your 95th next year!

Dick Beane

Dick has had a passion for Mayflower II since she first arrived in 1957 when he was 17. This video he made for Plimoth Plantation in 2013 tells the story of his relationship with her: http://www.plimoth.org/mfii

Since becoming a member of the sail training and maintenance team in 2007, Dick has logged over 10,000 volunteer hours and more underway time than most other members of the crew, including maritime staff.  He is a great mentor to younger folks on the crew and genuinely respected by all of his colleagues. According to Director of Maritime Preservation and Operations, Whit Perry, he is a “stalwart maintenance worker “for whom there is “no job too nasty or difficult”, from working with ballast down in the hold of the ship to scrambling up the rigging and working in the round tops.

Dick is a humble, soft-spoken gentleman (except when telling some of his jokes!) and is generous with sharing his extensive knowledge of all aspects of Mayflower II and her historical importance. Having had a personal relationship with the ship for over 50 years, he is determined to play a role in ensuring that she will be restored and preserved for future generations of visitors from around the country and around the globe.

Thank you Dick!