Volunteers at the Western Reserve Historical Society LOVE History!

Since 1867, Volunteers have contributed to the operations of the Western Reserve Historical Society. On average and in just one year, 500 volunteers contribute 17,000 hours of time, by sharing their stories, knowledge and skills at both the Cleveland History Center in University Circle and Hale Farm & Village in the Cuyahoga Valley.  You too can join the long-time legacy of volunteerism at WRHS and become a part of our history.

The Western Reserve Historical Society welcomes volunteers at Hale Farm & Village and the Cleveland History Center in a variety of roles, including guest services, special event support, education and public programming, and more!

How do you get started? It’s simple! Complete the secure online application inquiry and we will contact you, or email volunteer@wrhs.org.

Current Opportunities and Volunteer Openings

Crawford Auto-Aviation Volunteer Mechanics

The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum is seeking volunteers. Our volunteers get hands on experience with prized pieces of the Crawford collection when they volunteer their time with the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum.  Ever wanted to get your hands dirtyat the preservation/restoration facility in Macedonia or work with the Crawford Manager and other volunteers to complete other new and exciting projects at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum at the Cleveland History Center? This is your opportunity.

  • Must fill our a volunteer application and pass a background check
  • Light automotive experience preferred.

Interested applicants should contact Janet Waterman (jwaterman@wrhs.org) to  begin the volunteer application process.

The WRHS Education Department is seeking volunteers to fill the following positions:

Sewing Volunteers 

Volunteers needed to assist with the sewing of historically-themed costumes to be used in Education Department School Programming. Project will likely span several months at the least; volunteers will work approximately 2-5 hours per week and are welcome to work from home.  WRHS will provide patterns and materials. Volunteer must have a sewing machine and enthusiasm for history. Opportunities available to assist with pattern/fabric research as well, if volunteer is interested.

Carousel Volunteers 

Volunteers needed to assist with the Euclid Beach Carousel as a Carousel Spotter.  Volunteers must have enthusiasm for working with people of all ages and backgrounds.  In addition the they should be observant, tactful, tolerant, honest, energetic and have a positive at all times.  Must be able to stand for long period of time.  Interested volunteer applicants should contact Janet Waterman (jwaterman@wrhs.org) to begin the application process.

Development Office Assistant

The Development Team is seeking an organized, outgoing individual to assist with a variety administrative duties to support WRHS fundraising efforts 1 to 2 days a week for 1-3 hours.  The volunteer will assist with WRHS membership fulfillment processing, filing, preparation of materials for special events, assistance with departmental mailings, and provide support for and at special events. The ideal volunteer should have administrative office experience, experience working with the public, and a general interest in history. Interested volunteer applicants should contact Janet Waterman (jwaterman@wrhs.org) to begin the application process.

In addition to the opportunities listed above, WRHS will also be seeking a volunteer for the position of Carousel Spotter to assist in the operation of the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel. To download the volunteer position description, click here.

Volunteer Levels

Yes! You can commit as much or as little time as you would like. Here’s a generic breakout of volunteering levels at WRHS:

  • Long-Term Volunteering – An ongoing commitment for 6 months or more.
  • Short-Term Volunteering – volunteer projects with an end date or volunteering on an as needed basis..
  • Corporate or Organizational Group Volunteering – for large groups of 15 or more.
  • Join a Friends Group or Auxiliary of WRHS

Volunteer Benefits

  • Yearly recognition events
  • Free admission and parking on days of service
  • 10% discount in Museum Stores
  • Volunteer social and networking events
  • WRHS quarterly newsletter, The News
  • Invitations to special events