Volunteers are a vital part of the team that carries out the mission of the Department of Archives and History and the Museum of Alabama!


Opportunities are available for all ages and hours are set to match your schedule. If you love history, enjoy people, need experience to boost a resume, and want to see what happens behind-the-scenes in an archives and museum, apply to be a volunteer!


(For more information, call or email Calli Patterson: 334-353-4745, calli.patterson@archives.alabama.gov.)


Current Volunteer Needs:


Museum Tour Guides

Become a trained museum guide and lead student and adult tours through the Museum of Alabama’s exhibit galleries. Perfect for those who love history, people, and teaching others.

Front Desk

Be the face of the Alabama Archives and Museum of Alabama as a front desk greeter. Help guests sign-in and provide directions for their vist. Good people skills are a must!

Museum Store

Work in our retail store providing assistance to guests as they purchase souvenirs and other Alabama history-related and Alabama-made items.



Work with archives and museum staff to process and care for collections and assist with other behind-the-scenes projects. Perfect for those who prefer working away from the spotlight.


Jr. Volunteer Program

If you are in middle or high school, become a Jr. Volunteer! We offer a variety of opportunities for community service hour requirements. Volunteering is also a great way to fill free time during summer vacation and other school breaks!




Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Special Parking
  • 10% discount on all Museum Store purchases
  • Enrichment training that highlights the history of the state and the work at the Archives
  • Social events
  • First-hand look at what goes on behind the scenes at the Archives.


Become a volunteer:


Guide Book for Prospective Volunteers


To volunteer, email a completed application to Calli Patterson (calli.patterson@archives.alabama.gov):



From our volunteers:


"I'm a history junkie and volunteering at the Archives supports my habit."-- Hands-on Gallery and Museum Store volunteer


"It's interesting to talk to people from different parts of the country and different parts of the world." -- Front desk volunteer


"l like reading historic records and believe helping preserve them is worthwhile work." -- Archives Division volunteer


"I like sharing my knowledge of early Alabama history . . . the colorful events and the tragic stories, they are all a part of the state's history." -- Museum tour guide


"History is interesting, and I like working with kids. Being at the Archives teaches you a lot and will help you in the future." -- Junior volunteer