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Volunteer Opportunities

At the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center we reveal stories about freedom’s heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom today.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER
Volunteers have been integral in every stage of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center's life - from conception through day-to-day operations. Volunteers lead group tours, interpret exhibits, staff the FamilySearch Center, assist guests, and so much more. Training is flexible and open to a variety interests and schedules.

We invite you to become a volunteer and modern-day freedom conductor. Your skills and talents can transform the visits from of guests into fulfilling and meaningful experiences. 

“I like greeting and touring people, young and old…I like to inform them of the struggle for freedom that has taken place over hundreds of years. Furthermore, being able to share the stories of brave people who have assisted in the struggle, and to let them know that the struggles for freedom continue today keeps me inspired to champion the mission.”

BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING
Meet and inspire guests from around the world
Educate guests about the history of the Underground Railroad
Preview new exhibits and volunteer appreciation events
Experience public programs for free
Work with a pleasant, fun and diverse staff
Discount admission to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Cincinnati Museum Center

EXHIBIT INTERPRETER
Do you love the history of the Underground Railroad?  Are you inspired to show its relevance to contemporary times?  As an Exhibit Interpreter, you can help create an excellent visitor experiences for guests through dialogue, interactive activities, and collaborative learning. Our training program is flexible and can accommodate your schedule. Assist with K-12 tours, adult tours and exhibit interpretation for special events. 

Click here for more information about K-12 tours.
Click here for more information about adult tours.
Click here for exhibition descriptions.

YOUTH DOCENT
This program was designed for high school students to further develop leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills while improving overall literacy and historical knowledge. Youth Docents are selected from diverse group of high school students in multiple school districts from across the Tristate area. Their training with National Underground Railroad Freedom Center staff and adult docents will prepare them to serve as volunteers throughout the museum’s permanent exhibits and in the community. 

Click here to learn more. 

GREETERS & SPECIAL EVENTS
Greeters have the unique opportunity to make a great first impression on our guests.  Greeters interact with our guests to make them feel welcome and appreciated.  We like to know where are guests are from, why they’re here, and what their interested in seeing at our museum.  If you have an outgoing personality and love to talk with people from around the world, this is the position for you.  In addition to greeters, special events volunteers have the opportunity to work specific internal and external events.  If you work full time or have a busy schedule, this may be the volunteer position for you. Special events at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center take place at a variety of times, during the day, evening, and weekends.  You can check guests in, answer questions, monitor the floor, work a volunteer booth, and much more.  Freedom Center staff will assist you with your responsibilities, so no formal training is required.

Click here to view some of our upcoming events. 

FamilySearch Center
Are you interested in history and genealogy?  Want to learn more and help others track their family history?  The FamilySearch Center at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, provides free genealogy support to the general public, and is entirely run and managed by volunteers. FamilySearch Center volunteers have an interest in genealogy, are comfortable with a computer, and have the ability to interact well with people. Hands on training is available. Opportunities available Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 4pm. 

Click here to learn more.

Apply Online
To apply, please fill out the Volunteer Application and email, fax, or mail it to the address below.

James Harrington, Interpretative Services Manager
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
jharrington@nurfc.org