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Become a Modern-day Freedom Conductor

Volunteers are integral to the success of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. We rely on volunteers to lead group tours, interpret exhibits, staff the FamilySearch Center and so much more. Opportunities and training can be tailored to a variety interests and schedules.

  • Meet and inspire guests from around the world
  • Share the history of the Underground Railroad
  • Preview new exhibits and attend volunteer appreciation events
  • Experience public programs for free
  • Work with a pleasant, fun and diverse staff
  • Receive discounted admission to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Cincinnati Museum Center

“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."

Opportunities

We invite you to become a volunteer and modern-day freedom conductor. Your skills and talents will help us create fulfilling and meaningful experiences.

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.

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.

Event Greeter

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.

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.

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Apply Online

To apply, please fill out the Volunteer Application and return it by email or mail to the address below. Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center!

ATTN: Paula Johnson
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
pjohnson@nurfc.org