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Costumed Volunteer Interpreter

Assist staff and other volunteers with the interpretation and animation of the museum and grounds to museum visitors.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Willingness to learn and explain the history or the museum, buildings, and grounds to visitors.
  • Read background information and prepare for tours and events.
  • Dress in and maintain an historic reproduction costume.
  • Work as a team member with staff and volunteers.
  • Open and close the museum if working alone.
  • Provide tourism information if necessary.
  • Assist visitors with gift shop purchases.
  • Answering phones and taking messages.

Position Boundaries:

  • Volunteers must be willing to accept direction from staff.
  • Interpreting will be limited to the approved activities.
  • Volunteers are required to direct visitor’s questions to a staff member when unsure of the correct response.


  • Willingness to read and learn new information and skills.
  • Positive attitude and excellent communication skills.
  • Enjoy working with staff, volunteers and the public.
  • Ability to present to small groups of people.
  • Self directed and willing to work with minimum supervision.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.

Time Frame:

Backus-Page House Museum is open May 1 through Thanksgiving Monday.
Tuesday – Friday 10am—4:30pm. Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday Mondays noon-4:30pm.
Some events in the off season may also require costumed interpreters.

Training & Supervision:

  • Orientation for volunteers will be held periodically throughout the year.
  • Informal feedback on volunteer activities will be provided on a regular basis by staff.
  • Formal performance evaluations will be conducted in August upon request.

Staff Contact: Angela Bobier, Cultural Manager


  • Unique opportunity to learn about the region’s history and heritage.
  • Invitations to volunteer appreciation events.
  • Use of the museum’s library.

    Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Tyrconnell Heritage Society! The following questions will help us assess your suitability. Please answer all of the questions as completely as possible.

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    A commitment of one year is preferred.

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