59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

Share your love of the Island by volunteering as a Lighthouse Guide or in many other capacities on our campus and beyond. Interest in the Vineyard, past and present, and enthusiasm to work with the public are the only necessary qualifications, and volunteers may be of any age, background, or level of physical ability. Training and support are provided and many schedules are flexible.

For more information, contact Allison at 508-627-4441 x116 or email awalker@mvmuseum.org.
To apply, complete our short questionnaire and send it to Allison at awalker@mvmuseum.org or PO Box 1310, Edgartown, MA 02539.


Volunteer Job Descriptions

GATEHOUSE (mid-June through mid-October)

The Gatehouse, at the intersection of Cooke and School Streets, is the Museum's entry point during the summer season. Gatehouse volunteers will be trained to greet visitors, sell tickets, and provide information about the museum and its exhibits.
Shifts are available 9:45 am – 1:30 pm (AM shift) or 1:30 pm – 5:15 pm (PM shift).

THOMAS COOKE HOUSE (mid-June through mid-October)

The Cooke House is the focal point and the most extensive exhibition area on the museum campus. Volunteers here will be trained to introduce visitors to the House and its contents, take admissions, and may offer tours if they are so inclined.
Shifts are available 9:45 am – 1:30 pm (AM shift) or 1:30 pm – 5:15 pm (PM shift).


The Pease House contains five exhibit galleries, the gift shop, and staff offices. Volunteers will be trained to greet visitors, help with inventory, sell merchandise, and answer general questions.
Summer shifts are available 9:45 am – 1:30 pm (AM shift) or 1:30 pm – 5:15 pm (PM shift). Hours are reduced in the off-season.

education, Special Projects Researcher

The Education Department receives requests for specifically themed curriculum, but lacks targeted research to develop lessons. Excellent materials are archived but a trained researcher is needed to evaluate and organize for further development. The Education Department also periodically receives wonderful "hands-on" materials. These can easily translate into educational materials but require research to create context and details that engage students and senior citizens.

Skills Required: Library research (will train), computer literacy, basic research. Some knowledge of island history is good, but not required.

Time Commitment: Flexible, year-round

education, Classroom Assistant

The Education Department needs extra hands to facilitate education experiences with artifacts and primary source documents, both in the classroom and on campus during field trip visits. Classroom assistants need to facilitate critical thinking and object-based inquiry; they do not need extensive content based knowledge.

Skills Required: Must like kids, must be patient and flexible. Critical Thinking Skills facilitation (will train), CORI check Criminal Offense Record Investigation (will facilitate).

Time Commitment: Flexible, year-round


From time to time we need help pre-assembling materials for classes as well as general tidying of educational and art materials.

Time Commitment: Flexible, year-round



LIGHTHOUSE Guides (Seasonal)

Volunteers will be trained to greet visitors, sell tickets, and provide information about the history of the lighthouses.
Guides' schedules for the Edgartown and Gay Head Lighthouses are flexible.


Volunteers will be trained to assist staff with archival projects, organizing and describing manuscript collections and identifying materials for use in future exhibitions. Training will be provided.


Volunteers will be trained to transcribe tapes of oral history interviews, prepare summaries, index interviews, or input information into the computer database. Some work may be done from home.

HERB GARDEN ATTENDANT (Mid-May through Mid-September)

Our Demonstration Colonial Herb Garden requires tending during the growing season from May through September. Work done on volunteer's schedule.


The volunteer is responsible for recording the exhibits, lectures, and events for archive, web, and development use. Some prior experience strongly preferred.


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