Become a Volunteer

Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS) volunteers are an active and essential part of the mission of ISHS, providing invaluable resources through educational programs, assisting with daily operations and long-term goals.  Volunteering at ISHS provides the opportunity for social and networking through daily interaction and continuing educational benefits through presentations, lectures and demonstrations.

Volunteer Benefits

  • A better understanding of Idaho history through access to educational materials, and close working relationships with professional staff
  • 10% off site store purchases
  • Opportunities to interact with people and share the pride and history of Idaho
  • On-going training and learning opportunities related to Idaho History
  • Invitation to an annual volunteer appreciation event
  • Job references upon request
  • Subscription to the Mountain Light newsletter

How Do I Become a Volunteer?

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator
An ISHS staff member will contact you to arrange an interview to learn more about your skills, abilities, and interests.

Have questions about specific opportunities? Contact Joan Burke at (208) 514-2331

Volunteer Opportunities

At the Idaho State Museum:

  • Museum Ambassador
  • Visitor Services
  • Educational Programs
  • Collections

At the Old Idaho Penitentiary:

  • Site Interpreter (guided tours, educational programs)
  • Site Host (Front Desk)
  • Exhibit Host (J. Curtis Earl Weapons Exhibit or other exhibits)
  • Maintenance Projects
  • Landscaping/Rose Gardening
  • Table Rock/Graffiti Clean-Up

At the Idaho State Archives:

  • Research Center Page (re-shelving, organizing)