Volunteer Opportunities

The Orpheum relies on its enthusiastic team of volunteers accomplish its mission. Volunteer opportunities come in all shapes and sizes, depending on the interests and skills of the volunteers and the needs of the museum. Volunteers can belong to one or more Volunteer Crews described below.

How to get started:

  1. Fill out a volunteer application.
  2. Read the crews below to find the one that captures your interests. Groups or individual volunteers that would like to work on specific tasks, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.

Education Crew

We are currently looking for volunteer Camp Counselors for our Summer Camps! Please fill out this application if you are interested: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SoROSzuU11K1Wiq6y7PO1M2l-kPhVi5ksEbsEpGvz3Q/viewform (copy & paste into your browser). NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. A representative will call you when volunteers are needed. The Education Crew directly assists our staff in educational activities. Opportunities include our weekly events, camps and clubs, and event informal activities with children during open hours such as helping inspire puppet shows and reading science books to our young visitors. And while much of our curriculum is developed in-house by our staff, there are also opportunities for volunteers to help design and implement new educational programming. If education is your passion, sign up to make a difference in a child’s life.

Promotions Crew

For the Orpheum’s high quality programming to have a true impact, the community needs to hear about what we have to offer! The Promotions Crew helps the Orpheum connect with the community through planning and implementing marketing campaigns, assisting in the development and distribution of marketing material and online promotional campaigns, and cultivating and communicating with media outlets. If you have a knack for communicating with others whether it be through the use of the social media or by way of an enthusiastic and contagious personality, this crew is right for you!

Facilities Crew

The Facilities Crew takes care of the appearance and organization of the Orpheum, as well as being involved in the historic preservation and renovation of our 1914 theater home. Activities might include helping with maintenance, cleaning, and organizing during or assisting the Museum Associates during open hours. Please contact the Executive Director at 217.352.5895, if you’re interested in helping the Orpheum stay a clean and safe space for creative learning.

Exhibits Crew

Our museum is well-known for its hands-on experiential exhibits which teach science to young minds through play. Members of our Exhibits Crew are the handy-folk and tinkerers in our community that keep our exhibits in good working order. They are responsible for repairing and improving exhibits as well as designing and implementing new exhibits. Please contact the Executive Director at 217.352.5895, if you think you have the ambition, skills, or creativity to create a memorable experience in a child’s life!

Fundraising Crew

Along with hard work and love, it takes money to run an organization like the Orpheum. Our Fundraising Crew assists in activities ranging from grant-writing and donor-relations, to planning and staffing Fundraising Events. If this sounds like your area of skill and interest, this is the crew for you! Please contact the Executive Director at 217.352.5895, with your fundraising ideas.

Special Events Crew

We are currently looking for volunteers for the DoCha Music Festival. Volunteers are needed on Sunday, April 3rd from 6:30pm-8:30pm and Friday, April 1st from 12pm-2pm. Please email Paul Redman at paulatdocha@gmail.com to signup. Volunteers are also needed to help set up and staff the 24th Annual Building Fair on May 7, 2016, during the hours of 7:30AM to 10:30 AM, 10:30AM to 12:30 PM, 12:30PM to 3:30 PM and 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM. To sign up, please contact Rene' Dunn at director.orpheumkids@gmail.com. For more information about the event, please visit our face The Orpheum is well-known for its science-themed special events such as Kids Building Fair, our Kid’s Halloween Events, Parade of Lights, Snow Globe, LEGO Day, Birthday Parties, and various other annual events. These events are lots of fun, but require lots of extra hands and lots of high-energy personalities to keep these events running smoothly. If you’re service minded, make a good host, or just like seasonal festivities, this crew will be right up your alley!