The Oregon Historical Society would not be the same without the hundreds of volunteers that give their time and energy to support our programs. OHS relies on volunteers to perform many essential functions that help us preserve and share Oregon’s history, like transcribing oral histories, assisting at events, leading exhibit tours, doing data entry, and more. Are you interesting in volunteering? Check out opportunities on our volunteer site!

OHS Volunteer Site

Special Event Volunteer Opportunities

Special event assignments are one-time volunteer shifts that don’t require a long-term commitment. Event volunteering is a great if you are only able to volunteer on nights and weekends, if you want to “get your feet wet,” or if you just want to volunteer sporadically. Assignments vary, but here are some typical types of assignments:

  • Greeting
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Photography
  • Food & Beverage
  • History Day Judge

Youth volunteers (ages 12 – 18) are welcome at many events, including Family Days and Holiday Cheer. Volunteers under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Ongoing volunteer opportunities are for people that want to provide on-going support for OHS – we call these volunteers “active volunteers.” These assignments generally take place during workdays, and may require specialized knowledge or training, and a longer-term commitment. There several unique on-going volunteer opportunities, but here are some typical types of assignments:

  • Docent
  • Museum Collections Assistant
  • Data Entry Volunteer

Prior to beginning their assignments, active volunteers are required to pass a criminal background check, and must agree to abide by all policies in the Volunteer Handbook.

What to expect when you create a profile: Most of our on-going volunteer assignments are filled, and it is rare that we are able to place applicants immediately. However, we keep applications on file for at least a year and reach out to qualified applicants when a position opens up.


The Oregon Historical Society does not have a formal internship program. However, depending on staff availability, we can occasionally host post-graduate interns receiving college credit for their work. If you are a graduate student in a related field and would like to perform and internship at OHS, please email volunteer@ohs.org with your resume and a brief explanation of the internship requirements and objectives.