The Oregon Historical Society is lucky to have over 100 volunteers helping out in a variety of ways. Learning about Oregon history, developing new skills, and contributing to the community are all aspects of volunteering at OHS. Read below to see if you would be interested in volunteering with us!

Current Volunteers: Log in here Volunteer Application

Sewing Volunteers Wanted!

OHS is looking for a couple of volunteers to help us sew padded hangers from home for our textile collection! Volunteers must attend a training session, be able to periodically pick up and drop of materials at our storage facility in Gresham, and be able to whip stitch (or be willing to learn!). See page three of the article below for a description of the process of making padded hangers. Apply here, and be sure to mention “Sewing Volunteer.”  

Caring for Textiles: Cleaning and Garment Hanging

Padded hanger used for textile collection items

Event Photographers Needed!

OHS is seeking volunteers to help photograph events and programs for marketing purposes. Volunteers must have access to a digital camera, and be comfortable snapping photos in a crowd. All photos taken on assignment for OHS will belong to OHS for use in marketing materials and other purposes. We try to credit photographers as much as possible, but are not always able to. Interested? Please apply. Any work samples may be sent to ally.huffman@ohs.org.

OHS is looking for volunteers that love working with kids!

We’re ramping up our youth programming with Family Day events, and we’re in need of volunteers to help lead activities, crafts, and performances! If interested, please apply and mention Family Days.

Volunteer Areas

Please note: Not all areas currently have volunteer opportunities.


Provide general office support (filing, data entry, stuffing envelopes, etc.).

Commitment: Varies. Shifts are scheduled as needed by staff, typically weekdays.


Lead group tours for children and adults. Attend monthly docent meetings on Monday mornings.

Commitment: Two tours and two meeting per month during academic year. Successful completion of Docent Training.

Event Photographer

Photograph events for marketing purposes, sometimes following a shot list. Volunteers must have access to a digital camera and provide OHS the high res files following the event. Photos taken on assignment for OHS will remain property of OHS.

Commitment: Varies, typically 2-3 hours per shift, nights and weekends.

Library Assistant

Welcome visitors to the library, assist with microfilm, document location, and photocopying documents.

Commitment: 3 hour shifts, weekly or bi-weekly. Tuesday - Saturday.

Library Collections

Actual duties vary by position and needs of library, and may include assisting library collections staff with arranging, preserving, or describing archival materials, including photographs, manuscripts, or film. Volunteers should have knowledge of library or archival processes.

Commitment: 4+ hours per week. Tuesday - Friday.


Actual duties vary, but could include aiding staff with cataloguing incoming artifact (3-D) acquisitions, condition reporting, curatorial tasks, exhibit installation/de-installation, research, or fact-checking. Requires experience in object handing and knowledge of museum collecting practices.

Commitment: Varies. Shifts may be offsite.

Museum Store

Perform customer service and cashier duties, assist staff with stocking and organizing inventory, price merchandise, assist with displays, dust shelves, etc. Must be able to lift 10 lbs.

Commitment: 3 - 4 hours per week.

Oral History

Transcribe and edit oral histories. Requires typing and listening skills, familiarity with Microsoft Word, and attention to detail.

Commitment: 2 - 4 hours per week. Tuesday - Thursday.


Assist staff with research projects (typically for our publications), including citing sources, fact checking, and/or finding photographs.

Commitment: 2 - 4 hours per week. Tuesday - Thursday.

Special Events

Greet and assist visitors at OHS events and programs. Occasionally assist with setup and clean-up. Volunteers may need to stand for extended periods of time and lift up to 15 lbs.

Commitment: Varies, typically nights and weekends.

Other Volunteer Positions

We occasionally have a need for help outside of our standard volunteer positions. If you have a special skill that may benefit OHS, please mention it in your application!

Volunteer Benefits

Active volunteers get a variety of benefits, including:

  • 25% off at the Museum Store
  • Quarterly update meetings with the executive director
  • Recognition at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
  • Access to other nonprofit institutions during the annual Volunteer Passport Exchange

Those volunteering 30+ hours per year receive an OHS membership, with benefits including:

  • Subscription to the Society's scholarly journal, the Oregon Historical Quarterly
  • Free admission to the library and museum
  • Invitations to member-only exhibit openings and programs

Apply to Volunteer

We are always accepting applications for new volunteers! While we can't place everyone as soon as they apply, we keep applications on file and refer to them when an opportunity arises. Please note that all OHS volunteers must pass a criminal background check prior to beginning their service.

Online Application


Please contact our volunteer office: