Old Salem relies on volunteerism to meet its operational and restoration needs and is greatly appreciative of its volunteer staff! There are many opportunities for volunteers in various departments throughout the museum.

Old Salem Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Exhibit Interpreter 
    • Various locations, daily need
    • St. Philips, Blum House, Winkler Bakery, MESDA
    • Provide active and accurate storytelling to visitors
    • Some positions require costumed interpretation, depending on location
  • Garden Volunteer
    • Assist Horticulture Staff in maintaining Old Salem’s gardens
    • Single Brothers’ Garden, Triebel Garden, Miksch Garden, Levering Garden, Leinbach Garden, Cape Fear Garden,
    • Garden Volunteer Opportunities are Monday through Friday 7:30am – 1:30pm
  • Costume Shop Volunteers
    • Complete mending and alterations by hand or machine as directed
    • Make smaller costume pieces such as kerchiefs, caps, bags, collars, and bonnets
    • Make and sew on covered buttons and common buttons; make handsewn buttoholes
    • Hand sew finished edges on garments
    • Sort remnants and supplies as needed
    • Iron costume pieces
    • Assist in maintaining inventory

Volunteer Benefits

  • 20% off purchases in retail stores
  • Free admission for volunteer with Old Salem ID badge

To complete a volunteer application, please click here.

Accessibility Note:

If you are an applicant with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to apply for one of our jobs, please contact Old Salem Inc. via telephone, fax, email and other means to request and arrange for accommodations. If you need assistance to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact Old Salem by phone (336)721-7399 and/or email [email protected].  Please do not call on the status of your volunteer application if you do not require accessibility assistance or an accommodation.