Volunteer Opportunities

Looking to make a difference in your community? Volunteers are vital to the Brick Store Museum’s year-round mission to make personal connections to local history, art and culture through a variety of avenues that are essential to community learning.

While some volunteers maintain a regular schedule each week to work on ongoing projects, others prefer helping out as needed with specific events or activities.

The volunteers of the Brick Store Museum give their time and talents to support the following activities:

  • Museum gallery docents and guides
    • Lead special group tours inside the Museum
    • Lead walking tours of Kennebunk’s historic district and Kennebunk Beach (seasonal – see below)
  • Administrative support
    • Visitor services – greeting visitors, answering questions, selling tickets and helping visitors with in-store purchases
    • Publicity distribution of Museum brochures and event posters to local businesses
    • Office support and data entry
  • Special event planning and staffing
  • Collections
    • Cataloging projects, data entry
    • Archival support/scanning
  • Educational programs and school group tours
  • Gardening in the Museum’s Victory Garden
  • Curatorial installations
  • Facilities assistance (painting, moving museum furniture/large artifacts, small repairs, etc.)
  • Becoming a committee member on the following committees:
    • Special Events Committee
    • Finance Committee
    • Collections Committee
    • Facilities Committee
    • Garden Committee
    • Education Committee

Would YOU like to join our dedicated team? Give us a call at 207.985.4802, stop in at the Museum to introduce yourself, or email the Museum at [email protected] We’ll ask you to fill out a form (see Volunteer Form below) that will help us best match our various needs with your interests and availability.

Priority Volunteer Opportunities for 2019:

  • Event Committee: Steampunk Fair
    • One of the Museum’s biggest and busiest events of the year is the annual Southern Maine Steampunk Fair each August. This year is the 5th Anniversary celebration, and will be larger than ever!
    • Join the Steampunk Committee and help Museum staff plan for fun! Responsibilities will include brainstorming and carrying-out Steampunk-related tasks; researching and booking entertainment; corresponding with vendors and sponsors; marketing the event and hanging posters; and volunteering at the event. Committee members who plan on vending at the Fair receive 50% discount on space rental.
  • Facilities Committee and Volunteers
    • Members of the facilities committee and facilities volunteers are interested in a variety of responsibilities – technology; reducing our carbon footprint; gardening and lawncare; building preservation; exhibition upkeep; simple carpentry; and much more. This volunteer work is perfect for the person who wants to spend an hour or so per week (or month!) working on small facilities projects, while recommending larger tasks to be completed for the safety and enjoyment of museum visitors. The Facilities Committee meets quarterly to discuss new strategies and needs for the museum and grounds.
  • Event Committee: Vintage Base Ball Game
    • Help the Museum plan and carry out this engaging program! Now in its third year, the Vintage Base Ball Game, played by the Maine Dirigo Base Ball Club, occurs in early June. Volunteers on this committee will help to develop the program, including partnerships with local sponsors; food vending; program materials; hanging posters; volunteering on game day, and more. Monthly meetings of the committee will start in February. This is a fun family event that could really use your help!
  • Event Committee: Garden Party & History Tour
    • The Museum’s new event – formerly the Holiday Tea, but switched to the summer time! – will be one of the Museum’s “heaviest” volunteer events. This event is depended upon to fulfill the Museum’s fundraising goal each year. By joining this event committee, you will be taking part in event brainstorming; planning for catering, mini-events, and marketing; broadening the Museum’s audiences and volunteer base for the event, and more. If you would like to jump in and help us start something new, then this is it! Monthly meetings for this event will begin in February.
  • Education Committee & Program Volunteers
    • Join a team of former educators and public programming folks! The Museum Education Committee will work closely with Museum staff to carry out programs for all ages, including: Museum story times; the Shipbuilding Odyssey; the Kennebunk History Tour; art workshops; homeschooling program development; preschool program development; walking tours of Kennebunk Beach and the Historic District; family programming on weekends (artifact spotlights, etc.); and event programming (May Day, Free Fridays, etc.). If you are interested in becoming a volunteer educator; have experience in public programming or education; or are looking to learn more, please contact us. The Education Committee meets quarterly for annual planning. Volunteer hours for specific programs vary from weekly to monthly.

Weekly Volunteer Priorities:

Welcome Desk:

Do you enjoy talking with people and helping them with information? Volunteers at the Museum’s brand-new Welcome Desk greet visitors; sell admission tickets and process museum store purchases; and often act as “welcome” greeters for visitors for out of town looking for recommendations and histories. Front desk shifts work for your schedule, between 1 to 3 hours, one day a week (or more!).

Walking Tour Guide:

Did you know that the Museum currently offers two different walking tours during the summer and fall? Both are about 1 mile in length, and last about an hour. The first is our Historic District Tour, which leads visitors down Summer Street and talks about the area’s stately homes and their original owners. The second is our Kennebunk Beach tour, which offers a look at how the tourism industry and beach cottages evolved in the early 20th Century. The Museum is seeking guides for either (or both!) of these walking tours, which are scheduled on a weekly basis from June through October. Volunteers work on a revolving schedule so that each person completes 1 – 2 tours per month.

Story Time:

Do you like working with our youngest learners? Thanks to a grant from the Mrs. James Sage Coburn Fund, the Museum will be offering free story times (highlighting museum and preservation themed children’s books) one morning a week.