We are ready to add you to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium team or match you with one of the Dubuque County Historical properties. Whether it’s one day a month, one day a week, two to four hours a day, or just for special events, we want you to be part of our mission.

Volunteering has its benefits:

    • Free or reduced museum admissions
    • Gift shop discounts
    • Food and beverage discounts
    • Documentation for your resume
    • Satisfaction in helping others

To volunteer for the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium Download a PDF of the application. The application may be submitted by email to vsutter@rivermuseum.com or printed and delivered by mail or in person.

Here’s how you can help:

Greeters: Help us meet and greet the public who come to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium or Mathias Ham House Historic Site.

Docent/Educator: Interpret exhibits to enhance visitors’ experiences.

Special Events: Help us put on some of our very successful events like the July 4th Ice Cream Social, Taste of Dubuque, and Ice Fest.

Archives: Help sort historic photographs and inventory museum collections.

Mailings: A social, necessary and easy task. Expect to talk, nibble, and socialize while you stuff envelopes.

No experience required! We will provide any necessary training — just bring your smile and a helpful attitude!

Greeter

Greeters stand near the Main Entrance and welcome every visitor to the Museum & Aquarium with a smile. They answer questions, briefly explain the campus, give directions and maps, and help our guests to the best of their ability (or find them someone who can). Greeters should be outgoing, friendly, knowledgeable, and excellent at customer service.

As with all volunteers, greeters are representatives of the Museum & Aquarium. They are required to wear a clean uniform with name badge. Using a cell phone, eating, and drinking are not permitted while greeting.

Touch Tank Volunteer

Touch Tank Volunteers attend to the Sturgeon Touch Tank in the Mississippi River Center. They explain proper hand-washing to guests and offer help as needed. There will be an Educator on hand to answer in-depth questions. Touch Tank Volunteers should be outgoing, friendly, knowledgeable, and excellent at customer service.

As with all volunteers, Touch Tank Volunteers are representatives of the Museum & Aquarium. They are required to wear a clean uniform with name badge. Using a cell phone, eating, and drinking are not permitted while at their post.

RiverWorks Assistant

RiverWorks Assistants help the Educator at the RiverWorks Stream TAble in the National River Center. They help clean up water, hang up smocks, and collect boats.  RiverWorks Assistants should be outgoing, friendly, knowledgeable, and excellent at customer service.

As with all volunteers, Touch Tank Volunteers are representatives of the Museum & Aquarium. They are required to wear a clean uniform with name badge. This area can get wet so proper footwear should be worn for safety. Using a cell phone, eating, and drinking are not permitted while at their post.

Special Events

Volunteers that select to volunteer their time at special events will be updated regularly by email/newsletter of the upcoming volunteer needs. The Museum & Aquarium holds approximately one-two special events per month the will require volunteer help. Volunteer positions include but are not limited to: event set-up and teardown, ticket sales, food/beverage booth, money handling, donation booth, children’s games, & more!  Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator with any questions regarding special events.