The National Museum of the United States Army has taken another step forward by opening applications for their Volunteer Program. The National Army Museum is now accepting applications for volunteers who will work alongside the museum staff to provide visitor support when the facility is open and operating.
Zelpha Anderson, chief, Visitor Services Division, said she is looking for individuals who are passionate about the U.S. Army and sharing the stories of the men and women who have worn the Army uniform throughout our nation’s history. There will be a variety of volunteer opportunities, such as visitor services, special events, tours, education, outdoor activities, and administration. Through the application process, interested volunteers will have the opportunity to share their skills, interests and abilities to help match them to a volunteer position.
The museum staff anticipates approximately 750,000 visitors annually and the facility will be open every day of the year, except December 25.
“The Museum will be a premier travel destination and will offer an assortment of programs and events, in addition to touring the historic galleries,” explained Anderson. “We will need a robust volunteer force to ensure an outstanding visitor experience.”
Anderson says her goal is to gather a group of 300 volunteers who are trained and ready for the Museum’s opening in 2020. The volunteer application is available now; interviews will begin late this summer and training will begin in the fall.
“I am so excited to begin this phase of the project because of the enthusiasm we’re seeing from those who are interested in volunteering,” remarked Anderson. “Veterans, history lovers, Army family members, local residents … they are all stepping forward with passion and offering to share their talents and time with us at the Museum.”
The Museum staff also has a goal of developing a volunteer corps that will reflect the diversity of the Army and of their visitors, and encourages everyone to apply.
“You don’t need a specific degree or work experience to be a volunteer,” emphasized Anderson. “What we need is you.”
To learn more about volunteering at the NMUSA, or to apply, visit armyhistory.org/museum-volunteers or call 800-506-2672.