Estero Historical Society is a non-profit organization that depends entirely on volunteers to accomplish it’s work. Please indicate which effort best suits you.
High school and college students can earn service hours. Check with your school for any pre-approval requirements or necessary forms.
Available Volunteer Positions
The Archivist-Librarian performs a variety of professional tasks involving the acquisition,
accession, organization, and preservation of Historical Society archival and library materials; ensures their accessibility to the public; and performs research in support of Historical Society operations.
Copywriter / Editor
The Historical Society is looking for a Copywriter/Editor. The position reports to the Communications Director, and works closely with Marketing, Education, Exhibits and Institutional Advancement to review materials and contribute copy where necessary.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Proofreading, researching/fact checking, writing and editing copy conforming to the Historical Society’s mission, message and brand. Content will include Historical Society publications (e.g. newsletters and annual reports), marketing materials (e.g. direct mail, email and advertisements), event-related collateral (e.g. exhibit guides, programs and invitations), fundraising materials (e.g. proposals, grant applications and sponsorship packages), the Historical Society’s Web site and social media outlets, and speeches for various Historical Society executives with distinct constituents/audiences.
Docents develop and implement history based experiences, including tours, in the Estero Historical Society’s (EHS) cottage and schoolhouse that are social, participatory, playful, multisensory, and personally relevant to tour participants.
- Docents must be interested in and willing to facilitate tours for PreK–12 students, youth, and adults using conversation and varied kinds of interaction (movement, sound/music, tactile, etc.) to achieve identified goals for specific tour plans.
- Docents must undergo a security check facilitated by Historical Society staff.
- Experience in education, public speaking, area history is appreciated, but not required.
- Training includes:
o Interactive sessions with Historical Society staff.
o Reading and studying online resources, learning methods of inquiry-based art
exploration, hands-on interdisciplinary activities; and
o Experiencing and practicing strategies for developing interactive, engaging tours for visitors of diverse ages, cultures, abilities, and interests.
- Be a welcoming, inclusive, and professional representative of the Historical Society and member of the docent community.
- Practice and implement varied inquiry methods and teaching strategies that support visitor engagement and understanding.
- Develop and write a personal tour plan of the collection to be vetted by the coordinator of tours and docent education.
- Be at the Historical Society’s Information Desk at least 20 minutes before your assigned tour time.
- Sign up to facilitate tours
- Attend professional development sessions
- Read and be responsible for information shared in weekly staff emails and the EHS website.
- Facilitate program surveys and other surveys as needed.
- Participate in observing at least one tour by another docent each year.
- Welcome, reflect upon, and adapt tours based on feedback received from visitors, peers, and staff as appropriate.
- Be a welcoming, inclusive, and professional representative of the Historical Society.