Volunteer Opportunities


History Center volunteers are managed through each department, based on an individual’s interests, skill sets, and availability.  Read on to get an idea of what volunteers might do to help us collect, preserve and share the stories of York County!

Administration: Administrative volunteers assist our staff with daily operations of the organization. Volunteers in our development, marketing and information technology areas help with information processing and data entry, market research and community outreach activities, and assisting with mailings and other tasks.

Collections Department: Help the Collections and Exhibits Department manage the History Center’s exceptional collection of historic material objects. Duties may include cataloging and inventorying objects, helping with exhibit preparation, or object research. – Not currently accepting new volunteers in this area, check back in the future! 

Visitor Engagement Department: The Visitor Engagement Department manages the visitor educational experience of the History Center. Serve as a guide for public, school or group tours at specific sites or help with special events and programs throughout the year for audiences of all ages.

Library & Archives: Library & Archives volunteers assist library visitors, researchers and staff. Reading Room volunteers greet visitors, retrieve and re-shelve materials, make photocopies, and guide researchers in use of the archival and library collections. Additional opportunities may include behind the scenes projects such as cataloging, digitizing photographs and documents, or processing genealogy requests.  Currently we are looking for volunteers with experience in genealogy research and volunteers to conduct oral histories.    

Special Events: Assist the History Center with large fundraisers, festivals and special events. Responsibilities may include day of event activities and pre-planning and preparation.

Becoming a Volunteer

All volunteers receive training and orientation and are typically able to work a flexible schedule based on their availability. The History Center invites all volunteers to become members of the organization.

Click the “Become a Volunteer” banner below to fill out a Volunteer Application or contact a specific department to learn more information about becoming a York County History Center Volunteer.

Questions? Email us at volunteer@yorkhistorycenter.org or call (717) 848-1587, ext. 303.

Volunteer Portal:

If you are already a volunteer with us, click this link to see our current needs.

Community Service Opportunities

Students who need community service hours to satisfy a club, school project or graduation requirements are invited to email or call. Do not submit an online application. Please specify that you are seeking community service hours for these purposes. Applicable background checks may be required by state law and York County History Center policy.