Share Your Time
Volunteers excavating at the Salonie Mound site, 2006.
Docent - Greet visitors, give gallery tours, staff the museum store, assist children with educational programs or help to create a special event.
Laboratory Technician - Assist with the care of collections. Lab volunteers help to clean and label artifacts, identify photographs, assemble exhibits, and organize collections.
Field Assistant - Get your hands dirty while studying a prehistoric settlement with museum archaeologists through our Community Archaeology Program. Volunteers assist with all aspects of a professional excavation, from digging and screening to mapping and photography for a up to a month each summer.
Site Steward - Help archaeologists monitor sites around Kodiak. Learn about Kodiak archaeology, visit sites, record their condition, and return the information to the museum. This summer-long program helps local land managers care for sites on public lands.
Volunteer Spotlight - Anna DonaldsonAnna Donaldson left her home in Oregon three months ago, moving to Kodiak with her husband who is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard. Although she is new to the community, she is already involved. After hearing an Alutiiq Museum presentation at the Coast Guard base, Anna signed up to volunteer.
“I thought it was so great that the museum had come and really wanted the Coast Guard to be part of Kodiak, because it is. I thought that if they could reach out, I could reach out too.”
Anna has always been interested in museums. She studied studio art and art history in college and now runs a successful greeting card business, Hummingbird Message, selling her original illustrations and watercolors.
As a volunteer, Anna works mainly with collections, cleaning and labeling artifacts and caring for archives. She also assists with events, helping us to run programs like the First Friday Art Walk. And now she is training to become a museum docent, a person who greets visitors, answers questions, and gives tours.
For anyone considering volunteering at the museum Anna recommends giving it a try. “The museum has such an encouraging, friendly staff and it’s fun to learn about where you live, especially if you’re new.”