Preservation Chapel Hill

Volunteer

​Preservation Chapel Hill fulfills a critical role in our community, working to preserve our

historic resources while balancing the needs of our growing community. We rely on the

efforts of dedicated volunteers to fulfill our mission to preserve, advocate, and educate.

As a volunteer, you will preserve historic places, advocate for historic preservation initiatives,

and educate others about the importance of historic preservation.

Historic Preservation Volunteers

further historic preservation efforts in Chapel Hill by taking an active role in preservation projects under the direction of PCH Board and Committee Members

 

Responsibilities:

1. Attend meetings as appropriate regarding selected project
2. Complete research, reports, and other documents as needed for selected project
3. Provide recommendations to the Preservation Committee with the Executive Director's guidance

4. Remain up-to-date on preservation issues affecting our community, region, state, and nation

 

Preferred Commitment:

Volunteers should be prepared to commit fully to a project for the duration of that project. Projects will be selected with the guidance of the Executive Director based on the hours the volunteer has to commit to PCH and the volunteer's interests.

 

Training and Skills:

Volunteers will learn preservation practices, preservation law, technical skills, and research skills. Some background in history or preservation is preferred, but not necessary.

Administrative Assistants

prepare and distribute mailings and flyers connected to the membership, assist with marketing, and assist with fundraising efforts

 

Responsibilities:

1. Collating and folding material to be inserted into the envelopes
2. Filling envelopes
3. Creating documents depending on computer skill level
4. Printing and distribution of documents and flyers for events
5. Researching documents and online internet materials depending on computer and research skill level
6. Conducting computer research for events, programming, historical information

 

Preferred Commitment:

A minimum commitment of one hour per week for a six-month period is preferred.

 

Training and Skills:

Volunteers will learn basic computer skills including internet, spreadsheets, and word processing. No prior experience is necessary, just willingness to learn!

Archival Assistants

file archival material in categories including Preservation Chapel Hill history; research/projects; and book collection, provide materials to researchers upon request

 

Responsibilities:

1. Photocopying and filing
2. Proper care and handling of materials
3. Update finding aids
4. Data entry
5. Labeling and dating of documents

 

Preferred Commitment:

A minimum commitment of two hours per week for a six-month period is preferred.

 

Training and Skills:

Volunteers will learn archival skills and best practices for handling and preserving archival materials. No prior experience is necessary, just willingness to learn!

 

Special Event Volunteers

assist PCH staff with special events in publicizing, marketing, event preparation, and coordination. Special events may include our annual Holiday House Tour, Community Easter Egg Hunt, and Voices from the Grave

 

Responsibilities:

1. Staffing information tables and providing public interface
2. Professional and courteous attitude, an ability to work with the public
3. Photocopying and submitting dates and information for calendars
4. Selling memberships and Preservation Chapel Hill merchandise
5. Marketing events and distributing flyers
6. Event set up and clean up

 

Preferred Commitment:

A minimum commitment of one event per six-month period is preferred. Special Event volunteers may be requested to work on weekends, evenings, and have a flexible schedule.

 

Training and Skills:

Volunteers will learn marketing strategies and public interaction skills. No prior experience is necessary, just willingness to learn!

 

Education Volunteers

assist PCH staff with education programmin by learning interpretive materials for tours and programs, leading educational tours and school field trips, and marketing educational opportunities

 

Responsibilities:

1. Conducting guided tours and field trip programs
2. Be comfortable speaking to small and large groups of people of all ages
3. Publicize and market educational programming to local schools and organizations

 

Preferred Commitment:

A minimum commitment of one tour or educational program per quarter (3 months) for a six-month period is preferred.

 

Training and Skills:

Volunteers will learn education theory, age-specific learning abilities, and best practices in museum education and guiding tours. No prior experience is necessary, just willingness to learn!

 

Committee Volunteers

further historic preservation efforts in Chapel Hill and support the activities of Preservation Chapel Hill through service on a board committee

 

Responsibilities:

1. Attending monthly meetings.
2. Photocopying and filing materials for and from meetings.
3. Participating in committee decisions.

4. Remaining up-to-date and educated on the issues related to the committee’s activities

 

Preferred Commitment:

Board and board committee terms are one year.

 

Training and Skills:

Committee members are trained within their committees based on the responsibilities of that committee. Committee descriptions may be obtained from Preservation Chapel Hill. No prior experience is necessary, just willingness to learn!

 

To download the Volunteer Application, please click here.

 

For more information about volunteer opportunities, please email us at info@preservationchapelhill.org.