Volunteer Opportunities

Docents

A Museum is only as strong as the community that supports it, and Museum Docents are the keystone of Blackhawk Museum. Highly knowledgeable and extremely passionate, they give their free time to enhance the experience of every visitor that comes through the door. Whether representing the Museum at a Car Show, giving a guided tour on the weekend, teaching a class of children where the automobile belongs in history, or simply lending their real-world expertise to the Museum’s staff, the Blackhawk Museum couldn’t function without these volunteers. For information and to receive a docent packet please contact Nora Wagner at (925) 736-2277 ext 238 and leave a name, number and address on her voicemail or at nwagner@blackhawkmuseum.org.

Spirit of the Old West Gallery Guides

With the opening of “The Spirit of the Old West” exhibition in February 2015, a new accelerated Gallery Guide Training was developed to accommodate the many school and adult groups that are enjoying the gallery as of March when touring of the new exhibition began. The role of these educational volunteers is to orient groups about the exhibition as they lead visitors through the gallery in a general way.

The Museum’s New Docents Training Program begins with an orientation to the program and the Museum. Training sessions by staff and guest speakers are held two Thursday mornings a month from 10am-Noon. Graduation is in June and there are no sessions held in December.

Gallery Guides learn about permanent and changing exhibitions at the Museum as well as touring techniques for diverse visitors. For information and to receive a docent packet please contact Nora Wagner at (925) 736-2277 ext 238 and leave a name, number and address on her voicemail or at nwagner@blackhawkmuseum.org.

Friends of the Blackhawk Museums

The Friends of the Museums originated as “The Guild” and was organized in 1991 by co-founder Pat Behring as the volunteer entity of the Museum. While docents form a part of the Friends of the Museums, there are Friends of the Museums members who support the Museum in other ways, such as fundraising and operational activities.

This diverse group also offers their volunteer expertise as Program, Library and/or Information/Reception Desk Aides, or assist in other ways, including gallery hosting and special events.

The fundraising proceeds go to the Museum’s Education & Transportation Fund which makes possible the presentation of more Family Programs than would otherwise be feasible, and which also defrays a large portion of busing expenses for field trips to the Museum for schools in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

Guild Meetings

The Friends of the Blackhawk Museums meets at the Museum at 10 AM the second Wednesday of each month except August and December, and welcomes guests to these meetings to get acquainted. Meetings feature interesting speakers and presentations. For information about the The Friends of the Museums, please call 925.736.2277 extension 239, or contact the staff member at the reception desk in the main lobby the next time you visit the Museums.