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As a community, we celebrate the unique culture and heritage of Chenango County together. Join us in the many opportunities available to support our mission!

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Membership

Our members are the heart and soul of our organization. Admission to our museum is a free-will donation left up to each visitor’s discretion, and approximately 75% of our public programming is offered free of charge.

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The Legacy

Over the course of an academic year, hundreds of children from Chenango County schools visit our campus. Last spring, one particularly cheerful young student was overheard saying, “This is my first time at a museum, and I LOVE it!”

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Volunteer

CCHS volunteers are passionate supporters who make vital contributions to our museum. Those who donate their time are provided guidance and training to ensure a positive and beneficial experience for both CCHS and all members of our volunteer team.

 

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Membership

In 2019, all of our members had the privilege of celebrating a ‘Diamond & Pearl’ milestone – the 80th anniversary of the Chenango County Historical Society’s first provisional charter! 

Whenever someone activates their membership with CCHS, they become part of a long-standing community tradition. Our members see the potential in our mission and make an investment to support the advancement of research, education, and enjoyment of Chenango County history.

Thanks to our members, the Chenango County Historical Society has been the primary organization dedicated to actively and comprehensively preserving the history of Chenango County for over 80 years!

Our members are the heart and soul of our organization. Admission to our museum is a free-will donation left up to each visitor’s discretion, and approximately 75% of our public programming is offered free of charge. Our organization is able to remain a sustainable resource thanks to the tremendous support of our members. 

For details on how to become a member of the Chenango County Historical Society, call (607) 334-9227.

The Legacy

Over the course of an academic year, hundreds of children from Chenango County schools visit our campus. Last spring, one particularly cheerful young student was overheard saying, “This is my first time at a museum, and I LOVE it!”

 This is the kind of enthusiasm that inspires everything we do. What better way to lead and support the education and enjoyment of our local cultural heritage than by engaging young people?

Our goal moving forward is to generate sustainable annual support which can be used to offset the cost of Field Trip Experiences for all eight public school districts in Chenango County.  This will ensure that every child in every local school has the opportunity to experience our museum each year.

To achieve this goal, we invite you to join our monthly giving society, The Legacy. Members of The Legacy agree to make a monthly gift of at least $15 through our convenient on-line portal.

Help bring the love of our museum to hundreds of Chenango County children!

 

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Volunteer

CCHS volunteers are passionate supporters who make vital contributions to our museum. Our program is designed to engage volunteers in our mission while providing fulfilling and transformative opportunities across our organization. Those who donate their time are provided guidance and training to ensure a positive and beneficial experience for both CCHS and all members of our volunteer team.

Volunteer Positions

Administrative Support

Support museum activities by performing a variety of clerical and administrative tasks while ensuring positive and productive interactions between staff, visitors, and volunteers. In the absence of a Museum Ambassador, the Administrative Assistant also serves as a welcoming, inclusive, and professional representative of the organization, providing a hospitable environment and rewarding learning experience for visitors.

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SUPERVISED BY: Executive Director and/or Bookkeeper

PURPOSE OF ROLE: Support museum activities by performing a variety of clerical and administrative tasks while ensuring positive and productive interactions between staff, visitors, and volunteers. In the absence of a Museum Ambassador, the Administrative Assistant also serves as a welcoming, inclusive, and professional representative of the organization, providing a hospitable environment and rewarding learning experience for visitors.

DUTIES MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  1. Arrive at the museum at least 6 minutes before your assigned time.
  2. Handle office tasks, such as filing, accepting Deed of Gift forms, generating reports, preparing donor acknowledgement letters, hand-writing thank you notes, setting up for meetings, and answering phones.
  3. Greet guests upon their arrival and ensure that they register.
  4. Promote membership opportunities.
  5. Handle cash transactions in Museum Shop.
  6. Conduct mini-tours of approximately ten minutes in length.
  7. Keep informed regarding changes in museum exhibits and/or procedures.
  8. Provide clerical assistance with museum projects.
  9. Find a replacement volunteer if you cannot cover your original shift.  
  10. Assist in preserving collections by providing auxiliary security in exhibits.
  11. Other related tasks as needed. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

✔  Age 21 or older

✔  Basic computer skills

✔  High School graduate

✔  Personable, outgoing

✔  Reliable, responsible

✔  Comfortable speaking to small and large groups of people of all ages

Prior knowledge of Chenango County history is unnecessary; volunteers should have a working knowledge of American history and a strong desire to learn.

DESIRABLE ATTRIBUTES:

✔  Able to accept supervision and work independently

✔  Comfortable speaking before groups of people

✔  Enjoy meeting and interacting with other people

✔  Experienced in cash-handling techniques

✔  Neat penmanship

✔  Punctual and reliable

MANDATORY TRAINING/ORIENTATION PROVIDED:

Following at least one tour by a lead tour guide

Give a sample tour to other volunteers and/or staff

Review of safety procedures, insurance waiver, collections care, and anti-harassment policies

Volunteers receive additional training while assisting in the office. This “on-the-job training” enables volunteers to learn more about the day-to-day operations

Total time involved in mandatory training will be no more than three hours

TIME COMMITMENT:

Volunteers are asked to staff the museum in a minimum of three and a half-hour blocks. Office hours are 9 am through 4 pm, Wednesday through Saturday, from February through December.

ATTIRE:

Volunteers should wear clothing appropriate for working in an office setting; business-casual attire is recommended. Jewelry and piercings should be minimal and worn in moderation.

Community Ambassador

Serve as a welcoming, inclusive, and professional representative of the organization, providing a rewarding learning experience for museum visitors.

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SUPERVISED BY: Executive Director and/or Volunteer Coordinator

PURPOSE OF ROLE: Serve as a welcoming, inclusive, and professional representative of the organization, providing a rewarding learning experience for museum visitors.

DUTIES MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  1. Arrive at event outreach location at least 12 minutes before assigned time.
  2. Greet people and encourage them to provide contact information.
  3. Facilitate hands-on, interactive activities at our event booth/table.
  4. Promote membership opportunities.
  5. Keep informed regarding changes in museum exhibits and/or procedures.
  6. Find a replacement volunteer if you cannot cover your original shift.
  7. Other related tasks as needed.     

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

✔  Age 18 or older

✔  Personable, outgoing

✔  Reliable, responsible

✔  Comfortable speaking to small and large groups of people of all ages

Extensive prior knowledge of Chenango County history is unnecessary; volunteers should have a working knowledge of American history and willingness to learn.

DESIRABLE ATTRIBUTES:

✔  Able to accept supervision and work independently

✔  Comfortable speaking before groups of people

✔  Enjoy meeting and interacting with other people

✔  Punctual and reliable

MANDATORY TRAINING/ORIENTATION PROVIDED:

Give a sample presentation to other volunteers and/or staff

Review of safety procedures, insurance waiver, and anti-harassment policies

Volunteers receive additional training “on-the-job,” enabling them to more effectively engage with the public

Total time involved in mandatory training is no more than three hours

TIME COMMITMENT:

Ambassadors have flexibility to create their own schedule around the needs of the community program being staffed.

ATTIRE:

Volunteers should wear clothing appropriate for general outreach while serving as a positive representative of the organization. Comfortable shoes and business-casual attire is recommended. Jewelry and piercings should be minimal and worn in moderation.

Construction Assistant

To ensure that the CCHS campus and facilities are well-maintained for public use.

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SUPERVISED BY: B&G Committee Chair

PURPOSE OF ROLE: To ensure that the CCHS campus and facilities are well-maintained for public use.

DUTIES MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  1. Arrive at the museum at least 6 minutes before your assigned time.
  2. Keep informed regarding changes in museum procedures.
  3. General tasks:
  •       Assist with construction tasks related to preventative and overall facility maintenance
  •       Be responsible for proper use of materials, tools, and supplies used in assigned tasks
  •       Follow all applicable safety guidelines to ensure volunteer safety
  •       Participate in supervised assignments as required for successful completion of construction projects and management of resources
  1. Other related tasks as needed. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

✔  Age 18 or older

✔  Reliable, responsible

✔  Ability to walk, bend, carry, and move depending on tasks assigned

DESIRABLE ATTRIBUTES:

✔  Able to accept supervision and work independently

✔  Enjoy working with their hands

✔  General knowledge of using workshop equipment

✔  Punctual and reliable

✔  Some experience with hand tools and specialty tools

MANDATORY TRAINING/ORIENTATION PROVIDED:

General overview of safety procedures, insurance waiver, collections care, and anti-harassment policies

Assistants receive additional training while working around the campus; this “on-the-job training” enables them to learn more about day-to-day operations

Total time involved in mandatory training is no more than three hours

TIME COMMITMENT:

Construction Assistants are part of the ‘Wednesday Work Crew’ which meets every Wednesday from 8 am until noon from March through December.

ATTIRE:

Construction Assistants are to wear shirts with sleeves, long work pants, and sturdy, close-toed work shoes or boots. Sleeveless or tank top shirts, short pants, sweatpants, sneakers, sandals, and high-heeled or open-toed shoes are not permitted. Jewelry and piercings should be minimal and worn in moderation.

Curatorial Assistant

Assist with assembling, cataloguing, registering, and managing museum collections.

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SUPERVISED BY: Executive Director and/or Museum Collections Chairperson

PURPOSE OF ROLE: Assist with assembling, cataloguing, registering, and managing museum collections.

DUTIES MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  1. Arrive at the museum at least 6 minutes before your assigned time.
  2. Keep informed regarding changes in museum exhibits and/or procedures.
  3. Review information shared on Volunteer Message Board.
  4. Maintain and update accurate records pertaining to the collection, using a variety of collections management systems.
  5. Provide curatorial assistance with collections, including cataloging, photography, and artifact management.
  6. Ensure safe storage of collection pieces.
  7. Assist in setting up and/or assembling artifacts for exhibit.
  8. Perform general housekeeping duties related to the collection, i.e. dusting.
  9. Other related tasks as needed. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

✔  Age 18 or older

✔  High School graduate

✔  Detail-oriented

✔  Flexible

✔  Reliable, responsible

Extensive prior knowledge of Chenango County history is unnecessary, but assistants should have a working knowledge of American history and a desire to learn.

DESIRABLE ATTRIBUTES:

✔  Able to accept supervision and work independently

✔  Comfortable taking digital photos and using a computerized database

✔  Neat penmanship

✔  Punctual and reliable

MANDATORY TRAINING/ORIENTATION PROVIDED:

General overview of safety procedures, insurance waiver, collections care, and anti-harassment policies.

Total time involved in mandatory training is no more than three hours

Assistants receive training while in the office on a per-project basis. This “on-the-job training” enables volunteers to learn more about the day-to-day operations.

TIME COMMITMENT:

Volunteers have flexibility to create their own schedule around the needs of the collection’s needs. Office hours are 9 am through 4 pm, Wednesday through Saturday, from February through December.

ATTIRE:

Volunteers should wear clothing appropriate for working in an office setting; business-casual attire and sturdy, close-toed shoes are recommended. Jewelry and piercings should be minimal and worn in moderation.

Field Trip Experience

Serve as a welcoming, inclusive, and professional representative of the organization, providing a rewarding learning experience for students participating in School Field Trips at the museum. Engage students with fun, object-based activities that get them focused on themes through the exhibit spaces while inspiring them to learn more about local history.

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SUPERVISED BY: Executive Director and/or Education Committee Chair

PURPOSE OF ROLE: Serve as a welcoming, inclusive, and professional representative of the organization, providing a rewarding learning experience for students participating in School Field Trips at the museum. Engage students with fun, object-based activities that get them focused on themes through the exhibit spaces while inspiring them to learn more about local history.

DUTIES MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  1. Prepare “lesson plans.”
  2. Arrive at least 20 minutes before students arrive.
  3. Facilitate accurate and interactive tours in various location of the facility.
  4. Keep informed regarding changes in museum exhibits and/or procedures.
  5. Find a replacement volunteer if you cannot cover your original shift.
  6. Other related tasks as needed.    

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

✔  Age 21 or older

✔  High School graduate

✔  Personable, outgoing

✔  Reliable, responsible

✔  Comfortable speaking to small and large groups of people of all ages

Extensive prior knowledge of Chenango County history is unnecessary; volunteers should have a working knowledge of American history and willingness to learn.

DESIRABLE ATTRIBUTES:

✔  Able to accept supervision and work independently

✔  Background in education

✔  Comfortable speaking before groups of people

✔  Enjoy meeting and interacting with other people

✔  Punctual and reliable

✔  Ideal opportunity for student teachers, retired educators, and those who enjoy working with children.

MANDATORY TRAINING/ORIENTATION PROVIDED:

Give a sample presentation to other volunteers and/or staff

Review of safety procedures, insurance waiver, and anti-harassment policies

Volunteers receive additional training “on-the-job,” enabling them to more effectively engage with the public

Total time involved in mandatory training is no more than three hours

TIME COMMITMENT:

Field Trip Experiences are scheduled throughout the public school year, depending upon each school district’s availability. Programs are coordinated by CCHS staff around volunteer availability, and periodic meetings are held to prepare for the school visits. Field Trip Experiences are typically held between 8 am and 1 pm on weekdays.

ATTIRE:

Volunteers should wear clothing appropriate for working with school-aged children. Comfortable shoes and business-casual attire is recommended. Jewelry and piercings should be minimal and worn in moderation.

Maintenance Assistant

To ensure that the CCHS campus and facilities are clean and tidy for activities throughout the week.

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SUPERVISED BY: Executive Director and/or Bookkeeper

PURPOSE OF ROLE: To ensure that the CCHS campus and facilities are clean and tidy for activities throughout the week.

DUTIES MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  1. Arrive at the museum at least 12 minutes before your assigned time.
  2. Keep informed regarding changes in museum procedures.
  3. Find a replacement volunteer if you cannot cover your original shift.  
  4. General Cleaning
  •       Dusting display cases and moldings
  •       Sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping floors
  •       Washing windows
  •       Walking grounds for trash pick-up
  •       Trash removal
  •       Special projects to be assigned
  1. Other related tasks as needed. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

✔  Age 18 or older

✔  Reliable, responsible

✔  Ability to walk, bend, carry, and move depending on tasks assigned

DESIRABLE ATTRIBUTES:

✔  Able to accept supervision and work independently

✔  Enjoy working with their hands

✔  General knowledge of using cleaning equipment

✔  Punctual and reliable

MANDATORY TRAINING/ORIENTATION PROVIDED:

Review of safety procedures, insurance waiver, collections care, and anti-harassment policies

Assistants receive additional training while working around the campus. This “on-the-job training” enables volunteers to learn more about day-to-day operations

Total time involved in mandatory training is no longer than three hours

TIME COMMITMENT:

Maintenance Assistants have flexibility to create their own schedule around the needs of the facilities’ needs, to include times when the space is open to the public and also when it is not.

ATTIRE:

Volunteers should wear clothing appropriate for general cleaning while still serving as a positive representative of the organization. Torn or ripped garments, sleeveless or tank top shirts, short pants, sweatpants, sandals, and high-heeled or open-toed shoes are not recommended. Jewelry and piercings should be minimal and worn in moderation.

Museum Ambassador

Serve as a welcoming, inclusive, and professional representative of the organization, providing a hospitable environment and rewarding learning experience for visitors.

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SUPERVISED BY: Executive Director and/or Bookkeeper

PURPOSE OF ROLE: Serve as a welcoming, inclusive, and professional representative of the organization, providing a hospitable environment and rewarding learning experience for visitors.

DUTIES MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  1. Arrive at the museum at least 12 minutes before your assigned time.
  2. Greet guests upon their arrival and ensure that they register.
  3. Direct visitors to specific galleries or exhibition spaces as needed.
  4. Provide information to patrons such as donation policy and appointment hours for collection materials as needed.
  5. Promote membership opportunities.
  6. Handle cash transactions in Museum Shop.
  7. Conduct mini-tours of approximately ten minutes in length.
  8. Adapt mini-tours based on feedback as appropriate.
  9. Keep informed regarding changes in museum exhibits and/or procedures.
  10. Provide clerical assistance with museum projects, including accepting Deed of         Gift forms and hand-writing donor thank you notes.
  11. In the event that a staff member is unavailable, take hand-written messages.
  12. Find a replacement volunteer if you cannot cover your original shift.  
  13. Assist in preserving collections by providing auxiliary security in exhibits.
  14. Other related tasks as needed. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

✔  Age 18 or older

✔  Basic computer skills and willingness to learn

✔  Personable, outgoing

✔  Reliable, responsible

✔  Comfortable speaking to small and large groups of people of all ages

Prior knowledge of Chenango County history is unnecessary; volunteers should have a working knowledge of American history and a strong desire to learn.

DESIRABLE ATTRIBUTES:

✔  Able to accept supervision and work independently

✔  Comfortable speaking before groups of people

✔  Enjoy meeting and interacting with other people

✔  Experienced in cash-handling techniques

✔  Neat penmanship

✔  Punctual and reliable

MANDATORY TRAINING/ORIENTATION PROVIDED:

Following at least one tour by a lead tour guide

Give a sample tour to other volunteers and/or staff

Review of safety procedures, insurance waiver, collections care, and anti-harassment policies

Ambassadors receive additional training while assisting in the office. This “on-the-job training” enables volunteers to learn about the day-to-day operations

Total time involved in mandatory training is no more than three hours

TIME COMMITMENT:

Volunteers are asked to staff the museum in a minimum of three and a half-hour blocks. Office hours are 9 am through 4 pm, Wednesday through Saturday, from February through December.

ATTIRE:

Volunteers should wear clothing appropriate for working in an office setting; business-casual attire is recommended. Jewelry and piercings should be minimal and worn in moderation.

Paperback Exchange (PBX)

Serve as a welcoming, inclusive, and professional representative of the organization, providing a hospitable environment and rewarding retail experience for patrons.

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SUPERVISED BY: PBX Coordinator and/or Bookkeeper

PURPOSE OF ROLE: Serve as a welcoming, inclusive, and professional representative of the organization, providing a hospitable environment and rewarding retail experience for patrons.

DUTIES MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  1. Arrive at the PBX at least 12 minutes before your assigned time.
  2. Greet and welcome patrons upon their arrival.
  3. Handle cash transactions in Paperback Book Exchange.
  4. Manage credit exchanges for books brought in by patrons.
  5. Keep informed regarding changes in procedures.
  6. Find a replacement volunteer if you cannot cover your original shift.
  7. Other related tasks as needed. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

✔  Age 18 or older

✔  High School graduate

✔  Personable, outgoing

✔  Reliable, responsible

✔  Comfortable handling cash transactions

Extensive prior knowledge of retail operations is unnecessary; volunteers should have a working knowledge of cash handling procedures and a desire to learn.

DESIRABLE ATTRIBUTES:

✔  Able to accept supervision and work independently

✔  Enjoy meeting and interacting with other people

✔  Experienced in cash-handling techniques

✔  Punctual and reliable

MANDATORY TRAINING/ORIENTATION PROVIDED:

Shadow at least one volunteer shift

Review of safety procedures, insurance waiver, and anti-harassment policies

Minimum time involved in training is approximately 4 hours, with continuous education on an as-needed basis

TIME COMMITMENT:

Volunteers are asked to staff the PBX in a minimum of three hour blocks. Shop hours are 10 am through 1 pm and 1 pm through 4 pm, Wednesday through Friday, and 10 am through 1 pm on Saturday.

Special Event

Managing responsibilities of special events and serving as a welcoming, inclusive, and professional representative of the organization.

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SUPERVISED BY: Executive Director and/or Volunteer Coordinator

PURPOSE OF ROLE: Managing responsibilities of special events and serving as a welcoming, inclusive, and professional representative of the organization.

DUTIES MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  1. Arrive at event outreach location at least 12 minutes before assigned time.
  2. Greet people and encourage them to provide contact information.
  3. Facilitate hands-on, interactive activities.
  4. Promote membership opportunities.
  5. Keep informed regarding changes in museum exhibits and/or procedures.
  6. Find a replacement volunteer if you cannot cover your original shift.  
  7. Other related tasks as needed. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

✔  Age 21 or older

✔  High School graduate

✔  Personable, outgoing

✔  Reliable, responsible

✔  Comfortable speaking to small and large groups of people of all ages

Extensive prior knowledge of Chenango County history is unnecessary; volunteers should have a working knowledge of American history and willingness to learn.

DESIRABLE ATTRIBUTES:

✔  Able to accept supervision and work independently

✔  Enjoy meeting and interacting with other people

✔  Punctual and reliable 

MANDATORY TRAINING/ORIENTATION PROVIDED:

Review of safety procedures, insurance waiver, and anti-harassment policies

Volunteers receive additional training “on-the-job,” enabling them to more effectively engage with the public

Total time involved in mandatory training is no longer than three hours

TIME COMMITMENT:

Special Events have a very specific start and end time. Volunteers should plan to be available for the duration.

ATTIRE:

Volunteers should wear clothing appropriate for working with the public and serving as a positive representative of the organization. Comfortable shoes and business-casual attire is recommended. Jewelry and piercings should be minimal and worn in moderation.