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Volunteers contribute actively to our organization and assist in all phases of operation. Help when you can or participate on an ongoing basis. 

  • Assist at exhibition openings
  • Serve as event host and coordinator for Green Market Dinners
  • Distribute publicity materials
  • Join our Green Team and help maintain our beautiful historic site and period gardens
  • Assist with mailings for fundraisers, meetings and special events
  • Post events and programs on monthly online calendars

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Katrina Dorsey by email or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 20. Kindly indicate department or type of project that interests you.

Junior Volunteers and Internships

We participate in High School spring internship programs for graduating seniors and offer internships for college students throughout the year. Responsibilities vary but may entail providing administrative support, doing research, assisting with archives and exhibition projects, and supporting marketing and communications efforts.

All volunteers please contact Volunteer Coordinator Anna Greco or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 31. In your inquiry, please note department or type of project you are interested in.

Current Volunteer Openings

Archival Research Associate (Volunteer)

Do you have a passion for local history? Would you enjoy learning how to use the diverse archival collections at the Greenwich Historical Society to answer questions about Town history, locations, houses and genealogy? There are exciting volunteer opportunities available for those interested in making an extended commitment to this important and ongoing work. We are interested in those who can commit about three to four hours a week, any day Monday through Friday. You will work closely with the Curator of Archives to become familiar with the archival collections and other available information resources. You will use your new understanding to answer research questions submitted to the archives via telephone and e-mail.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the long history of the Town of Greenwich using primary and secondary sources while assisting researchers of all ages and interests. You will also be providing a great service by assisting the Historical Society in its efforts to make its collections more useful and accessible to the local community and beyond.

Candidates should enjoy working with the public, have the patience, desire and natural curiosity necessary to do research and have good writing skills.

We expect it will take four to six months for archival research associates to acquire the necessary familiarity with the collections to begin fielding research questions on a semiautonomous basis. For this reason, we are interested in candidates who are interested in and able to volunteer in this role for more than a year.

If you’re interested in applying for this opportunity, please send a letter of interest and resume to Christopher Shields, Curator of Archives.

Research Reader

We are seeking a volunteer who can read and speak quickly to work in partnership with history author Missy Wolfe. The job involves reading aloud typed text from Greenwich Land Records One and Two and the Commonplace Book One at the Town Hall Vital Records Vault. You will read from typed text while Missy follows along on the original documents. This read-through is needed to make corrections in transcriptions of the town's first European years. Requirements include being able to type corrections in Microsoft Word and being available for four-hour shifts beginning at 8 a.m. at Greenwich Town Hall from March through May. A unique chance to live in Greenwich in the 1600s! If you are interested in this position, kindly contact Missy Wolfe or 203-400-2943.

Gardening Volunteers

We are seeking volunteers to join the Green Team, a volunteer group that assists with the planting and maintenance of Bush-Holley Historic Site’s gardens. The heirloom vegetable garden is planted each year based on a journal kept by the artist Elmer MacRae during the early 1900s when the house was the center of the Cos Cob Colony. Elmer married Constant Holley in 1900, and together they maintained (and documented) the garden for their family table as well as for guests of the Holley Boarding House. MacRae’s journal entries have left us a perfect vehicle for interpretation of our bucolic historic landscape. The Green Team provides a wonderful opportunity for beginners, master gardeners, scout troops and garden club members who seek a meaningful, hands-on project. Additional perks include sharing in the garden’s bounty, recognition in our annual report and an invitation to the annual volunteer reception. For more information, please contact Michele Couture, Director of Operations and Visitor Services, or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 20.

Title: Collection Preservation and Grant Researcher

Position Overview: To seek possible collection care grants, both governmental and private foundations, and help in the drafting of grant requests.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Interview Executive Director, Development Officer and Curator to learn what collection care grants GHS has been awarded and what grants are available for GHS based on annual budget.
  • Research online possibilities. Obtain copies of grant applications.
  • Outline dates due and maximum amounts of awards. Work with Executive Director, Development Officer and Curator to fill out and file application

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Title: Off-Site Exhibits Curator

Position Overview

Adapts the components of Historical Society research for off-site exhibits at libraries, town hall, and schools. Projects may include exhibitions such as Everyday Heroes and Voices from the Civil War; preservation projects, such as the Greenwich Landmarks Registry; or future Neighborhood history projects

 Key Responsibilities:

  • Plans and designs off-site exhibit, including reproducing images and writing brief label copy
  • Coordinates installation with off-site location and de-installs exhibit at conclusion of run Coordinates publicity with Historical Society marketing manager

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