Volunteer with the TBHC

The History Center is looking for energetic and committed volunteers to help create a great experience for visitors or provide much needed behind-the-scenes support. Volunteers learn new skills, work with motivated people who share common interests, and help visitors of all ages connect with the past. If you have an interest in history and want to share your enthusiasm and talents, we encourage you to apply to become a volunteer.

Do you have a passion for history? Do you want to learn more about the Tampa Bay region, and share your knowledge and enthusiasm with others? If so, apply to become a docent at the History Center. Docents help fulfill the museum’s educational mission by leading tours for groups of children and adults. No previous history knowledge or education is required. The only prerequisites are a willingness to learn, ability to interact comfortably with groups of visitors, and availability one day per week. The History Center provides extensive training and on-going learning opportunities. New docent training takes place annually in September; a limited number of openings are available. Docents must be able to commit to at least nine months of service, from Sept. to June, for a minimum of 8 hours per month.

Education volunteers assist museum staff with facilitating hands-on programs for a variety of audiences, such as preschoolers, K-12 students, adults and families. Programs include Scout workshops and tours, preschool class programs, children’s camps, and public events. Volunteers must be comfortable engaging people of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors. Experience and interest in facilitating arts and crafts and other hands-on activities is a plus. Schedule is flexible; volunteers work on an as-needed basis.

Teenage volunteers (ages 15-18) work alongside museum staff, assisting with summer camps and/or special events; serving as floor hosts in the galleries; helping with activities during public programs; or researching for various ongoing projects.

Summer Camp Counselor
TBHC is looking for friendly and responsible high school teenagers ages 15-18 to help with this year’s History Adventure Camps. Counselors will obtain volunteer hours while working with small groups of kids in a fun and informal learning environment. Volunteers will gain experience working under instructor leadership and with museum staff. Teens must commit to a full week of volunteering. Orientation for Summer 2022 is mandatory and will be held on May 16 at 5 p.m 2021.

Teen Council
Application Deadline for 2022-23 School Year: July 22, 2022
TBHC Teen Council members create and plan events and programs with other local teens and museum staff. Along with hosting teen events, members assist museum staff with public and special TBHC events. Teen Council also teams up with other teen organizations from local institutions. Teen Council meets twice a month on Monday evenings for an hour and a half. Orientation for the 2022-2023 School Year will be held late Summer 2022.

Education Volunteer
History-loving teens can volunteer to help with special projects in the Education Department. These projects can range from helping research for upcoming ventures or working with staff to create new programming for TBHC. Teen volunteers must be available at least two weekday afternoons a month.

1. Click on the “How to Apply” tab above to submit your volunteer application. Applications and subsequent correspondence must be completed by the teen applying rather than a parent or guardian.

2. To be a member of TBHC’s Teen Council you must complete the Teen Council Application below.

3. Teens must also submit a recommendation letter from a non-relative adult. Teachers, mentors, employers, etc. are all accepted. Recommendation letters should be sent to Amanda Hoffman, Programs Manager, at [email protected]

For questions please contact Amanda Hoffman, Programs Manager, at [email protected]




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Volunteers in the TBHC collections department have the opportunity to assist with the inventory, processing and cataloging of documents, photographs and objects in a hands-on work environment. Common tasks include cataloging artifacts, data entry, basic photography, organizing records, research and writing, and other specialized duties.

Collections volunteers should have a keen interest in history, museum studies, public history, anthropology, archaeology, library sciences, American studies, or a related field. Training is provided. Previous museum, archival, or library experience is helpful, but not required.

Collections volunteer opportunities are dependent on project and space availability. Volunteers must be available at least one day per week, Monday-Thursday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. There are a limited number of college internships available which are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

If you have questions about an internship or volunteering, please contact Heather Culligan, Registrar, at [email protected]. All potential collections volunteers must fill out a volunteer application to be considered.


    To join our volunteer team, we ask that you meet the following requirements:

    • Be at least 15 years of age. (Teens must submit a letter of recommendation)
    • Submit a volunteer application.
    • Complete an interview and orientation.
    • Pay a one-time enrollment fee of $40, which covers a mandatory criminal background screening. (Camp counselors must instead complete a DCF mandated, fingerprint-required background check for approximately $45.)

    After joining the team, volunteers must participate in required training sessions, which vary by department. Once training is completed, volunteers must serve at least 6 hours per month to maintain active status.


    In addition to the personal and social rewards of volunteering, History Center volunteers enjoy numerous benefits including free parking while volunteering, on-going learning opportunities, appreciation events and program discounts.


    Fill out the volunteer application at the link below. After you submit your application, a TBHC staff member will contact you to arrange for an interview.

    For general volunteer information and for adult volunteers, contact Nancy Dalence, Curator of Education, at [email protected] or 813-675-8983.

    For all teen volunteer and Teen Council information, contact Amanda Hoffman, Youth and Family Programs Coordinator, at [email protected], or 813-675-8987.

    Volunteer Application | Teen Council Application