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How You Can Help


Volunteers at the Alaska State Museum (ASM) give tours, greet visitors, assist with youth activities, and help with behind-the-scenes tasks, including mounting exhibits and working with collections.

Current Volunteer Positions

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at ASM! Please read the information below about volunteer opportunities. Then, please complete our volunteer application. A staff member will be in touch with you once they have reviewed your application.

Volunteer Docents

Docents provide tours to museum visitors and are trained through a series of lectures given by experts on Alaska subjects, including Alaska Native cultures, mining, natural history, early exploration and the arts. If you enjoy public speaking, connecting with people, and are passionate about Alaska, this could be a great opportunity for you.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

The Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives & Museum also has volunteer opportunities, including hosting First Fridays, assisting with youth activities, serving on committees, assisting with special events, and more. Please visit their website to learn more.

If you are interested in a different volunteer activity at ASM than those listed above, please fill out the volunteer application and indicate what volunteer activity you would like to perform.

Funds & Programs

To Support Acquisition of Artifacts & Collection Items

The Alaska Heritage Endowment Fund was established by statute (AS 37.14.500) to secure the state's cultural and natural history. Interest revenues from this fund are managed in much the same way as the state's more famous endowment, the Permanent Fund, with dividends distributed to the Alaska State Museum and the Sheldon Jackson Museum to support the purchase of objects for the collections.

Contributions can be made payable to the Alaska State Museum. Please mark the lower left corner of check "Heritage Endowment Fund Principal Account."

For Native Students Studying Museum Studies

The Ethel Montgomery Fund was established to provide scholarships to Alaska Native students in museum studies programs at the undergraduate or graduate level. Ethel Montgomery was a supporter and docent of the Alaska State Museum for more than thirty years, a collector of Alaska Native arts, and a volunteer and advisor for the Alaska Natives Arts and Crafts Cooperative.

Contributions can be made to the Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum. Please mark the lower left hand corner of check "Ethel Montgomery Fund".

To Support Special Events and Programs

Contribute directly to the Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives, & Museum to support programs chosen by the Friends. Throughout the year, free programs are offered including symposia, lectures, workshops, receptions and artist demonstrations related to the Museum's mission and temporary and permanent exhibits.

Contributions can be made to the Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum. Please mark the lower left hand corner of check "for special events".

Support the Docent Program

The Charles Bearden Senior Memorial Fund was established to create a way for individuals and groups to contribute to the interpretive training program at the Alaska State Museum. Charles Bearden was a dedicated docent at the Museum for many years, and specialized in natural history interpretation. The fund is used annually to help bring excellent speakers to the State Museum for docent and volunteer training during a series of free, public-interest lectures, usually held in March and April.

Contributions can be made payable directly to the Charles Bearden Senior Memorial Fund.

For additional information on how to contribute to any of these funds, contact:
Addison Field, Chief Curator
Alaska State Museum
395 Whittier St., Juneau, AK 99801

Page last updated 11/04/2019