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
Collaborative Art Volunteers
ASM is installing a giant, color-changing Pacific octopus in its Discovery Room and needs help to finish fabricating its surface. If you are an experienced sewer or crafter eager to collaborate on this permanent octopus installation, please be in touch!
Volunteers will work within the Discovery Room, fabricating the octopus's "skin" from fabric and "suckers" from repurposed plastic. As the volunteers create the skin, they will also show drop-in museum visitors how to do so. The result will be a fantastical octopus made of repurposed materials, by the hands of community members and museum visitors. Volunteers shifts are available between 1-4 PM, Tuesday through Saturday, from mid-February through the end of March. You can learn more about the octopus project in this article in the Juneau Empire.
If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please e-mail your completed volunteer application to Anjuli Grantham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Read a news story about the docent program.
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.
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.
2018 Application [Word doc] is now available.
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