Volunteer

Internships

We have numerous year-round volunteer internship opportunities available in exhibits, archiving, collections, event planning, marketing and sales, and volunteer coordinating. We ensure that our interns get hands-on experience in a non-profit, museum setting. Contact Brenda at 701-282-2822 or brenda@bonanzaville.com for more information on being an intern at Bonanzaville!

Volunteers

By volunteering with Bonanzaville you will help preserve the history of the Cass County area. You will help teach a new generation the history of past generations, while creating new exciting memories to passed on for years for come. With over 50 buildings filled with artifacts, as a volunteer you will continue to learn more each time you volunteer!! Please click on the following link for the Volunteer Application (PDF).

Assist Staff

  • Office – Assist office staff in daily duties including special projects, data entry and large mailings.

  • Collections – Assist Curators in a variety of projects including exhibits, cataloging and taking care of artifacts. Curators can match your interests with a particular collection.

  • Facilities – Assist staff in basic care of facilities which can include restrooms, mowing and preparing for public and private events.

  • Building repair – Help staff with basic repairs and improvements to our historical buildings, this includes roofs, painting and repair projects.

Education

  • Docent – A docent is a teacher and an interpreter of history. This requires research on a given subject and preparing information for students and visitors. Many of the Docents dress in period clothing although that is not a requirement. Docents help during school tours, group tours and special events. It’s a great way to become an expert on a subject and share that interest with others. Staff can help with research, presentation and dress. Docent Application (PDF)

  • Tour Guide – Volunteers give 20 minute tours of the village for adult tour groups. This includes information on each building and background information on area history. Staff will help with tour content and presentation.

  • Educator – Bonanzaville has several 30 – 45 minute programs geared for school children. These programs are mostly taught to children visiting Bonanzaville in May but can be done off the grounds in other places. These programs are pre-written and researched and filled with hands-on activities and artifacts to handle.

  • Demonstrator – Have a special skill? Willing to learn? Demonstrations are a wonderful part of a visitor’s experience. We need people who are willing to share a craft with visitors and at special events.

Building Host 

  • Any person, family or business may adopt a building. Expectations include regular cleaning and greeting visitors for special events. Volunteer Application (PDF)

Gardening

  • Bonanzaville is always looking for people with green thumbs! There are plenty of ways to make Bonanzaville beautiful. Pick a small flower garden and help us by caring for the plants, weeding and watering. Staff can help you procure plants.

For more information on volunteering, contact Brenda Warren at (701) 282-2822.