Youth Volunteers I Adult Volunteers

National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, 2014, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, demonstrating the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions. Thank you to each and every Conner Prairie volunteer, who has chosen to engage in our community!

Youth Volunteer Applications

The Youth Volunteer application period is now closed for the 2014 season. Interested youths may apply in late 2014 for the 2015 season.

Volunteers are a vital part of Conner Prairie’s success as a groundbreaking institution. By donating your time and talent, you help Conner Prairie build toward an exciting future. We offer volunteer opportunities that are mutually beneficial to you and the museum.

  • Earn complimentary admission passes for select events and programs
  • Discounts at the Conner Prairie Store and the CafĂ© on the Common
  • Flexible time commitments
  • Annual volunteer only events
  • Monthly newsletter

Join in the fun and become a Conner Prairie volunteer! Help with special events and festivals, in the Conner Prairie Store, be a group or school tour greeter, a gardener in our historic areas and much more. Shifts are available weekdays, weekends and evenings. For more information, contact Jody Thomas, 776-6000 or

Adult Volunteers

(Ages 18 and older)

Meet new friends, experience a unique look at history and become part of the exceptional Conner Prairie experience. Explore different ways you can volunteer your time and abilities below. As an adult volunteer, you'll earn a FREE membership each year you donate 100 hours and complimentary admission to select events and programs.

If you are interested in applying to become an Adult Volunteer:
Complete an online application  or download an application form.

Please note: this application is for adult volunteers only. If you are interested in becoming a youth volunteer, please refer to the Youth Volunteer section further down on this page.

Contact Jody Thomas at 317.776.6000 ext. 264 for more information.

(For those under the age of 17, refer to the bottom of the page for youth volunteer opportunities.)
Here is a list of possible opportunities:

•    Special Events & Programs
Lend a hand with a variety of tasks at special events and programs like Headless Horseman, Civil War Days, Follow the North Star, Symphony on the Prairie and more.
•    Conner Prairie Store
Assist guests making purchase selections, operate the cash register, organize displays and stock merchandise.
•    Group Greeters (April–October)
Welcome tour leaders  and  groups when they arrive at Conner Prairie, provide directional information, answer basic questions and escort them to begin their tours.
•    School Tours (April–June, September–November)
Greet and check-in school tours; provide maps and other information to teachers and group leaders.
•    Historic Trades
Assist woodworkers with behind-the-scenes restorations and reproductions. Previous woodworking experience necessary.
•    Gardener (March–November)
Assist staff with planting, harvesting and maintaining gardens in the historic areas. Opportunities are available to discuss and explain the historic gardens to guests too.
•    Costumed Interpreter
Volunteer alongside staff in the historic areas. Receive the same intensive training as paid staff. Flexible hours. Interview & training required. Limited availability.
•    Grounds Greeter                                                                                                                                      
Share your love of history by volunteering in one of the historic areas on the grounds. Offer an enthusiastic greeting, answer questions and give directions as guests travel to another time.
•    Clerical Support & Mailings
Assist with a variety of tasks in all departments that may include monthly mailings, data entry, filing and general office support as needed.
•    Textiles/ Sewing Guild
Help create reproduction clothing & home furnishings. Sewing, weaving or knitting skills necessary.

Youth Volunteers

(Ages 10–17 or current high school student)

The application period for the 2014 season is now closed.

Learning is the primary focus of Conner Prairie’s youth  volunteer program. We aim to give talented young people the opportunity to become even better through Conner Prairie's enriching environment. If you are passionate about Conner Prairie, love speaking to people and enjoy the rewards of old-fashioned sweat and effort, this program may be for you! Youth volunteers work
in the following ways:

  • Playing historical games and leading hands-on activities in modern-day uniform or costume
  • Portraying a fictional character from the year 1816, 1836, or 1863.
  • Working behind the scenes
  • Assisting in special events
  • Helping care for our heritage animal breeds

Fun Youth Volunteer Facts:
Hours donated by youth in 2012: 19,942

100 youth in program

Average age of youth: 13.9

Youngest Youth: 10

Oldest Youth: 18

Minimum Hours donated per year: 120

Most Hours ever donated by a youth in a single year: 1003

About 1/3 of the youth are homeschooled

Over ¼ of the youth participate on our Youth Spinning Team

Shortest commute to Conner Prairie: ¼ mile (across the street)

Longest commute to Conner Prairie: 7,106 miles (Bahrain)

Favorite program as voted on by the youth: Headless Horseman

If you have questions about the program, please contact Sarah Morin, Youth Experience Manager, at or call 317.776.6000 ext. 259.