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Youth Volunteer Applications

The Youth Volunteer application period is open! Please download the application and informational letter. Applications are due by January 6, 2015.

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. Join in the fun and become a Conner Prairie volunteer! Meet new friends, experience a unique look at history and become part of the exceptional Conner Prairie experience. Shifts are available weekdays, weekends, and evenings. Explore some of the different ways yuo can volunteer your time and abilities below. As an adult volunteer, you'll earn a FREE membership each year you donate 100 hours.

Other benefits include:

Adult Volunteers

Volunteer Newsletter

Winter 2014 issue
November 2014 issue
October 2014 issue

September 2014 Issue
August 2014 Issue

Become a Volunteer
(Ages 18 and older)

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 in the busy Conner Prairie store.
•    Group Greeters (April–October)
Welcome tour leaders and groups when they arrive at Conner Prairie, provide directional assistance, 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 also available to discuss and explain the historic gardens to guests.
•    Costumed Interpreter
Volunteer alongside staff in the historic areas. Flexible hours. Interview & extensive training is required. Availability is limited and training begins in March.
•    Grounds Greeter  
Welcome guests as they begin their visits to the historic grounds and travel to another time. Answer questions, give directions and point out areas of interest.
•    Textiles/Sewing Guild
Help create  and mend reproduction clothing & home furnishings worn and used on the historic grounds. Sewing, weaving or knitting skills are necessary.
•   And much more!

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.)

Youth Volunteers

(Ages 10–18 or current high school student)

The Youth Volunteer application period is open! Please download the application and informational letter. Applications are due by January 6, 2015.

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:

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.