Youth Volunteers

Connect with new friends and build a foundation for your future

Learning is the primary focus of Conner Prairie’s youth volunteer program. We aim to give talented young people the opportunity to grow through Conner Prairie's enriching environment. If you're 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 volunteer opportunities are open for students between the ages of 10-18 (including all current high school students) and include:

  • Playing historical games and leading hands-on activities in modern-day uniform or costume
  • Portraying a costumed character from the past
  • Working behind the scenes
  • Assisting in special events
  • Helping care for our heritage animal breeds

The 2023 Youth Volunteer Application Season is now open! Applications are due January 6, 2023.

Please download our 2023 Youth Volunteer Application or apply online.

Youth Volunteers Out On Conner Prairie Grounds

For more information about our youth volunteer program, email or

Prospective Youth Volunteer Information Meeting

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2022, 7-9pm
Conner Prairie, Woodlands

This is an overview of the Youth Volunteer Program. Attendance is encouraged but not required. The information meeting is designed for both applicants and their guardians. We will have an hour-long formal meeting, and another hour to mingle with staff and some of our current youth volunteers. The meeting will take place upstairs in our Welcome Center in the Woodlands Room. No need to RSVP, but should inclement weather occur, please call the reception desk, (317)776-6000, to be sure the meeting is still proceeding. This is planned as an in-person meeting, but if necessary due to the pandemic, we will offer this as a virtual meeting.

Fun Facts:

  • 115 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: 1066
  • About ⅓ 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

Youth Volunteer Application

Youth Volunteer Application
  • Applicant Information

  • Availability

    • Feb 11 OR 12, 2023 (Saturday OR Sunday), 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. — New Youth Day 1: New youth are REQUIRED to attend ONE of these days. No guardians needed.
    • March 4 OR 5, 2023 (Saturday OR Sunday), 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. — New Youth Day 2.:New youth are REQUIRED to attend ONE of these days. No guardians needed.

  • Experience

    1. Please list your experiences working with the public or as a volunteer.
  • (ex: 2 hours a week for 2 years, 7-day mission trip, etc.)

  • Essay Questions

    Please answer the question in essay form on a separate sheet of paper. We are looking for organized, thoughtful, and original answers. We love details!

  • FAQs

    • When is my application due?
      Friday, January 6, 2023
      We will accept letters postmarked January 6. We cannot accept late applications.
    • Can I type my application?
      Yes. Handwriting or typing is fine. We appreciate applications we can easily read!
      Download PDF Application
    • May I have help with my application?
      It is important that your application is neat, so you may have help with spelling, typing, and handwriting. However, we are not hiring your guardians, we're hiring you! So make sure your application reflects your own unique self, not anyone else.
    • Does my application have to be on this form?
      No. If you prefer to copy the whole thing into a word processing document on your computer that's fine.
    • How do I return my application to you?
      On our website: under the “Support” and “Get Involved” tabs. By snail mail: Conner Prairie / attn. Youth Experience Manager / 13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers, IN 46038
      By E-mail: or
      By fax: 317-776-6014
      If you fax or email your application, please make sure we respond with a confirmation. This may take several days, but we will respond if we get it. We don't want to miss anyone due to an electronic error!
      NOTE: If you use Googledocs, please do not submit your application by sharing the document directly through Googledocs. Instead, download your finished application as a pdf or Word doc file and e-mail as an attachment.
    • What do I do now?
      You are invited to an optional Information Meeting Tuesday, December 6, 7-9pm in the Woodlands Room in the Welcome Center. We will notify you on or before January 13 to let you know if you will be moving on to the Interview Round of the selection process.

Questions? Contact Sarah Morin

Youth Experience Manager
317-776-6000, ext 259