Help us make a difference in the community we serve

Volunteers at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley play an important role in fulfilling our mission of preserving and enriching the cultural life and heritage of the Valley. Share your time and talent as an Administrative Volunteer, Education Department Volunteer, Garden and Grounds Volunteer, or Special Events Volunteer.

Volunteer needs vary throughout the year and as various opportunities arise, they are posted here in the “How Can I Help?” section.

How Can I Help?

Current Volunteer Opportunities at the MSV are listed below. If you are interested in helping with any of the activities, please send an email to the MSV staff contact listed at the end of the position descriptions.

Volunteers are Needed to help Maintain the Gardens at the MSV

Do you enjoy working outdoors? Help maintain the MSV gardens by volunteering. MSV garden volunteer positions require the ability to sit/kneel on the ground, pull bins of yard waste short distances, use garden pruners requiring hand strength and dexterity, and move about for three hours at a time, in various temperatures.

Garden Maintenance Volunteer
Time: Wednesdays & Fridays, 8–11 a.m.
Location: Glen Burnie Gardens
Duties include mulching, pulling weeds; planting bulbs, perennials, and annuals; and other similar gardening tasks. Gardening experience preferred but not required. Volunteers must wear close-toed shoes and bring a water bottle. Sunscreen is recommended. Volunteer groups will be managed by a member of the MSV Gardens and Grounds staff. Volunteer shifts will be canceled in the event of rain or extreme heat.

To volunteer with garden maintenance at the MSV, please contact Chantal Ludder, MSV horticulturist, at



Volunteer Training

MSV volunteers may be asked to participate in an orientation to campus safety and security, a building and campus overview (total approximately three hours), in addition to training for tasks as assignments are made. Volunteers participate based on the MSV’s schedule of programs, events, garden activities, and administrative needs.