Volunteers are the driving force behind everything at the museum. Volunteers serve as Museum Hosts, exhibit designers, research assistants, collections team workers, education assistants, and helpers with special events. Join our volunteer community to meet new people, develop skills, and preserve the heritage of Hood River County. Training is provided for all positions.

Cemetery Tales Volunteers Needed


Cemetery Tales is our largest and most well known event of the year. We bring Hood River History back to life! In order to make this event great we need people with skills just like yours! There are many positions available.

Tour Guide

-You will guide guests from spot to spot within the cemetery to see the different performances. You will ensure they move along without tripping as best you can. You will keep them on a schedule and uphold certain rules (i.e. no talking to the actors, no cell phones, etc). The best part about this job is that you get to the see the performances for free and help out the History Museum! It’s a win, win!

Set Up/Break Down

-Setting up for the performances takes some man power. The path must be lined with lights, props put in place, and much more. At the end of the performances it must be taken all down. We need help with these tasks. The right amount of people will make it fast and fun work.

Reception Desk

-We need a few people to manage the reception desk at the event. You will hand out will call tickets and check people in as they arrive. You will keep the event coordinator updated on how many people have arrived for the upcoming tours. You will also sell tickets to anyone walking in to a tour. We need someone friendly and organized for this position.


The History Museum of Hood River County and the Cemetery Tales performance need you! Contact Volunteer Coordinator Andrea Smith for more information thmvolunteer@hrecn.net or call (541) 386-6772


Sample Volunteer Opportunities

Museum Hosts: Museum Hosts are the face of the museum to most visitors, and promote awareness of local history to visitors of the museum. This is a great opportunity to volunteer with a friend or family member while connecting to local history.

Exhibits: Almost all of the museum exhibits are designed and created by volunteers. This is a great opportunity to harness your creativity to help engage the community with history! With the updated building and exhibits,an expanded exhibits team is a vital need for the museum.

Research: Researchers assist visitors to the research library, and help with special research projects, such as Cemetery Tales and the Downtown Walking Tours

Events: Work with the museum team to coordinate special events, such as exhibit openings, Cemetery Tales, and family friendly programs.

Education: Help share the history of Hood River County through educational programs and events. Assist museum staff with programs at the museum or through community outreach. This includes programs like Kids Camp and family events, as well as school programs.