Be a BVH Volunteer

Young or old, with kids or without, lots of time or a little time, anywhere you are in your life -- we know that you can help us preserve and share the history of this area. You have gifts and desire, and we have needs, lots of needs.

We need people who love to be with people. We need people who'd prefer not to be in front of people. We need people who love history. We need people who love that we're all about families. We need people who want to help us with front-line operations -- like being a docent or participating in our re-enactment events. We need people who want to help us with higher level operations, like strategic planning or operational organization.

Contact us to let us know you're interested in being a volunteer.

If you have an idea of how you'd like to help and don't see it listed below, contact us anyway. We have five properties, a huge collection, multiple events and big plans -- there's no end to the fun and important ways you could be a part of what BV Heritage does.

Volunteer Opportunities
  • Publicity -- create and/or distribute
  • Greeter at events and at the museum
  • Cleaning properties
  • Filing
  • Prepare mailings
  • Phone tree
  • Cook / Bake
  • Sell concessions
  • Paint
  • Wallpaper
  • Make paper maché apple and mushroom for parades
  • Sew – costumes for Madams and cemetery tour reenactments, volunteers, children’s dress up
  • Docents / Tour Guides
  • Restoration work
  • Staff BVH booth at all events
  • Participate in historic re-enactment club-we'll show you how to play dead!
  • Transcribe oral histories from audiotape
  • Yard work at Turner Farm or Museum
  • Pick up donations for St. Elmo Restoration Auction
  • Event photographer
  • Digitizing historic photos
Ongoing Volunteer Oportunities
(Summer and Fall)

Front Desk Docent
Locations: Courthouse Museum, Depot and Caboose Transportation Museum
Duties: Greeting visitors, answering basic questions, taking admission, gift shop sales, light cleaning/dusting if necessary.
Qualifications: Enjoyment of people, willingness to continue learning local history, ability to handle cash and occasional credit cards with Square reader.

Train Operator
Location: Courthouse Museum Model Train
Duties: Maintain track in good condition, operate regular shifts, tell the stories of the Arkansas Valley based on rail history, know operation and light maintenance of track.
Qualifications: Complete training with head of Model Railroad, Must be at least 12 to start learning system, must be 16 to run on own.

Collections Database Assistant/Collections Assistant
Location: Courthouse Museum
Duties: Regular shifts entering information into database. Optional entering of objects into database and handling of objects with additional training (provided) for numbering the objects and storage.
Qualifications: Database experience and some knowledge of antiques useful but not required.

Children's Program Assistant
Location: Courthouse Museum, Depot and Caboose Transportation Museum, Historic Turner Farm
Duties: On call position for leading tour groups, facilitating educational activities, and program development.
Qualifications: Pass background check, experience in education useful but not required.

Event and Project Based Opportunities
(As Needed)

Gold Rush Days
When: August 10&11, daytime
Location: Buena Vista Soccer Fields
Duties: Dress in period clothes and distribute museum brochures at the Gold Rush Day's festivities.

When: August 24&25, daytime
Location: Turner Farm
Duties: Help with set up and tear down, help with on-site gift shop, additional positions availible. Must be at least 18.

When: September 14, daytime
Location: Turner Farm
Duties: Multiple positions including old time kids crafts, making apple butter/cider, help with on-site gift shop, manning apple pie booth, and more!

Nightmare at Turner Farm
When: October 29, 30, &31 5-10pm
Location: Turner Farm
Duties: Actors, Guides, Carnival game attendants, Costumes & Makeup, Food help. Must be at least 16.

Buena Vista's 140th in partnership with Mt. Princeton

When: Saturdays in September and October, daytime
Location: Mount Princeton Hotsprings Resort
Duties: Dress in period clothes and talk about local history. Some reenactments, history specific skits, and the like.

Masquerade Ball
When: November 15, 5-10 pm
Location: Courthouse Museum
Duties: Help with the Bar (21+), Take tickets, help with set up/teardown.

Chili Cook Off & Christmas Open/Chocolate Walk

When: December 7 (daytime)
Location: Courthouse Museum
Duties: Help with chocolate walk, serve Chilli, help with set up/ tear down

Turner Farm Projects
When: Ongoing/Until project is completed
Location: Turner Farm
Duties: Historic Method wallpapering, painting,
Qualifications: Knowledge in historic wall-papering with linen desired but not required.

Audio Guide Voice Actors/Audio Guide Transcribers & Developers
When: Ongoing
Location: Courthouse Museum (for recording and compiling. Guide material from courthouse, turner farm, depot and caboose, and general area)
Duties: Voice Actors - to characterize the voices of Buena Vistas past. Read historical and informational texts clearly for audio guide. Knowledge of other languages welcome!
Transcribers - Transcribe histories read from document, copy word documents into izi.Travel application. Must be comfortable using a computer. Knowledge of other languages welcome!
Developer - Adding audio files to izi.Travel application, generating QR codes for smartphone accessibility. Must be comfortable using a computer. Training available.
Buena Vista Heritage
P.O.Box 1414
Buena Vista, CO 81211