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Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Join our group of volunteers by contributing your time and talents!

The Mattatuck is extremely thankful for the support of our many volunteers who provide vital services through their time and effort. Volunteers assist with hospitality and registration at museum programs, research, clerical work and mailings, and much more. Those who are interested in leading groups through the Museum can become docents.


Docents (volunteer tour guides) share their enthusiasm for the history and art of the greater Waterbury region by leading school-aged and adult groups through the Museum’s collections, and telling stories about historical figures and artists that make Museum visits exciting experiences. The program provides continuing education and service opportunities for retired educators and other professionals.

Time Commitment: Minimum of two 2-hour shifts per month.

Education Program Assistants

Work with our education staff and docents to supervise tour groups, assist with education programs, or assist with preparing materials for programs.

Office Assistants & Promotion Distribution

Work with Museum staff on clerical projects and data entry as well as preparing various mailings and printed communications produced by the Museum. Distribute Museum brochures and information to surrounding towns.

Exhibition & Curatorial Support

Assist the curatorial team with research for upcoming exhibitions; data entry and updating the cataloging database; genealogy, town and object research; and collection inventory including photography of collections.

Hospitality Team

Help with Museum programs and special events, including supervising galleries or serving food during receptions, greeting visitors as they come to the Museum, aiding visitors with parking, sharing information about membership and upcoming programs, taking photographs, and brightening up our gardens.

Museum Shop Assistants

Work with the Director of Visitor Services on shop inventory, display of shop merchandise, and assist with shopping events.

Fundraising Events Committee

Assist the Museum’s Development team with planning and implementing our two large yearly fundraisers: Summer Fling and The Brass Button Award. This committee helps determine décor, food, music, entertainment, etc. and aids in soliciting raffle and auction items and selling tickets for the event.


Throughout the year, the Museum offers unpaid internships to college/university students in development, education, marketing, curatorial, and other related subjects. Mattatuck Museum interns learn from museum professionals while working in all areas of the Museum.

* Any volunteers who interact with children at the Museum will be required to complete a background check.