Become a Volunteer/Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Our volunteers reflect the love of country and service to others that President and Mrs. Bush encourage in everyone. We depend on the volunteers’ valuable time and talents to welcome visitors, school groups and researchers to our institution, as well as work behind the scenes on various projects.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum tells the story of the life and times of its namesake. The museum focuses on American history with an emphasis on post-World War II history and the office of the presidency. It takes many people to accomplish this mission. The professional staff of the museum form a partnership with a dedicated team of volunteers to carry out its mission. Volunteering at our library and museum gives you a unique opportunity to learn about President Bush.

You will also meet and befriend others with similar interests, like those profiled in our Volunteer Spotlight. Volunteers play an essential and dynamic role in sharing the legacy of President Bush to visitors from around the world.

Under the supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator, the volunteers are expected to provide professional and polished customer service to guests, lead tours and/or staff museum stations and attend training meetings offered throughout the year.

Below is a list of our volunteer opportunities. If you have 4 hours available each week and are interested in volunteering, please fill out and submit our application. 

  • Archives – assist the archivists with various projects.  These positions are limited, require additional training and at least a 6 month commitment. Shifts are variable.
  • Audio Visual – assist the AV department with various projects. These positions are limited and require additional training. Shifts are variable.
  • Education – docents are trained to give guided tours and lead classroom activities to visiting school groups. Shifts are variable depending on scheduled groups.
  • Museum Collections – assist the Collections staff on various projects. These positions are limited and require additional training. Shifts are variable.
  • Public Relations – assist the Marketing and Communications Director with various projects. Availability of these positions is limited. Shifts are variable.
  • Special Events – assist the Public Program Director with various events and projects throughout the year. Availability of these positions is limited.  Shifts are variable.
  • Storytellers Guild – serve as hosts and ushers for large education programs. Shifts are variable depending on programming schedules.
  • Visitor Service – greet visitors at the entrance, introduce the orientation film, staff the Oval Office exhibit and Visitor Services desk. Shifts are once a week for 4 hours and one weekend shift (2.5 hours) every quarter.

Requirements

Volunteers must submit to a background check through the federal government and must be over the age of 18. Some duties require standing for long periods of time. A desire to learn and share the legacy of President Bush is preferred.  Public speaking and previous working experience in a museum setting is not required.  Verbal communication and customer service is helpful.

If you are between the ages of 13 and 17 and would like to volunteer please click here.

Benefits

Volunteers are recognized based on their number of volunteer hours. Gifts and acknowledgments are awarded for continued service. Volunteers are also invited to various events throughout the year. Volunteers are also given discounts at the Museum Store. This is not a paid position.

To join our team of volunteers, please fill out this form, and follow the instructions at the bottom to return it to our Volunteer Coordinator, Monica Lerma.

For additional information, please call 979-691-4012 or email monica.lerma@nara.gov

 

Junior Docent

Junior Docents serve as youth volunteers at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

 

Who is eligible to be a student volunteer?

Junior Docents must between the ages of 13 and 17.

What are the qualities of a Bush Library Junior Docents?

  • Dedication to the Library & Museum’s mission.
  • Open mindedness and patience to work with a diverse staff, fellow students, and public.
  • Integrity to represent the institution and oneself with the highest standards.
  • Commitment to your designated work area and scheduled shift.

What events do Junior Docents help with?

Primarily, Junior Docents help with the Summer Camp program. They serve as “camp counselors” by helping with crafts, tours and all other camp activities. Junior Docents also assist with a variety of events throughout the year – Annual Easter Celebration, Summer Movies by the Pond, Night at the Museum Halloween event and Holidays in the Rotunda.  Shifts depend on event schedules.

Application Process

  • Download and complete application
  • Submit 1 recommendation letter from a teacher or other adult who knows you well.
  • Complete short essay
    • Explain why you would like to be a Junior Docent at the Bush Library and Museum
    • Describe what you think best qualifies you to be a Junior Docent with the Bush Library and Museum

 

Mail or Email completed application, recommendation letter and essay to monica.lerma@nara.gov or

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Attn: Volunteer Coordinator

1000 George Bush Dr. West

College Station, TX 77845