Volunteer Program

Fulfilling Jamestown Rediscovery’s Mission

The Jamestown Rediscovery Volunteer Program was created in 1995 to help provide on-site interpretation to the visitors at the archaeological site. For more than twenty years, our volunteers have played an invaluable role as members of the Jamestown Rediscovery team, enriching the experiences of visitors and staff, and helping to fulfill our missions of research and education!

Today, a variety of Volunteer positions with Jamestown Rediscovery include:

group of volunteers at archaeological site
Jamestown Rediscovery volunteers with Archaeological Field Technician Caitlin Delmas at the seawall site.
  • Visitor Center Greeters: Experience the excitement as guests arrive to Historic Jamestowne for their first visit, or, welcome familiar faces as they return to see our newest discoveries. Our volunteers share their knowledge of Jamestown and the surrounding area to provide an unforgettable guest experience.
  • Fort Site Interpreters: Preservation Virginia launched the Jamestown Rediscovery Project to locate the once-thought-lost James Fort. For more than 20 years, archaeologists have continued to uncover the history of Jamestown, with several of their discoveries being named among Archaeology Magazine’s top 10 finds in the world. Today, volunteers share in the moment of discovery with guests as archaeologists excavate the 1607 fort site.
  • Development Team Volunteers: Dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers assist the Development team with general office responsibilities on a regular basis. These include data entry, preparing large-quantity mailings, office filing, making “thank you” phone calls on behalf of Historic Jamestowne, and assisting with Jamestown special events. Some tasks are ongoing, which can be done independently, while others may require several volunteers for a specific event or project.
  • Docents in our archaeological museum, the Archaearium: Objects belonging to Jamestown colonists 400 years ago, unearthed from the James Fort site, are presented to the public in the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium. This facility showcases the findings of world-renowned archaeological discoveries at the birthplace of America. Volunteers share the unique stories and history behind these artifacts with guests visiting this one-of-a-kind museum.
  • Lab Volunteers: Patient, detail-oriented volunteers are welcome in our archaeological lab where they assist curators with artifact processing. Tasks could include activities such as washing and sorting artifacts fresh from the field, reorganizing old collections, labeling and mending ceramics, administrative tasks like scanning paperwork, or helping with lab-related public programming.
  • Volunteers with other availability, skills, training, and interests also pitch in with special events and projects at Jamestown, some on an on-call basis. The regional community is filled with talented individuals who enrich our team!

We hope to use this page to highlight some of the dedicated Jamestown Rediscovery volunteers and the work they do. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact hjvolunteers and download the application form here: JRVApplicationForm (PDF)