California State Railroad Museum Volunteer Opportunities
A key aspect of the Museum's mission is to preserve and interpret the history of railroading in California and the West. Museum staff and docents give tours, conduct hands-on interpretive activities, and preserve and restore artifacts in the Museum's collection in Sacramento and at Railtown 1897 in Jamestown, California. The Museum provides volunteer opportunities of many kinds and is always looking for people with an interest in public service who want to contribute time to one of the Museum's programs. Volunteers work behind the scenes in the Museum and at Railtown 1897 in the offices, the Museum Library, the Museum and Depot Store, and the Restoration Shops. They also work as docents, excursion train crew, maintenance of way crew, Amtrak interpreters, oral history interviewers, living history players, and hand-car interpreters.
Volunteers and docents are trained in the history of the Museum and Railtown 1897, the history of railroads in California, and Museum programs. Docents may also elect to receive specialized training for certain programs, such as the Sacramento Southern Railroad.
Volunteer training at the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento takes place in Spring, Summer and Fall. For further details about volunteering at the California State Railroad Museum and Old Sacramento State Historic Park, or to sign up for an interview, please contact Volunteer Training Coordinator Theresa Gonsolis at (916) 324-7593 or e-mail the
Climb aboard and help keep the fascinating heritage of railroads alive at one of the most exciting Museums in the United States. It's a very rewarding experience!