Youth Volunteer Program Youth Volunteer Program

Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum youth volunteers enjoy working flexible hours in a lively, family-friendly environment. If you have an upbeat and positive attitude, a passion for working with young children, and the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse audience, we invite you to apply to become a Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum youth volunteer!

About the Youth Volunteer Program About the Youth Volunteer Program

The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum offers two 6-month youth volunteer programs each year for high school students seeking to become involved in their community.  Designed as a “first volunteer experience,” teens will gain valuable experience and skills that can be later transferred to the workplace, while helping to enrich the visitor experience at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum.  

Volunteer duties include: 

  • Serving as a museum docent to help visitors engage with exhibits
  • Restocking exhibits and maintaining gallery spaces
  • Leading hands-on activities
  • Assisting with parties and special events
  • Assisting with cleaning and maintaining the museum’s galleries, public spaces and grounds

Admission to the Youth Volunteer Program is competitive.  Applications are accepted in the spring and fall of each year, and top candidates will be required to participate in a formal interview process following submission of a written application.  Not all applicants will be granted interviews.  All youth volunteers must participate in mandatory orientation and training sessions, are expected to keep a journal of their volunteer experiences, and must complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer service to complete the program.

The Youth Volunteer Program is funded in part by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services through the Dutchess County Division of Youth Services.  It is offered free of charge to Dutchess County youth.

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

75 North Water Street

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


Fax: 845.471.0415