Take your place in history!
Volunteer at Jamestown Settlement or the Yorktown Victory Center.
Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia history and culture, and the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, are administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an educational agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Volunteers support the museums in many ways throughout the year.
Volunteers help to greet and orient museum visitors, interpret in the galleries and lead orientation tours, assist interpreters in the living history areas, help gift shop customers, provide support for special events, conduct visitor research, maintain and sail the Jamestown Settlement ships, accomplish curatorial and clerical projects, and work behind the scenes to support the museums in many other ways. Volunteer opportunities abound.
Museum Docents Needed
Volunteers are currently needed seven days a week for the following shifts - 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. or 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. A variety of docent opportunities are available:
- Museum docents assist visitors as they tour the galleries, answer questions, and engage visitors in interactive experiences using the museum gallery exhibits.
- Museum docents may also lead gallery tours or share exciting historical and museum information with visitors while manning an indoor hands-on learning station.
- Outdoor tour docents lead orientation tours of the outdoor living history areas at Jamestown Settlement.
The Foundation offers a comprehensive staff training program that includes lectures, tours, demonstrations, and skills training that amply equip volunteer docents for any role they choose.In return for donating their time, the Foundation's core volunteers receive complementary admission to Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center for themselves and their family; 20% discount at the Foundation's museum gift shops; 50% discount at the Jamestown Settlement Cafe, and other benefits. For information about the docent program or other volunteer opportunities, call 757-253-4034.
If you are interested in volunteering with the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, please fill out and submit our Volunteer Form.
The Commonwealth of Virginia Internship Programs offers students the opportunity to combine academic studies with on-the-job training and experience while completing their education. Students interested in internship opportunities should contact state agencies directly for more information. The Department of Human Resource Management Career Center is also available for job search assistance and for assistance in planning a career in state government. Learn more about Internship Opportunities with the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation intern program is managed through the Office of Volunteer Services. We currently offer academic and experiental internships to qualified undergraduate and graduate students interested in gaining practical museum experience and who have a strong interest in history, education, or a museum career. No stipends are provided.
Working under the guidance of Museum staff, interns participate in the daily operations of the department to which they are assigned. Students become familiar with the challenges and rewards of working with exhibits, research, visitors, planning and assisting in the implementation of new programs or special projects. Internships are usually available in, but are not necessarily limited to, the following areas: Curatorial, Development, Marketing & Retail Operations, Museum Education Services, On-Site Education, Customer Research, Finance, Human Resources, Library Services, and Information Technology.
To be considered for an internship, candidates must complete and submit a Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation volunteer application and complete the placement process including a screening interview, a secondary interview with the department in which they wish to be placed, establish a regular schedule, and attend required training (e.g., new hire orientation; safety and security orientation).
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation will make efforts to comply with individual school requirements for those participants seeking academic credit for their internships. Generally speaking, an intern should be available to work a minimum of 8 hours and no more than 20 hours per week.
Most internships are offered from September through December; February through early May; late May through August, although starting and ending dates can be more flexible.
Deadlines for applying are as follows:
Fall Semester/ September 15
Spring Semester/ January 15
Summer/ April 15
To receive an application, please contact:
All applications must be received by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
All applications must be received by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Benefits
Full state benefit package and Foundation’s Training Academy opportunities are available for all full-time classified employees
How to apply
Log onto the Commonwealth of Virginia Online Employment System and submit your application. All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.
If you have further questions, you may call Patrick O. Teague at 757-253-5549 or email him at email@example.com.
Commonwealth of Virginia
Fully paid by state. Contribution is 5% of annual salary not including overtime pay, or payments for extra duties. You become vested after five years of credited service. As a vested member, you are eligible to receive a retirement benefit from VRS at age 55 with at least five years of service.
Fully paid by state. Coverage is double employee’s annual salary rounded to highest thousand.
Long Term Care
Fully paid by state. This employer-paid benefit provides a $75 basic daily benefit with a two-year lifetime maximum.
Annual leave is accrued at the end of each pay period. Accrual rates increase as years in state service increase. Employees accrue 4 hours per pay period (8 hrs. per month) from beginning of employment until the end of their fourth year. Employees are paid for annual leave balances upon termination. Certain amounts of annual leave can be carried over from year to year.
Sick & Disability Program
Sick leave and family/personal leave is received on the first day of employment. Amount of leave received is based on hire date within calendar year. Employees receive no payment for sick leave or family/personal leave upon termination. Sick leave and family/personal leave cannot be carried over from year to year. Short and long term disability benefits are included in the Commonwealth’s sick leave program.
Twelve days are recognized throughout a calendar year as state holidays. Full-time classified employees receive these days off with pay or are given compensatory time one-for-one for hours worked on a state holiday.
Numerous insurance programs are available through Employee Resources. All programs are approved for payroll deduction.
Program allows employees to defer a portion of their income through payroll deduction before state and federal taxes are deducted. After 12 months of continuous employment the state will match 50% up to $20 per pay period of an employees DCP deferral.
Flexible Reimbursement Accounts
Medical and Dependent Care Accounts allows employees to pay certain dependent care and medical care expenses with before-tax dollars.
Health insurance premiums are paid on a pre-tax basis.
Program affords employees the opportunity to take courses in the following Personal development areas: Service Excellent, Job Readiness/Enhancement Programs, Professional Development, and Supervisory and Management Skills. In addition, a Staff Resource Library located in the Training area offers audio, books, manual and videos on numerous personal development topics.
Check out more information on benefits at the Department of Human Resource Management’s homepage.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
USE OF THE VIRGINIA WORKFORCE NETWORK FOR JOBS RESULTING FROM THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT OF 2009 AND THOSE BEING RECRUITED BY VIRGINIA STATE AGENCIES
It is essential that a statewide system be used to facilitate the recruitment of jobs by state agencies and for those direct jobs that result from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Direct jobs are those jobs which are solely funded by the ARRA or at least fifty per cent of the job is funded by ARRA project funds. Such a system facilitates the creation and identification of a ready workforce that fosters Virginia’s economic prosperity in an efficient and effective manner.
The ARRA has several purposes including (1) to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery and (2) to assist those most impacted by the recession. Accordingly, it is incumbent on state government to connect workers to ARRA jobs and to be as efficient, effective and responsive as possible in making these connections.
Since 2006, the Commonwealth has focused resources on developing a comprehensive workforce development system including the establishment of the Virginia Workforce Network – the Commonwealth’s transparent and comprehensive workforce center system designed to connect employers and jobseekers with the resources of the entire workforce investment system. Within the Virginia Workforce Network is Virginia Workforce Connection (VWC) - the official web site for employer vacancy listings.
By virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor under Article V of the Constitution of Virginia and Sections 2.2-103 and 2.2-435.7 of the Code of Virginia, and subject to my continuing and ultimate authority and responsibility to act in such matters, I hereby direct that Virginia Workforce Connection (VWC) be used by all state agencies, contractors and sub-recipients for the recruitment of direct jobs created by ARRA and for those in all state agencies, regardless of funding source. For state agency recruitment, vacancies shall be posted with the
VWC via the State’s Recruitment Management System. The jobs shall be posted at the maximum number of locations within the Virginia Workforce Network to ensure multiple access points for the ease of job seekers.
I further assign oversight to the Chief Workforce Development Officer or designated senior staff member in cooperation with the Workforce Sub Cabinet, to ensure implementation. The oversight process will be developed by the Workforce Sub Cabinet in cooperation with the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), which is the administrative entity for the job exchange system.
The Commonwealth of Virginia will receive a certain amount of funds under the ARRA. Some of these funds will be provided to non-state entities, individuals and some of these funds will be administered directly by state agencies or through state agency contractors and sub-recipients. Additionally, as a part of management and administration, state agencies engage in recruitment to fill job openings and state agency operations are supported by public funds. Executive Order Number Sixty-One (2008) charges the Workforce Sub Cabinet with ensuring Cabinet collaboration regarding workforce development as required by state and federal statute. One of the duties of the Workforce Sub Cabinet is to support the development and implementation of a seamless and integrated One Stop workforce service delivery system.
Job Posting Requirements
The VWC shall be used to post all jobs available.
Posting is not required where an employer, contractor or subcontractor of an ARRA-funded state contract intends to fill the job opening created by ARRA funding with a present employee, a laid-off former employee or a job candidate from a previous recruitment.
This Executive Order is not intended to prevent organizations and companies from also seeking needed employees by other means including industry specific employment programs.
The provisions of this Executive Order shall not apply to contracts advertised prior to the Order’s effective date.
This posting requirement does not fulfill any ARRA reporting responsibility pertaining to jobs created or retained as otherwise required under the ARRA.
The VEC shall ensure that all ARRA jobs are identified as such on the VWC.
All state agencies shall post this Executive Order to their web site and communicate its requirements to contractors and sub-recipients.
This Executive Order shall also be posted on the Commonwealth official ARRA web site.
Duties in Carrying Out This Executive Order
The Senior Advisor shall work with the Workforce Sub Cabinet in directing a process to inform the general public of jobs opportunities funded by ARRA funds. This will be done in collaboration with the Virginia -Community College System, which is the state grant recipient for the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the oversight agency for the Virginia Workforce Network.
The VEC shall provide the administrative support for the process. Instructions have been developed and are attached for state agencies, contractors and sub-recipients to follow in meeting the centralized job posting requirements of this Executive Order. VEC contact information is included in the instructions.
This Executive Order is not intended to promote the widespread creation of new positions at state agencies for the purposes of ARRA implementation.
The VEC in cooperation with the Senior Advisor shall report to the Workforce Sub Cabinet on the number of jobs listed by state agencies, contractors and sub-recipients that were created to support projects funded with ARRA funds.
The Department of General Services, the Virginia Information Technologies Agency, and state higher education institutions shall include the requirements in this Executive Order in the new and existing contracts for ARRA procurement actions. These terms and conditions apply to non-professional and professional services; telecommunications services; non-IT and IT goods and services; and to institutions of higher education that have procurement authority.
This Executive Order shall be effective upon its signing and shall remain in full force and effect until September 30, 2011, unless sooner amended or rescinded by further executive order.
Given under my hand and under the Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia this 30th day of July 2009.