Volunteer

Pella Historical Museums' success is highly dependent on our hard-working and talented volunteers. With opportunities for every age, there is something to learn and ways to have fun for individuals, families, or groups! The descriptions below provide a broad overview of the responsibilities and time commitment required by each.

 

Interested in learning more or getting involved? Click the orange button to fill out a brief form and we will get ahold of you!

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Year-Round Opportunities

Windmill Guides

Windmill guides take visitors on a tour of the Vermeer Mill. Volunteers for this role enjoy talking to people and have an interest in Pella's history and windmills specifically - or are willing to learn! Those interested will receive a tour script, as well as shadowing and training. Volunteers are scheduled as the individual's calendar permits; each shift is a half day. Shifts available mid-March through December.

Millers

The miller position requires a person with an interest in mechanical things who is willing to learn to operate a working windmill. Hands-on training is provided on site followed by a skill assessment by a certified miller. Once trained, millers work two or three days per month as their schedule permits. Shifts available mid-March through December.

Scholte House Guides

Scholte House guides open the museum, welcome guests, take money, answer questions, and occasionally give tours. Volunteers are friendly, responsible, and knowledgeable about the Scholte family and the history of Pella - or willing to learn! Those interested will be given information packets and training. Volunteers are schedule as their calendars permit; each shift is 1:00-4:00pm. Shifts available April through December.

General Volunteering

As you can imagine, keeping up 22 buildings in our Village, the tallest working windmill in North America, the 170-year-old home of our city's founder, and a country school takes a lot of time and elbow grease. If you have a skill you can share with us, we need you. Maybe it's sewing, painting, construction work, stuffing envelopes, planting flowers... The list could go on and on. Opportunities available year-round.

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Tulip Time Opportunities

Historical Village & Scholte House Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to serve as hosts and hostesses in the various buildings of the Historical Village as well as throughout the Scholte House to welcome guests and answer questions. All volunteers wear Dutch costumes to ensure the best experience for our guests.

Artisans

Tulip Time is one of two times each year that artisans fill the buildings in the Historical Village. Have a skill you want to share or are willing to learn? We would love to feature your talent! Maybe it's Hindeloopen painting, blacksmithing, woodworking, knitting, weaving, Dutch oven cooking, or something else. We'd also be happy to train you in some of these trades!

Ticket Takers

Hundreds of thousands of guests visit Pella during Tulip Time, and most of them come to the Historical Village and Windmill! We need people to take tickets at our gate during the three days of Tulip Time. You'll be greeting guests, selling tickets, and answering questions. Dutch costumes are required.

Scrub the Streets

Everyone in costume is welcome to participate in street scrubbing! Brooms and buckets are provided. 

Dutch Dancing

Dance in front of the Tulip Toren all three days of Tulip Time! Open to anyone 5th grade through adult.