Volunteer Opportunities

The Swannanoa Valley Museum  relies on the dedication and commitment of volunteers to help in a multitude of ways. We offer a wide range of opportunities that are subject to availability and applicant’s qualifications. Training is provided by staff.


  • Docents keep the museum open and running from April to December. Working 3.5 hours shifts, they open and close the museum, greet visitors, orient them to the galleries, run the gift shop, and answer questions about exhibits, our institution, and the Black Mountain/Buncombe County area. Docents are the face of SVM!


  • There are potentially endless opportunities for folks of all walks of life to volunteer their time in the archives of the museum. From digitizing and sorting photo collections, creating finding aids for our extensive collections, or simply helping to organize our vertical research files. There is always work to be done in our ever-growing space!


  • There are numerous opportunities to serve on various committees at the museum based on your interests and experience. Some of these committees include Collections (helping decide what comes in and out of the museum), Education (helping guide the educational programming and outreach at the museum), and Special Events (these fundraising events are educational and fun!).


  • The Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center offers 150-hour unpaid internships to college students and recent college graduates in areas relevant to their field of study. In the past these have typically included: education, curatorial, programming, and marketing.