Genesee Country Village & Museum

1411 Flint Hill Road
Mumford, NY 14611
Phone: 585-294-8225
Contact: Terrie McKelvey

Email: tmckelvey@gcv.org
Website: www.gvc.org

The mission of gcv&m is to inspire excitement and curiosity about the past and an appreciation for its relevance today.

Visitors experience how life in small towns has changed over time through engaging and enjoyable encounters with the stories, objects, buildings, and environments of Western New York.

There’s fun & entertainment for visitors of every age! Savor the smell of hops and yeast in the only working 19th-century brewery in the country! Watch master craftsmen at work. Marvel at the first-ever, full size replica of a Civil War-era gas balloon! Visit the newly remodeled John L Wehle Gallery and view our premier collection of sporting art and historic clothing. Bird watch and hike miles of trails and experience Maple Sugaring every March at the Nature Center. Old Time Base Ball games are scheduled all summer for men and women teams. There are over eighteen gala special event weekends yearly. 

Wish List

  • all-terrain vehicles (to move mulch for the Nature Center’s 5 miles of trails)
  • cat food
  • garden tools, (rakes, shovels, hoes, etc.) wheelbarrows, gardening gloves
  • golf carts
  • gravel
  • grass seed, flower bulbs
  • painting supplies (brushes, trays, gloves, rollers, etc.)
  • T-shirts for volunteers

 

Volunteers Needed

  • Gallery Docents: greet visitors, provide engaging interpretation of the history and significance of the art & artifacts in the gallery collection, and offer tours.  Must have excellent communication skills, feel at ease giving presentations to a wide variety of individuals and groups, and be able to stand for periods of time. Training program will be provided.
  • Library Volunteers: work with our curatorial staff to continue the work that has been started in categorizing, sorting, preserving and overseeing our collection of books and research materials. 
  • Special Events Assistant: help with event registration, greeting guests, providing crowd control, ticket sales, logistical support, or program delivery. 
  • Special Events Food Servers: for food tents during special event programs (e.g.,  scooping ice cream, working on a buffet line).  Training provided. 
  • Museum Store Assistant: assist customers with purchases, maintain a neat and orderly store and help with pricing and inventory of merchandise.
  • Research Team: work with museum staff to investigate possibilities for new or enhanced programs and events, assist in historical research on topics related to Village structures, 19th century culture or life in the Genesee Country.  Research at home, online, or within the community.
  • Sewing Guild: assist in the construction through hand sewing (and in some cases machine sewing) of reproduction clothing, accessories and household textiles of the 19th century to be worn by museum’s interpretive staff, used in living history programs or for the furnishing of historic buildings.  Some work may be done at home. 
  • Village Relief: provide relief when Historic Village Interpreters are on break or at lunch.  Mentoring and building information provided. 
  • Curatorial Assistant: assist in cataloging, cleaning, researching, displaying and care for museum textiles, art, carriages, antiquities, & buildings.
  • Gardens and Grounds: work under the instruction and supervision of museum Master Gardeners.  Common garden skills required for general landscape maintenance, and grass cutting; planting and weeding of historic gardens and pruning of our orchards. Ability to work in various weather conditions is a must.
  • Nature Center: provide Community Education: help with trail maintenance, be a Nest Box Monitor, serve as a visiting expert for Summer Sampler or Earth Camp.  Provide Special Event program support.
  • Maintenance Assistant: scraping and painting fences, benches, tables, buildings and sundry items.  Skilled craftsman, lawn mowing and trimming, and general property maintenance. Must be able to tolerate outdoor weather conditions.
  • Promotion/Membership: assist in promoting the museum and special events by placing brochure and hanging posters in public places or assist at the membership booth during events to welcome new members to the museum.
  • Behind the Scenes: assist in day to day office support - answering phones on weekends, filing, shredding, printing, preparing mailings, data entry as well as researching for new programs and educational materials.
  • Youth Program: youth are welcome as volunteers in many areas of the museum. Provide support with Historic Village interpretation, 19th-century games, as Admissions Greeters, with our “Try Your Hand” program, as Summer Sampler and Earth Camp class assistants and more!
  • Opportunities for Teens: Get experience to post on your resumes for jobs and colleges.
    Opportunities at the Nature Center, clearing and maintaining the trails. Food service positions, assisting staff with a  variety of tasks; clearing tables, serving, restocking, trash removal, ice cream servers. Outgoing teens to welcome visitors. 

    Contact Volunteer Services Department at volunteers@gcv.org or call 585-294-8225.



New listing 10/25/16.