Volunteer Opportunities

Naper Settlement volunteers play an essential role in inspiring and engaging thousands of visitors from all over the world. Volunteers founded the Naperville Heritage Society in 1969 and they remain the core of the Society's mission. Dedicated and passionate volunteers interact with and support over 300,000 annual museum visitors from the greater Naperville community, statewide, nationally and internationally. We welcome dynamic, lifelong learners who want to be a part of Naper Settlement's volunteer corps. 

Apply today to begin your volunteer experience!

To learn more about what volunteer opportunities are available at Naper Settlement, take a look at our quick reference guide (PDF).

Discover the Right Volunteer Opportunity for You! 

We invite you to explore our many volunteer opportunities and discover the right volunteer opportunity for you. Volunteers can assist at one event, once a week or whenever they have extra time.  Work behind the scenes, outdoors, with visitors, or even at home!  

History Connectors at Hometown Picnic

Education Volunteers

Naper Nights Volunteers at Photo Booth

Events Volunteers

Curatorial Volunteer with Artifact

Collection Volunteers

Garden Volunteer at Naper Settlement

Buildings & Grounds Volunteers

Weed Ladies Volunteers at Flower Sale

Weed Ladies Volunteers

Administrative Volunteers at Naper Settlement

Administrative Volunteers

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Youth Volunteering Volunteers in grades 4 through 7 are welcome to apply to the Junior Volunteer Program by early 2019. Formal training takes place in late winter/early spring to prepare volunteers for the April-October season.

High School Volunteering Volunteers in grades 8-11 are welcome to apply to the History Connector Program. Volunteers in grade 12 and above are welcome to apply to the Building Interpreter Program.

Internships

Naper Settlement offers a variety of internship opportunities throughout the year. Please email our Volunteer Coordinators for more information.

  • Internships are available during fall, spring, and summer semesters or as your school allows. Internships can be used for college credit with school approval.
  • The Summer Internship Program is available by application to undergraduate and graduate students. Applications open in mid-February. The internship program runs from June and July.
  • John K. and Judith H. Powell Museum Studies Internship is available by application to undergraduate or graduate students in collections and education. Applications open in early fall and the program begins in January.