National Archives at Kansas City

Volunteer Opportunities Available at the National Archives at Kansas City

Archival Volunteers

Genealogy Volunteer

The volunteer will aid patrons with family history research in our Public Access Computer Room. Primary responsibilities include introducing new genealogists and first time patrons to resources available through the National Archives at Kansas City and answering genealogical questions. Using your own experience, teach patrons to navigate family history sources and help them work through “brick walls” in their research. Excellent opportunity to network with other genealogists and expand your own research!

Experience with family history research is a must. We are seeking individuals with the following traits:  patience, research skills, and willingness to share information; basic internet and computer skills; and knowledge of,, and Training on National Archives specific resources will be provided. New volunteers must attend an orientation and be willing to shadow a current volunteer for the first few weeks of volunteer service.

Project Volunteer

The volunteer will transcribe and enter data extracted from historic documents into Access and Excel databases to help create finding aids for the records of a variety of Federal agencies. The ability to read old handwriting is helpful.

Volunteers must be attentive to detail and be comfortable performing repetitious entry for a minimum of four hours. This is a great opportunity for students and recent graduates interested in pursuing an archival or library science career or those with an interest in history and original documents.

For more information on archival volunteer positions, contact:

Elizabeth Burnes
Archivist (Interim Volunteer Program Coordinator)
Telephone: (816) 268-8093

National Archives at Kansas City
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

How to Apply:
Fill out and submit the Archival Volunteer Application Form

Exhibit, Education, & Public Programming Volunteers


The volunteer will greet patrons upon entering exhibition halls and be on hand to answer questions about the National Archives and touring exhibits. Occasionally lead groups on tours through exhibits. Provide back-up to staff as necessary for large groups and assist with school children throughout the year. Docents will have the opportunity to assist staff with special events such as book signings, lectures, and evening tours on occasion. If you enjoy history, museums, and working with people, this is a great opportunity to combine your interests while learning and sharing your love of history with others.

Must be able to stand/roam for periods of two to four hours assisting visitors as required. Some memorization skills needed to work with an outline “script” of exhibit. Word for word memorization is not required. General knowledge of U.S. history is necessary, but no expertise is needed! Knowledge of the Kansas City area is helpful. Docents must be willing and able to attend periodic daytime training sessions as new exhibits arrive. National Archives specific details will be taught in orientation and training.

Evening Reception Attendant

The volunteer will assist staff during evening events and occasional day-time or weekend events by greeting visitors at the front door and directing them to exhibits and speakers. Duties include answering basic questions about the National Archives, the building, exhibitions on display, and the scheduled lecture or activities. Volunteers may serve refreshments and help with minimal cleanup at the end of the function.

Must be available evenings between 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Daytime events may take place on occasion. Most events take place Tuesday-Thursday. Individuals should enjoy interacting with the public and be able assist with light cleanup duties. Volunteers will be invited to stay for the program after clean up.

For more information on exhibit, education, and public programming volunteer positions, contact:

Mickey Ebert
Education Specialist
Telephone: (816) 268-8013

National Archives at Kansas City
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

How to Apply:
Fill out and submit the Exhibit-Education-Public Programming Volunteer Application

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