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We are always seeking dynamic people who want to take on an active role in cultivating and promoting the NMHFM to help it thrive.  If you believe as we do, that the Museum is a national treasure, please consider sharing your time and expertise to the Museum.  We invite you to explore the many opportunities for service;  if you don't identify with any of our traditional volunteer positions, contact us and let us create a meaninful opportunity that matches your interests and skills!  



Museum ambassador/docents ensure a great visitor experience by providing on the spot customer service by circulating throughout an assigned area to assist visitors with wayfinding, answering questions about the exhibitions, collecting visitor feedback, and taking photos for social media sites.  This position is for those who enjoy interacting with the public and would like to meet and engage with people from around the world.

Administrative support- prepare mass mailings, file, assist with inventory, and other office tasks.  It isn't very glamorous but is a huge help to our understaffed office. 

Events support - We have a number of large and small events at which we always need extra hands to keep things running smoothly- everything from setting up and tearing down tables/chairs, decorating, serving food & beverages, capturing great guest photos, conducting special talks, facilitating learning activities for kids, or serving as a planning committee member for our fundraising events and being involving from the initial planning stages to completion.

Facilities Upkeep-  We are a big place!  We always need extra hands to keep the museum looking her best.  Polishing exhibit cases, vacuuming, maintaining the lawn,  flower beds and shrubs, and shoveling snow in the winter, are just some of the needs in this area.

Behind the scenes- Do you love researching and organizing information?  We've got a project for you!  We need volunteers to research newsletters, clippings, newspapers, social media, etc. to create a timeline of significant museum events from 2009 to the present, create digital media scrapbooks, and identify significant events for posting to our social media sites.

How much time do I have to commit as a volunteer?

Whether it's a regular ongoing assignment, a "one and done" task helping out with events and educational programming, or participating in annual community service project, we've got an option for you.


Volunteer Spotlight:  Fred Mark

After moving to Leadville in 2007, Fred wanted to get involved and 

contribute to the community.  Fred noticed the museum's website at the time was pretty sad so he approached the director and offered his services to help improve it. Over the years, not only has he helped with the website, Fred has contributed research and design to exhibits including creating videos for The Matchless Mine exhibits, led children's activities, and is a repeat server at our annual Wine at the Mine event.  Fred continues to volunteer at the museum because he enjoys sharing his love of mining history, feeling usefule, and having a place where he is expected to show up.  He finds volunteering helps keep him mentally engaged and active in his retirement.



Contact us today for more information!









About the Museum

Explore our 25,000 sq.ft. of interactive and informative exhibits!

About Us



Educational Resources

Hall of Fame

Learn about the industrious men and women who changed the mining world.

About the Hall of Fame

Browse Inductee Database

2020 Inductees

Prazen Award 

Matchless Mine

Visit the historic site of the Matchless Mine and learn the story of the infamous Silver King and Baby Doe.

About the Matchless


Hours and Location