The museum has many active volunteers who assist in a variety of areas! Museum volunteers operate the trains, share Maine’s unique railroad history with visitors, restore historic railroad cars and locomotives, design and build exhibits and help with special events. We are currently looking for volunteers in the following areas:
- Train Crew – A train ride is a big part of the visitor experience at the museum. Trains are operated, in part, by volunteers. No prior experience is necessary! We provide training to become a trainman, conductor, or engineer.
- Restoration – Restoration volunteers repair and rebuild historic railroad cars in the museum collection. Work includes carpentry, upholstery, painting, and metal work. Whether you are a master carpenter or handyman, we can use your skills!
- Mechanical & Track Work – Mechanical volunteers help restore and operate historic locomotives and maintain the track. If you have an aptitude and passion for carpentry, welding, electrical, or mechanical work, this is the department for you!
- Archives – Archives volunteers help organize collection items and artifacts. A variety of jobs are available, from cataloging historic documents and photos, to assisting with artifacts and items for display.
- Special Events – Event volunteers help with a variety of tasks including taking tickets, event set-up, assisting with children’s activities and more! Opportunities for special event volunteers are available year-round.
- Museum Guides/Docents – Docents ride aboard the train and share Maine’s unique railroad history with school children, tour groups and visitors from around the globe. We provide training on historical information to share with the public.
Please fill out a Volunteer Application and return it to the museum via mail (58 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101) or email if you’d like to get involved. For more information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator using the form below.