Do you like to tell stories? To explore history? To renovate and maintain historic structures? Issaquah History Museums welcomes you! Our organization relies on a community of people like you to operate its museums, maintain its exhibits, digitize its collections, and run its programs. Volunteer opportunities include diverse positions such as leading history hikes, holding story hours for children, docenting at the museums, and leading custom tours.


  • Receive free general admission to the museum for you and your guests.
  • Enjoy a 10% at IHM gift shops.
  • Receive “Squak Talk,” the inside scoop on volunteer news.
  • Participate in volunteer-only events.
  • Develop expertise in local history.
  • Get to know a fun and diverse group of people who love Issaquah!


  • Fill out the form below or contact Issaquah History Museums at 425/392-3500.
  • Talk with museum staff to determine which opportunities best suite your interests.
  • Complete a Volunteer Application.
  • Attend occasional training sessions to develop your skills!

I would love to volunteer!


Special Events Volunteer

Assist with events like our Hands-On History Days, Heritage Day, and other events.

Office Assistant Volunteer

Office Assistant Volunteers help with the daily running of our organization. Tasks might include filing, collating binders, entering data into spreadsheets, or other administrative tasks.

Hike Assistant Volunteer

Hike assistants works with the hike leader to provide support during the hike of a group of participants on coal mining and logging hikes around Issaquah. Responsibilities include taking pictures, distributing evaluations, making sure that hike participants are staying with the group.

Facilities Volunteer

Facilities Volunteers help maintain the museum grounds and facilities in a safe and attractive manner.

Collections Volunteer

Collections Volunteers work with the Collections Manager to research, catalog, and care for IHM’s ever growing holdings of artifacts and photographs. Some Collections Volunteers work on specific long-term projects; other help with whatever is most needed during the time when they are in the building.

Tour Guide

Issaquah History Museums’ tour program provides additional interpretation of exhibits at the Gilman Town Hall and Issaquah Depot. You’ll learn inquiry-based techniques to use with kids, along with deeper information about the exhibit contents in order to create a positive learning experience for visiting groups.


The Issaquah History Museums are seeking docents to assist with the upcoming busy season! Docents at the Issaquah Depot Museum and the Gilman Town Hall Museums act as hosts and representatives of the museums, and provide a personal connection to the museum experience. Docents welcome visitors, answer basic questions, sell trolley tickets and gift shop items, and open and secure the building.