Northwest Railway Museum Volunteer Program
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Northwest Railway Museum. Whether you want to explore personal interests or learn a new skill, our volunteer program has something for everyone. Join the Northwest Railway Museum and share the excitement of a working railroad!
On this page, you will find information about our volunteer program and instructions on how to apply. If you have questions about our volunteer program, contact our ProgramCoordinator at elizabeth@TrainMuseum.org
Train Crew serve weekends during our Running Trades Program, or passenger rail program, (April through October), during special events (through December), and as needed for chartered and educational programs throughout the year. Shifts are typically 8 hours and include built in break times.
Train Crew serve at least one shift a month, at least one shift during special events, and as needed for chartered educational programs throughout the year.
Our skilled Train Crew receive extensive training. No previous train experience is required to begin!
Minimum age is 16 years or older with some positions reserved for those 18 and 21 years or older. (Volunteers under 16 years of age might consider Conductor’s Assistant or Special Events Volunteering) Train Crew qualifications vary by position but all volunteers must pass our Museum issued Rules and Regulations test and hold current certifications issued by the Museum. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information.
*Historically, train related job descriptions included gender specific terms such as “Trainman” or “Brakeman.” The Northwest Railway Museum uses these historical terms to denote Train Crew positions. In no way is the use of gender specific language intended to discriminate against individuals who do not identify as male.
Conductor’s Assistants serve weekends during our Running Trades Program, or passenger rail program, (April through October) and during special events (through December). Shifts are dependent upon the availability of qualified Conductors. Conductor’s Assistants determine the length of their shifts. No minimum shifts per month required, although we do ask Conductor’s Assistants to serve frequently to retain and practice newly acquired skills.
Conductor’s assistants are between the ages of 12 and 16 and demonstrate an understanding of and adherence to safety procedures. All training is provided by Museum appointed qualified Conductors.
Docents share their passion for history with visitors by interpreting the Museum’s collection in the Train Shed Exhibit Building, the Snoqualmie Depot, and the history of the railway during train rides. Docents lead engaging tours that help visitors understand how the railroad changed everything.
Docents serve weekends during our Running Trades Program, or passenger rail program, (April through October), during special events (through December), and for educational programming year round. Shifts are typically 3 to 4 hours long.
Minimum age is 16 years or older. Docents must complete our Docent training program, a multi-week course offered each spring. Docents must demonstrate an understanding of the museum’s interpretive program, creativity, and critical thinking.
Conservation and Restoration Center Volunteers
CRC Volunteers schedule shifts based on staff availability and project need. Our CRC is open 6 days a week. Weekday and weekend shifts are available.
CRC volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. While no experience is required to participate, volunteers must demonstrate an exemplary adherence to safety procedures and be able to follow staff instruction.
We are currently accepting college level interns in a museum related field for support in the Library and Archives.
Special Events Volunteers
Special Events Volunteers serve during special events, July through December. We ask Special Events Volunteers to consider serving at least one shift per special event.
Special Events Volunteers need only enthusiasm and some time!
Special Project Volunteers
- FOUR train passes to use or share with friends, additional train passes for hours accrued
- 10% discount on TWO special event tickets
- 10% discount in the Depot Bookstore
- Subscription, and recognition, in The Sounder, the Musem's member quarterly newsletter
- Reciprocal free admission to regional museum's during National Volunteer Week, every April
- Invitation to annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration
- Access to training and continued education
Additionally, volunteers serving on Train Crew, in the Conservation and Restoration Center, and as a Docent receive:
- NRM water bottle
- NRM Conductor/Enginieer pins
- Docent vest