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Careers, Internships, Volunteer Opportunities

Working at a museum has always been our dream job. And we’d love to meet others who feel as passionate as we do! Explore our opportunities below, which include traditional employment, student internships, and endless volunteer opportunities.

Current Openings

Collections Specialist

The Collections Specialist is a key member of the SHM curatorial and registration staff, responsible for completing the work as described in Appendix 1 (Minnesota Historical Society Large Grant, awarded fall of 2022). The Specialist supports the work of the SHM Curator and Registrar for three-dimensional collections.

Building and Grounds Maintenance Technician

The successful candidate will be responsible for maintenance of the building and grounds. This includes plumbing, electrical, HVAC, lighting, and other mechanical systems maintenance in the building, as well as any other duties assigned by the Executive Director.

Visitor Services Coordinator

The primary responsibility is to be a welcoming host and a source of answers to all guests to the Museum. The Visitor Service Coordinator may provide information about our membership and sponsorship programs when the development team is unavailable. The front desk is the opportunity to make a great first impression and to repair any issues felt by our members and guests. Provide organizational oversight including staffing schedules for festivals, trade shows and community engagement opportunities.

Public Program Librarian

The Public Program Librarian works as part of a team to support the daily operations at the Stearns History Museum in the library and archives. The Public Program Librarian creates a welcoming and stimulating space in which our community can gather and learn. This position participates in delivering a variety of public-facing services: processing and organizing archive research requests, helping library users locate physical and electronic resources, acting a liaison between special interest groups and SHM, providing opportunities for student learners ages elementary through and university.


The Stearns History Museum has an active Internship program (unpaid). Any college student, with preference given to juniors, seniors, or graduate students may qualify as an intern. Preference is given to History, Public History, Library Science, Education, and Anthropology majors although other majors such as Art History, Art, Photography and English are encouraged to apply. A minimum of 120 hours is required to complete the Internship term. Work-study information is available at your college or university.

Our interns gain a comprehensive understanding of the Museum field and may work in the following fields: Education, Research/Archives, Artifact Collections, or Exhibits. For information contact the Museum by calling 320-253-8424 or emailing Curator Eric Cheever or Head Archivist, Steve Penick Please prepare a cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation from Academic Advisor.

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Stearns History Museum. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, volunteers are the cornerstone of our work at the Museum. Volunteers have the opportunity to experience diverse fields including archival and genealogy research, special events, artifact  preservation, guiding tours, greeting and admissions, gardening, and more!

Want to get involved? We are always accepting applications for new volunteers, please call 320-253-8424 or email for more information/questions. You will need to fill out both the Volunteer Application form and the Volunteer Application Liability and Descriptions form. These forms can be brought in or mailed to Stearns History Museum or emailed to

Stearns History Museum 235 33rd Avenue South St. Cloud, MN 56301

Museum Hours:

Wed. - Sat. 10-5,
Sunday 12-4.