Volunteer

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Essential Partners in the Museum Experience
The partnership of Volunteers brings value to every aspect of the Colorado Railroad Museum, from exhibits and grounds to guest services and events.

Volunteers invest thousands of hours to help ensure that the Museum’s 100,000+ annual visitors enjoy a memorable and educational experience of Colorado’s railroad heritage.

We invite you to serve as a Volunteer so that your individual talents can help keep the Museum one of the best of its kind.

Consider a Volunteer Opportunity to Match Your Interests

2015 Woodworking / Finishing / Restoration Volunteer Request
The Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden has significant restoration projects for 2015 and beyond. The Museum’s extensive collection of antique rail cars dating from the 1880’s includes some needing extensive renovation and repair. We are looking to grow our team of restoration volunteers with woodworkers and finishers who are passionate about restoring these historic treasures. Come join us preserve these priceless treasures from the past.

We are looking for men and women with woodworking and painting/finishing experience and who enjoy working with others on significant projects and who have an attention to detail.  This is a unique opportunity for people who have an appreciation for historic rail cars and their incredible contribution to the building of our country. Most of the work is performed in our five-bay roundhouse on the museum grounds. We’ll happily teach you about railcar restoration and help you develop the needed skills.

If you want to be part of preserving history, give us a call (800-365-6263) or contact Volunteer & Event Manager Rick Bernstein (rick@crrm.org) or Restoration Manager Jeff Ambrose (jeff@crrm.org) by email. We’d love to hear from enthusiastic, hard-working, train fanatics who love nothing more than bringing these great pieces of history back to life! Feel free to drop by the Roundhouse any Monday or Tuesday between 8:00 and 3:00 to talk with the crew.

We’ll see you down the line!

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Equipment Restoration and Maintenance
The Museum is fortunate to have more than 100 locomotives, cabooses and railcars that require skilled care. Volunteers enjoy hands-on involvement in painting, lettering, metalwork, machining, carpentry and pipefitting.

Exhibits
To help ensure that the Museum remains an engaging destination, volunteers assist with installation, maintenance and general upkeep of displays and exhibits.

Grounds
The park-like setting of the Museum grounds requires regular and careful attention so that it remains inviting and accessible to guests, particularly from April through October.

Hosts
A friendly guide can create a positive visitor experience and help bring to life Colorado’s fascinating railroad history. You don’t need to be an expert, just someone who enjoys meeting people.

Library and Archives
Volunteer support in the care and use of our extensive resource collection allows the library staff to increase public research hours in the renowned Robert W. Richardson Library.

Office and Depot General Store
To provide attentive customer service, we rely on volunteers to work closely with the staff by stocking merchandise, answering phones and performing general office duties.

Operations
Become a member of the train crew by joining our on-the-job training program. Start as a Trainman, work up to Brakeman, Conductor, Fireman and eventually even Engineer.

Track
From spiking down track to replacing rotten ties and installing new switches, volunteers will get a physical workout and a real sense of accomplishment.

General Qualifications for Volunteers
To help ensure that Volunteer participation is effective and safe for all involved, the Colorado Railroad Museum wants to make sure that any interested individuals are:

  • At least 16 years of age
  • Able to work with others for the good of the Museum
  • Willing to adhere to general volunteer standards

Volunteers may work on any day of the week and in more than one area.

Making Your Service a Success
We deeply appreciate the hundreds of volunteers whose efforts advance the mission of the Colorado Railroad Museum. When you commit to serving as a volunteer, we make a commitment too—to providing you with resources and opportunities that will make your contribution successful and fulfilling.

Specialized Training
Through Museum resources and interaction with staff and volunteers, you’ll gain the knowledge to serve well. According to your role, you’ll learn about railroading, history, artifacts, visitor services and other important aspects of our events and operations.

Colorado Pride and Community Service
There’s nothing quite like volunteering to express pride in Colorado’s amazing railroad heritage and to enrich the learning and enjoyment of residents and visitors to the Rocky Mountain region.

Friendly Connections
Among the Museum’s many volunteers, you’ll find like-minded connections with others—from history buffs and train collectors to people who simply get a kick out of telling stories and serving guests.

Appreciation Events
Doing good can be its own reward, but there are other benefits too. Volunteers enjoy special access to Museum experiences and appreciation events in recognition of their tremendous contributions.