Volunteers are an essential part of the Alutiiq Museum and we appreciate the hundreds of hours community members donate each year. Volunteers help with everything from studying Alutiiq prehistory to greeting visitors and hosting special events. Volunteering is a great way to learn more about Alutiiq Heritage and make new friends.
If you are interested in volunteering for the museum, please contact
(907-486-7004, x28), or download the museum's Volunteer Manual.
Docent - Greet visitors, give gallery tours, staff the museum store, assist children with educational programs or help to create a special event.
Laboratory Technician - Assist the museums' curatorial staff with the care of collections. Lab volunteers help to clean and label artifacts, identify photographs, assemble exhibits, and organize collections.
Field Assistant - Get your hands dirty while studying a prehistoric settlement with museum archaeologists through our Community Archaeology Program. Volunteers assist with all aspects of a professional excavation, from digging and screening to mapping and photography for a up to a month each summer.
Site Steward - Help archaeologists monitor sites in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. Learn about Kodiak archaeology, visit sites, record their condition, and return the information to the museum. This summer-long program helps the US Fish & WIldlife Service care for sites on public lands.
Each year we receive many requests from students and museum professionals interested in broadening their experiences with an internship in Kodiak. While the Alutiiq Museum does not maintain a paid internship program, we are pleased to work with volunteer interns. If you have an idea for an internship, or would like to speak to a member of our staff about current projects that might be available for an intern, please contact Museum Manager
, 907-486-7004, x28.
Photo: Jill Lipka and Intern Emilia Cortes assisting the museum's traveling traditions program.
Quyanaasinaq - Thank You Very Much To the many Community Members who assisted us in 2012
Adelia Myrick, Alice Ryser, Alisha Drabek, Andrea Gover, Andy Christofferson, April Charlo, April Laktonen Counceller, Ashleigh Roe, Betsey Myrick, Betty Odell, Beverly Moreno, Bob Kopperl, Brigid Dodge, Caitlin O'Connell, Cheryl Meunier, Christine Marasigan, Christy Roe, Chuck Crapo, Clair Brodie, Coral Chernoff, Courtney Carothers, Dake Schmidt, Dan Ogg, Devon Brodie, Don Clark, Don Dumm, Donn Tracy, Eva Holm, Evan Gardner, Florence Pestrikoff, Fred Coyle, Gayla Pedersen, Gloria Selby, Harry Dodge, Heather Brodie, Hillary Van Daele, Irene Coyle, Jack Withrow, Jaqueline Madsen, Jenny Fish, John Crye, John Sikes, Joseph Lipka, Judy Simeonoff, Julie Matweyou, Kathryn Chichenoff, Kip Thomet, Larry Van Daele, Leigh Thomet, Leslie Watson, Libby Eufemio, Lisa Hupp, Lloyd Keleher, Marcus Lepola, Margaret Roberts, Marina Brodie, Mark Withrow, Marnie Leist, Mary Haakanson, Mike Munsey, Mitch Simeonoff, Molly Odell, Nick Alokli, Nick Longirch, Nicole Misarti, Patrick Saltonstall, Paul Yatsik, Peggy Azuyak, Peter Boskofsky, Quentin Fong, Ronnie Lind, Ryan Cross, Smokey Stover, Sophie Shepherd, Spencer Wood, Steve Hall, Susan Malutin, Susan Payne, Suzanne Abraham, Tatiana Charliaga, Theresa Woldstad, Tiffany Brunson, Tyler Polum, Vicki Vanek
Andrea Gover - Volunteer of the Year 2012
Andrea Gover enjoys visiting family and exploring the island whenever she comes to Kodiak, but not all of that exploration is outdoors. In 2011, Andrea followed her interest in archaeology to the Alutiiq Museum’s laboratory, where she volunteered to clean and label artifacts from the Amak site. A student at Western Washington University, Andrea saw volunteering as a way to gain experience in collections care while learning about Kodiak’s rich history. And she kept coming back.
After her first Alutiiq Museum volunteer experience, she was hooked! In 2012, she returned to Kodiak to participate in Community Archaeology excavations, for which she received college credit. “I especially enjoyed learning about excavation in such a small program and beautiful setting as Kodiak,” said Andrea.
Now a college senior Andrea’s experiences studying Alutiiq heritage are fueling her studies. She is exploring the manufacture and use of slate knives in the Coast Salish culture area, and making comparisons with the Alutiiq slate tools she helped to care for in Kodiak.
“Volunteering opens doors,” said Alutiiq Museum Public Outreach Coordinator Danielle Ringer. “People who come to the museum to help out are often inspired. They learn new skills, explore new perspectives, and find new talents. And in the process, they assist the museum’s programs in very valuable ways.”
For the many hours of time Andrea gave to the museum and for her hard work the trenches, the Alutiiq Museum recognizes Andrea with the 2012 volunteer of the year award. Andreas gift of time and expertise significantly advanced our study of the Amak site.
Quyanaasinaq – We thank you most sincerely Andrea.