Volunteer as an Experience Guide
Experience Guides are volunteer hosts of the Samuel Slater Experience (SSE) who support and enhance visitors’ experiences throughout their tour of the museum. As knowledgeable emissaries, they assist with the self-guided tours, supply transitional and anecdotal information for each exhibit, explain the digital technology and techniques used, and answer specific questions about the Samuel Slater story, the founding of Webster, and the history of the SSE.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Experience Guides are expected to share an interest and enthusiasm for the history of the Industrial Revolution and the town of Webster. They should have the ability to actively interact with children, school groups, and adults and be comfortable with public speaking. Volunteer guides are asked to take at least two 3-hour shifts per month and may set their own schedule in advance. We ask that volunteers be at least 16 years of age and be vaccinated.
SSE will provide periodic training sessions covering all aspects of the museum, the technology, and the building. Guides must attend the training sessions and are expected to do more reading on their own.
In addition to supporting the education of children and adults from the region and fostering an interest in history and science, Experience Guides will receive a family pass for free entry to the museum. They will also receive a 20% discount in the gift shop, a 20% discount on event rentals, and invitations to special events.