Work with Us!

There are always opportunities to work with West Des Moines Historical Society. Currently there are no staff positions open.
However, we are looking for passionate docents, interns, and volunteers to help us move our mission forward. Review the opportunities below and connect with us.

If you would like to talk to our Executive Director about any opportunities further, please email

Docents for tours of the Jordan House Museum

Docents are public facing tour guides who provide visitors a unique historical experience. Guided tours are offered weekly on Friday and Sunday, and private, group and school tours are scheduled by appointment year round. Docents must be able to walk and talk for up to 90 minutes per tour and create a safe learning environment for our visitors while upholding the rules and policies of the West Des Moines Historical Society.

Docents are independent contractors and are paid $25 per tour. Successful candidates must be available to work Sundays, and weekday availability is a plus.

Please complete the online form and submit to be considered for this position.

Volunteer Opportunities

As the West Des Moines Historical Society has started to bring in additional visitors and we expand our events and outreach, the need for volunteers has grown.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Special event volunteer (planning committee and/or day of)
  • Office/clerical/administrative
  • Facility maintenance (indoor and outdoor)

To submit a volunteer application, you can use the online form, or fill out the Volunteer Application and mail it to:
PO Box 65563
West Des Moines, IA 50265


West Des Moines Historical Society is looking for passionate college students located in near West Des Moines or throughout the country to help website and social media maintenance, program assistance, and general assignments to help with the sustainability of WDMHS.

Please fill out this online form if you are interested in interning with us!

Forever Free Internship

The Forever Free Mentoring Internship gives college students the opportunity to experience history by actively uncovering information that will shed light on the Underground Railroad. Students will gain experience in critical thinking, analysis, writing, and communication while completing nominations for Jordan and Huston Cemeteries in West Des Moines to the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom.

● Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong interpersonal skills.
● Ability to be self-directed and work independently while also working as part of a team.
● Ability to handle multiple tasks, set priorities and deadlines, and maintain accurate records.
● Problem solving skills, including the ability to resolve conflicts and recommend an appropriate course of action.
● Proficiency with Microsoft Office software.
Please email Executive Director, Gale Brubaker at, regarding the status of this internship program.