Volunteers are crucial to the success of Strawbery Banke Museum. Through the efforts of our extraordinary volunteers, Strawbery Banke is able to provide quality programs and events that benefit thousands of visitors each year.

What Strawbery Banke volunteers are saying:
"The people are kind, take their work seriously but also have a lot of fun in the process. Preserving history is important to me. SBM is unique, and I consider it a star in the crown of the Seacoast. Strawbery Banke is extremely unusual, and I count it a high privilege to be a part of its mission." ~Current SBM Volunteer 

How you can help:
The volunteers of Strawbery Banke Museum give their time and talents to support the following activities:

  • Archaeology 
    Contact: Alix Martin, Archaeologist
  • Development 
    Contact: Joe April, Director of Development
  • Education  
    Contact: Bekki Coppola, Director of Education
  • Facilities (Landscape Operations & Maintenance Operations)
    Contact: Rodney Rowland, Director of Facilities and Environmental Sustainability
  • Horticulture  
    Contact: Laura Towne, Director of Human Resources
  • Human Resources & Volunteer Program  
    Contact: Laura Towne, Director of Human Resources
  • Special Events   
    Contact: Alex Cave, Museum Events Manager

And numerous other important activities that keep Strawbery Banke Museum moving forward!

Benefits of Volunteering at Strawbery Banke: 
As a small token of appreciation, the museum offers volunteers the following benefits based on the number of hours worked:

  • 2+ hours at an event: receive a complimentary ticket to a Strawbery Banke Signature Event or Museum Admission for 1 Adult.
  • Tiered incentive system (this is in progress and will be based on the total number of volunteer hours in the previous year; more details will be forthcoming). This is one of the reasons it’s important for our volunteers to track their time!

Current Volunteers:
Thank you for your enthusiastic support, and for all that you do to contribute to Strawbery Banke Museum’s ongoing success! 

It's very important that you track all volunteer hours, rounding up to the closest half hour. Click here to submit your most recent volunteer timesheet. 

Why is it important to log your hours? 
SBM runs reports on an annual basis, and this information is used for a wide variety of purposes including grant applications, and volunteer appreciation incentives!  A tiered volunteer incentive system is in progress, and total annual volunteer hours will inform the specific benefit given to each individual volunteer as a token of appreciation for your time. 

Interested in volunteering?
We appreciate your interest! 

Strawbery Banke staff members are working remotely whenever possible and volunteer opportunities are limited in order to prioritize everyone's health and wellbeing during this pandemic. We are currently offering a limited number of in-person and remote volunteer opportunities.

First steps:

  1. Click the department links above to learn more. If you identify an area(s) of interest:
  2. Click here to read the Strawbery Banke Volunteer Handbook
  3. Watch  Behind the Curtain: Strawbery Banke Revealed
  4. Click here to submit a new Volunteer Application Form. 
  5. Email the staff contact listed for any area(s) in which you're interested in volunteering. That staff member will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your skills, interests, and next steps.
We also encourage you to sign up for Strawbery Banke's e-newsletter to stay updated on the latest information, events, programs at the museum!  Click here to sign-up for the e-newsletter (the form can also be found on the footer of each page of the website).  
Strawbery Banke Members receive a print newsletter, BankeNotes, multiple times a year. This award-winning publication, recognized by the New England Museum Association, provides insight into each of the museum's departments, profiles of new projects, sponsor details, and a letter from the President.

Members also receive email bulletins with news about upcoming events, member discounts, and members-only benefits.  Click here to learn more!

Volunteer Feedback:
Strawbery Banke has an open-door policy and suggests that volunteers share their questions, concerns, suggestions, or complaints with someone who can address them properly. We encourage you to bring your questions, suggestions, and complaints to our attention.  We will carefully consider each of these in our continuing effort to improve operations. 

If you feel you have a problem, present the situation to your volunteer supervisor so that the problem can be settled by examination and discussion of the facts.  We hope that your supervisor is able to satisfactorily resolve most matters.

If you would prefer to submit a suggestion, concern, or complaint anonymously, you may do so using the following online Strawbery Banke Museum Volunteer Comment & Suggestion Form.

COVID-19 Precautions:
Strawbery Banke Museum is continuing to monitor and follow the guidance of the CDC, the NH Department of Health and Human Services, and Portsmouth’s Health Officer.

  • Click here to read about Strawbery Banke's 2021 COVID-19 Volunteer Safety Policies.
  • Click here to read Strawbery Banke Museum's COVID-19 precautions