Volunteer Opportunities

There are so many opportunities to volunteer and learn with us. We offer positions that are mutually beneficial to the museum and the volunteer. To learn more, please call 225-765-2437 or email rurallife@lsu.edu.


Volunteer as a Skilled Artisan.

Volunteer as an artisan who demonstrates living history at our special events, Harvest Days, A Rural Life Christmas and the Rural Life Apprentice Program.  Any skilled artisans interested, please contact Steve Ramke at sramke@lsu.edu.


Volunteer as a Docent/Interpreter

Receive training to give tours to school groups on field trips or adult groups (national and international) visiting the museum. The museum gets visitors from around the world, so in addition to English speaking docents we also need docents who are fluent in French, German, Spanish or Italian. 

For more information about the next available docent training session, please contact the museum at (225)765-2437 or ccouvillon@lsu.edu.


Volunteer for Special Events

Lend a hand at special events like Zapp’s International Beerfest, Harvest Days and A Rural Life Christmas.


Volunteer in Historic Crafts/Maintenance

Assist with behind-the-scene restorations and reproductions. Previous experience necessary.


Volunteer as Gardeners

Plant, maintain and harvest gardens in the historic areas.


Volunteer in Collections

Learn about history and artifacts while maintaining artifacts, researching items, as well as clerical support. Opportunities also available for seamstresses to make reproduction clothing and home furnishings, and weaving. Individual projects may be assigned as work at home or at the Rural Life Museum.  For more information, please contact the museum at (225)765-2437 or kfresi1@lsu.edu


Volunteer as a Junior Docent

The Rural Life Museum is one of a handful of Louisiana museums with an organized junior docent program. Begun in 1998, the Junior Docent program is open to students in the sixth through twelfth grades. Through monthly meetings, events, and field trips they are offered diverse opportunities to learn about nineteenth century lifeways, and to share this knowledge with others. Junior Docents volunteer at the museum throughout the year. They provide valuable assistance to staff and artisans during the museum’s interpretive events, which are Harvest Days, A Rural Life Christmas, and the Rural Life Apprentice Program.

For more information, please contact Steve Ramke at sramke@lsu.edu.



  • Earn complimentary admission
  • Earn discounts at the Museum Gift Shop
  • Flexible volunteer time commitments
  • Volunteer recognition events
  • Free newsletter
  • Meet others with similar interests


Corporate Volunteer Opportunities

The LSU Rural Life Museum is always in need of volunteers and Corporate Volunteers are the best! Supporting companies often offer volunteer opportunities to their employees and some companies volunteer as a group or department for team-building and as a way of giving back to the community. By request, we can make a special presentation on your company premises to explain these opportunities to your employees. Please consider joining our corporate volunteer team.


LSU Rural Life Museum
P.O. Box 80498
Baton Rouge, LA 70898

Phone: 225-765-2437
Fax: 765-2639