The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum are now open daily! Note that dining, theaters, and other offerings have been enhanced to help you stay healthy.
What to know before you visit
In 2 Timothy 1:9 Paul reminds Timothy that the Lord has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.
God has called each and every Christian to serve Him. It may be that He is calling you to serve Him as a Creation Museum volunteer. The power and authority of Gods Word, and especially the Good News of Jesus Christ will forever change the lives of countless museum guests. As a volunteer at the Creation Museum, you will be blessed with a unique opportunity to invest your life in service of eternal worth.
At the Creation Museum we need volunteers who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior, and who cheerfully exhibit the joy of the Lord in working with others. In most cases, the ability to be on your feet for extended periods is also a must. (Scripture tells us that the feet of those who bring the Good News of Jesus are beautiful! See Romans 10:14-15.) Opportunities for volunteers fall into two main types, summarized below. Please note that all candidates 18 or older must authorize a security background check.
Staff volunteers will commit to a schedule, reporting for a least one shift per weeka minimum of 4 ½ hours. These volunteers will interact with museum guests in a variety of highly visible positions: Guest Services, Food Service, Bookstore, Housekeeping and Groundskeeping. They will receive training equivalent to that of paid staff members, and will function in the same manner. Staff volunteers must be at least age 16, and have a reliable means of transportation. An application and interview process are required.
Periodic volunteers will not need to adhere to a schedule or make a minimum weekly time commitment. Some may arrange to volunteer on a very regular basis, (for example, returning to the same position each Tuesday). Others may make flexible arrangements to suit their changing schedules. Periodic volunteers will normally serve behind the scenes (in the offices, kitchen or warehouse), having limited contact with museum guests. The regular staff training program will not be requiredspecific instructions or guidance will be provided as needed. As a rule, periodic volunteers will be 16 or older.
As we approach the May 28 Grand Opening and beyond, bear in mind that our Volunteer Program is in transition. Once the Creation Museum is open, all volunteers regularly interacting with museum guests will be trained Staff Volunteers. As we get settled into our new mode of operations, we anticipate discovering new and better ways to provide Periodic Volunteering opportunities.
In this time of transition it is appropriate to salute the many volunteers who have come and served as mission team members. Volunteer teams have contributed many thousands of man-hours over the years. In the past two weeks alone, teams from Pennsylvania and Virginia have tirelessly put in over one thousand hours of work! Many youth groups have come and done a lot of manual laborespecially during the hot months of summer. However, with the opening of the Creation Museum, we will not ordinarily be postured to utilize larger groups of untrained volunteers. Also, we will not regularly have volunteer opportunities for individuals under 16 years old.
A Legacy and a Harvest
To all who have volunteered, your legacy is a one-of-a-kind, God-honoring place where volunteers will continue to be instrumental in introducing people to Jesus Christ and the Bible. Well done, good and faithful servants! To all who will be returning or volunteering for the first time, remember the words of Jesus, Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!