Volunteer with the National Law Enforcement Memorial and the Museum

At the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum, we look forward to bringing the realities of law enforcement to visitors from around the globe with the help of our resident volunteer program. From forward-facing roles that lead tours and teach workshops, to behind-the-scenes roles such as data entry and classroom preparation, we have many opportunities for those looking to join our exciting team. Read below for how you can help!

Our Application Process

All those interested in volunteering with us must complete and submit a volunteer application. Once received, all applications will be reviewed by our Manager of Volunteer Services, who will contact you for a Phone Interview. Upon approval, a background check will be completed before admission into the program.

Interested in becoming a Volunteer?

When you are ready to apply to be a volunteer, click the button below to start your application.

Volunteer Opportunities

Museum Guides

The National Law Enforcement Museum offers daily highlights tours lead by our resident Museum Guides. All hailing from law-enforcement backgrounds, our Guides share their own personal stories from their working experiences alongside highlights from our collection. These skilled volunteers offer unparalleled insight into the stories of American law enforcement, crafting a one-of-a-kind experience in our nation’s capital.
Commitment:
Volunteers must be able to commit to at least one year of service to the museum Guides are expected to contribute regularly to tour offerings, including daily tours for the general public and special-request tours for visiting groups.
Training:
Attendance at a 6-week training course is mandatory for all Museum Guides. During training, volunteers are introduced to the Museum’s collection, policies, and staff structure while also learning skills to engage with our visitors. Museum Guides will undergo continuous training on storytelling, museum best practices, and more.

We recruit two classes of incoming volunteers per year, the first in Spring and the second in the Fall. Below are our upcoming application due dates for the next class of Museum Guides:

  • Fall 2022: Applications due November 1, 2022.
  • Spring 2023: To Be Announced

Program Facilitators

Volunteer Facilitators will lead the museum’s Activity Cart program which is designed to offer additional educational engagement to general admission audiences on the exhibit floor. Facilitators will lead a series of activities and demonstrations created to deepen the visitor’s understanding of various aspects of law enforcement and forensic science already discussed in museum exhibitions.
Commitment:

Volunteers must be able to commit to at least one year of service to the museum And regularly assist with Activity Carts on general admission days.

Training:
All Program Facilitators will receive a package of activity plans designed for the Museum’s Activity Cart. These activity plans will be used during their participation in a mandatory, hands-on training process. During training, the volunteers will work directly with the Museum’s education team to gain comfort with activity materials, education procedures and policies, and interacting with visitors.

We recruit two classes of incoming volunteers per year, the first in Spring and the second in the Fall. Below are our upcoming application due dates for the next class of Museum Guides:

  • Fall 2022: Applications due November 1, 2022.
  • Spring 2023: To Be Announced

Visitor Experience Volunteers

Visitor Experience Volunteers welcome and assist visitors on the exhibit floor during general admission days. These volunteers are essential to daily operations at the Museum, as they regularly interact with visitors. Visitor Experience Volunteers are experts on what the Museum has to offer and are up to date on exhibitions and programming.
Commitment:
Volunteers must be able to commit to at least one year of service to the museum. Visitor Experience Volunteers are expected to contribute regularly during general admission days.
Training:
There is one required training Visitor Experience Volunteers must attend. During training, volunteers are introduced to the Museum’s collection, policies, and staff structure while also learning skills to engage with our visitors. Volunteers will undergo continuous training on museum best practices, and more.

We recruit two classes of incoming volunteers per year, the first in Spring and the second in the Fall. Below are our upcoming application due dates for the next class of Visitor Experience Volunteers:

  • Fall 2022: Applications due November 1, 2022.
  • Spring 2023: To Be Announced

Event Volunteers

Event Volunteers assist with annual events organized on behalf of the Museum, including National Police Week and the Run for the Badge 5K, as well as other special events held throughout the year. Responsibilities may include visitor check-ins, ticket and retail sales, event set up and clean up. We welcome applications for these volunteer opportunities on a rolling basis.

Volunteer Signup Form

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please complete the application below. Make sure to click the submit button at the bottom of the form when you are completed. If you have any questions throughout this process, please send an email to: volunteer@nleomf.org
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Our Manager of Volunteer Services will contact you upon review of your application. We thank you for your interest and patience.