Volunteers have been the primary support system for the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center since its establishment in 1985.  Strong volunteer partnerships are essential for the Museum to succeed. This section provides a general overview of a few of the many volunteering opportunities available here at the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center:

Volunteer Positions:

Front Desk Host

We have many more positions available. See the Museum Volunteer application for a complete listing.

Volunteer Qualifications:

Volunteers must possess interest in and enthusiasm for sharing regional history, culture and arts, and a strong commitment to supporting the mission of the Museum. On-site training is provided.

For more information, please call at (775) 355 1144 or  email info@SparksMuseum.org

Job Descriptions

Front Desk Host

This trained volunteer greets and interacts with Museum visitors, handles money, and processes Museum store daily sales. Lobby Hosts may also be called upon to help the Museum staff with daily office duties. There are always two hosts on duty at a time.


We work with you to find time slots that suit your schedule.  Shifts are:

  • Tuesday through Friday – 11:00 am – 1:30 pm OR 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday  – 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Special events as needed

Desired Job Skills:

  • Ability to greet and welcome Museum visitors in a professional and friendly manner
  • Ability to answer general questions about the Museum, the Sparks and Truckee Meadows area, and/or provide tourist information brochures to visitors
  • Ability to interact positively and clearly with Museum visitors
  • Ability to use a cash register, handle money and receipts. (half-day training provided)
  • Ability to answer the telephone in a professional manner

Job Duties:

  • Collect Museum admission fees
  • Actively assist Museum visitors in a friendly manner
  • Remain current with Museum membership benefits, exhibits, and upcoming programs.
  • Track and record visitors each day
  • Record Museum store sales receipts, input purchase into cash register, and make correct change
  • Maintain a working knowledge of Museum store merchandise.
  • Assist Museum receptionist with various office duties
  • Attend training and workshops as scheduled

Job Training:

Front Desk Hosts are required to attend an initial half-day training to learn Museum history, policies and procedures. Front Desk Hosts will also learn specific skills pertaining to the cash register, recording sales, and answering the telephone.