Be the Steam in our Engines!

The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum is looking for volunteers! Located inside an architectural wonder, alongside the beautiful Chestnut Hill Reservoir, easily accessible by public transportation, the museum is a great place to work. Our volunteers play an essential role in explaining the history of how Boston developed one of the country’s first municipal water systems. Under enormous 19th century steam-powered pumps, they regale visitors with stories about Boston’s Golden Age, pioneering Public Health efforts and amazing feats of engineering. Join our enthusiastic team of all ages and interests as we underscore the importance of water as a treasured resource! Stop into the Museum for an Open House on March 5 at 11am for the first presentation in this season’s volunteer enrichment series: “Sex, Crimes, and Trophy Taking: The Gilded Age at the Metropolitan Waterworks.” We will have a light brunch and an opportunity to meet volunteers and staff and get acquainted with the story of the Waterworks Museum.

Volunteer at the Waterworks!

Volunteers are a big part of the success of the Waterworks Museum. Through the efforts of our extraordinary volunteers, the museum is able to provide many quality programs and events throughout the year. From school groups to special tours, our volunteers bring the Waterworks to life for more than 10,000 visitors annually.

Volunteers are welcomed to the Museum, trained in our unique story and engagements, and supported through ongoing enrichments. We ask for two 2.5-hour shifts per month (minimum), and we are looking for individuals with a wide range of interests, including engineering, architecture, environmental and water science, public health, formal and informal education, archival and collections management, museum administration, history, and other fields. Opportunities to teach, work with museum staff, and facilitate the domestic and international travelers or groups who come to Boston are all part of the fun.

How Can You Help?

Do good and have fun at the same time – unbeatable! Waterworks Museum volunteers give their time and talents to support the following activities:

Facilitating tours in the Great Engines Hall

Acting as Visitor Services representatives in the Reception Area

Supporting museum programming and special events

Introducing the birthplace of Boston water technology to thousands of visitors

Benefits of Volunteering at the Waterworks Museum

As a regular volunteer, you’ll enjoy:

Invitations to special programs and lectures

Museum parking pass

Special get-togethers

Special discounts

Become a Volunteer Today!

There is no need to be a water engineering specialist! The Waterworks also interprets Boston history, public health, architectural and landscape history, and water science. We welcome volunteers with a range of interests from many professional backgrounds. You can help our organization grow!

For more information about volunteering at the Waterworks Museum, please email Amanda Fisher or call 617-277-0065. Please fill out this Google form so we can learn more about you!

Or, you can download and send the completed Volunteer Application Form to:

Waterworks Museum
Attn: Amanda Fisher
Director of Events
2450 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02467

Thank you for your support of the Waterworks Museum. We look forward to meeting you!