The Ellwood House Museum relies on a strong team of board members, staff, interns, and dedicated volunteers. If you would like to join our team, please see below for current opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities

Ellwood House Museum needs your help! Volunteers are an essential part of our team. With your skills, knowledge, and passion we are able to share the exciting history of DeKalb with our visitors. 

Photo courtesy of Shaw Media 

Photo courtesy of Shaw Media 

Tour Guides

The Ellwood House Museum tour guides conduct one-hour long tours of the Ellwood Mansion and Ellwood-Nehring House for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. This unique opportunity gives volunteers a chance to interact with the public, share DeKalb's rich history, and become an integral part of the museum. Tour guide training is offered twice a year, in March and in July.

Summer training will be offered July 5, July 7, July 12, July 14, and July 19. All sessions begin at 4:00 PM at the Ellwood Museum Visitor Center. Volunteers are required to attend a minimum of three training sessions, but are encouraged to attend all five. Training is free of charge. Registration is required. No previous experience in museums or public speaking is necessary.

For more information, please contact Tricia Runzel at (815) 756-4609 or at

Other Volunteer Opportunities

The Ellwood House Museum offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. If giving tours is not for you, please consider volunteering in one of the other capacities listed below. The following opportunities can begin at any time during the museum's tour season.

Field Trips

Assist with education programs

Visitor Center

Greet visitors, act as cashier



Help take care of the unique treasures kept at the museum

Special Events

Provide support during our special events, including Holiday Open House and Ice Cream Social


If you are interested, complete the volunteer application below and we’ll get back to you to set up a time to meet.

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For more information, contact Tricia Runzel, Curator of Education and Interpretation, at or call 815-756-4609


Selenia Rolfe Towle Teague Education Intern
The goal of the education internship is to assist in the creation and execution of the museum's educational programming. The education intern will work closely with museum staff to deliver guided tours, youth and adult programming, and more. 

Application Deadline: April 15

The Selenia Rolfe Towle Teague Internship runs from May to August. Internship includes a $500.00 stipend. Housing may be available.

Tour Guide/Museum Operations Intern
The goal of the tour guide/museum operations internship is to assist during the museum's tour season by delivering one-hour guided tours of the Ellwood Mansion and Ellwood-Nehring House, as well as supporting museum operations in the Visitor Center.

Application Deadline: April 15

The Tour Guide/Museum Operations Internship runs from May to Sept.
Internship includes a $500.00 stipend.


Jerry & Annette Johns Collections Intern
The goal of the collections internship is to gain hands-on experience in the care, cataloging, and storage of museum artifacts. Working with museum staff, the Collections Intern will participate in the care of the museum's historic structures and collection of over 6,000 objects.

Application Deadline: July 15

The Jerry & Annette Johns Internship runs from August to December. Internship includes a $500.00 stipend.