Volunteer Program

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As a Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark volunteer, you’re investing in the future of Sloss, Birmingham, and our entire community. Volunteers are vital in helping educate visitors about the history of our city, and enriching their experiences while in Birmingham. We offer flexible volunteer schedules, training, and many other great benefits. Even if you’re short on time, you can still get involved in a meaningful way!

Volunteer Tour Guide: Tour Guides are the interpreters of the site. While the form and style of the interpretation may vary among Tour Guides, the content is based on the guidelines given in the annual Sloss Summer Series, a tour guide training session. Tour Guides will lead tours for a variety of groups from different ages and backgrounds.  Tour Guides can work with school groups, public programs, adult tours and special events. Weekday and weekend Tour Guide positions are open.

For school groups, our large tour days are typically Tuesday through Friday mornings during the spring and fall months.  These tours consist of elementary, middle, and high school students.  Some tours include an iron pour. Iron pour tours typically happen on Wednesday mornings. Tour Guides will be trained in their role with iron pours and given the details of what the artists are doing during the pour.

For more information, contact Ty Malugani, Education Coordinator, at tyler.malugani@birminghamal.gov or (205) 254-2254.

Event Volunteer:  Event Volunteers help with special events held at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark.  Events happen throughout the week and weekends and could take place during the day or evening hours. Event Volunteers help with the event set-up, work during the event, and help with the break-down/clean-up after the event is over.

For more information, contact Scottie McClaney, Events Director, at scottie@slossfurnaces.com or (205) 254-2031.

Curatorial Volunteer: Curatorial Volunteers assist the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark Curator/Historian with basic research and writing tasks. Curatorial Volunteers may be asked to conduct research of the Sloss Furnace archives which are held at the Linn-Henley Research Center. Curatorial Volunteers may also be asked to transcribe oral histories as well.

For more information, contact Karen Utz, Curator/Historian, at karen.utz@birminghamal.gov or (205) 254-2281.

Site & Preservation Volunteers: Site & Preservation Volunteers should have a continued interest in the site. These volunteers will help us keep the site in good working condition and looking nice. They may help on clean up days or help the maintenance crew with general tasks such as painting or minor repairs. Volunteers may also help with clerical and office tasks as well. Site & Preservation Volunteers may volunteer individually or as an organized outside group.

For more information, contact Karen Utz, Curator/Historian, at karen.utz@birminghamal.gov or (205) 254-2281.

Metal Arts Volunteers: Metal Arts Volunteers should be interested in Sloss Furnaces Metal Arts Program. These volunteers will assist the Metal Art Curator with various tasks and events or will be in the foundry helping the metal artists make molds or assist with iron pours (including grinding and welding). These volunteers should be 18 years or older and be able to lift at least 50 pounds.  Working in the foundry is not for the faint at heart, so participants should know that they will be doing physical labor and be around very hot and dusty conditions. Experience is not necessary. The Metal Arts department will hold scheduled training days.

For more information, contact Marshall Christie, Metal Arts Director, at marshall@slossfurnaces.com or (205) 254-2264.