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: There are several opportunities for Tour Guides at Sloss Furnaces. We offer many tours for school and adult groups all year long, primarily during the week. We also do guided tours on the weekends which are open to the public. The largest need for Tour Guides is on Wednesday mornings during the school year. On these days we host schools to do an iron pour experience. Tour Guides gain experience in museum work, education, and public speaking, among other valuable skills.

The 2017 Fall Volunteer Tour Guide Training Day will be Saturday, August 26 from 10:00am – 1:00pm in the Visitor Center. To register for this free training day, please contact our Education Coordinator below. Lunch will be provided.

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


Front Desk Volunteer: This opportunity is only on the weekends. We need volunteers to greet visitors as they come in, explain the various options we offer to visitors, start the short film whenever they would like to watch it, and occasionally answer the phone. Front Desk volunteers gain experience working with the public, museum work, and secretarial work, among other valuable skills. This position is fun because you meet people from all over the world!

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 Volunteer: 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 Volunteer: 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.