Julie Hodges
Helen DeVitt Jones Endowed Manager of Education
(806) 834-0083



Volunteer Opportunities

Annual Events: The NRHC hosts three major annual events which we invite volunteers to participate in.

Ranch Day: Volunteers may interpret the structures, assist with activities, such as the Ranch Hand Experience and the Stick Horse Rodeo, greet visitors at the door, assist with lemonade sales or participate in period demonstrations.

 Candlelight at the Ranch: Volunteers at this event can interpret one of the historic structures, assist with letters to Santa, sell cider and hot chocolate,  greet visitors at the door or help guide visitors along the trail.

Summer Youth Classes: Every year the NRHC holds summer classes for children in grades K-5. Volunteers at this event assist the teachers with preparation for class, clean up activities and lessons as well as assist with registration and snack.

Departmental: The NRHC accepts volunteers who wish to help with a specific department. Possible jobs include

Assisting the Education staff in development and delivery of programming.

Assisting the Curatorial staff in cataloguing artifacts and books.

Assisting with mailings and other general office needs.

Community Programs: The NRHC participates in a number of community programs each year including the Lubbock Arts Festival and the National Cowboy Symposium. Volunteers are needed to help promote the Center and its activities at these programs.

Children’s programming: The NRHC hosts several children’s programs a year including quarterly corrals for the Junior Rough Riders, our children’s membership group.  Volunteers help us to prepare and guide the children through fun and exciting learning activities.

Ranch Hosts: Ranch Hosts help us bring the NRHC to life by allowing visitor to see what life would have been like for the people of the past. Members of this organization are dedicated volunteers who share their love and knowledge of  history through period interpretation and demonstration. In addition to helping fill the opportunities above, Ranch Hosts may assist with outreach programs, tours and special requests. To learn more about the Ranch Hosts, click here.

Miscellaneous: There are many various volunteer opportunities at the NRHC! Contact us to find out how you can be involved.


Benefits of Volunteering at the NRHC
  • Access to behind-the-scenes areas of the NRHC

  • Monthly Volunteer newsletter

  • Access to special lectures and training

  • Ranch record, quarterly publication of the RHA

  • Discount at Cogdell's General Store

  • A chance to share your knowledge and skills with others



Read the NRHC Volunteer Policy

Apply to be an NRHC Volunteer Today!

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3121 Fourth Street, Lubbock, Texas 79409
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