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



Volunteer Opportunities

The NRHC hosts several events throughout the year which we invite volunteers to participate. There are also opportunities for volunteers to help with guided tours, educational programs and more. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out our application (link) and send to, fax to 806-742-0616 or mail to NRHC, Attention Julie Hodges, BOX 43200, Lubbock, TX 79409. *Volunteers must be 18 or accompanied by an adult.

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 assist with education programs and special projects at the NRHC. They help bring the NRHC to life by enhancing learning opportunities available to visitors who come from throughout the United States and many foreign countries. Ranch Host may serve as building docents, and participants in living history and educational programs, special events and projects, or in other volunteer capacities. Membership is open to persons who volunteer their services, complete required training programs and are certified by the NRHC staff to carry out specific functions. Two regular membership meetings are held each year, one in the spring (mandatory for new Ranch Hosts) and one in the fall, as well as training classes and additional meetings and field trips arranged by the Ranch Hosts board of directors. To become a Ranch Host, please fill out our application. You will be contacted by a member of the Ranch Host board once the application is processed. *Volunteers must be 18 or accompanied by an adult.


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
Tel: (806) 742-0498
Fax: (806) 742-0616