Volunteers are essential to the quality of service provided to visitors of Dakota City. Volunteers represent a broad spectrum of society in terms of work experience, age, education, and ability. All volunteer work assigned is important; every effort is made to coordinate volunteer skills and interests with needs of Dakota City. These volunteers come from many backgrounds with many diverse talents, and currently work with paid staff throughout the organization on projects of varying degrees of complexity, from those requiring simple skills to the very specialized.
• Costumed Interpreters – guide tours, play part of town citizen, host a building, or give demonstrations including: blacksmithing, carpentry, printing, cooking, baking, sewing, needlework, laundry, and churning butter. Costumes and required training provided by Dakota City.
• One Room School Teachers - Lead 1900s school for elementary aged groups during spring and fall programs. Need not be a certified teacher. Costumes and required training provided by Dakota City.
• Singers – using period music, also barbershop quartets, vaudeville acts
• Dancers – such as polkas and waltzes
• Dakota City Players – Dakota City Heritage Village volunteers to perform 1st and 3rd person scenarios to entertain and educate visitors including: weddings, funerals, trials, public speaking, and gunfights.
• Seamstress/Clothing Committee – sew, mend/repair clothing for volunteers to wear in the village.
• Collections and Exhibits – catalog books, photos, clothing, furniture and other artifacts. Develop, research, and fabricate exhibits.
• Concessions/Food Services/Gift Shop – prepare food and drink, greet and serve customers, handle food sales and keep the café clean. Sites include: Dakota City Café, Drugstore, lemonade cart, corn stand, and Dakota City Big Top Tent.
• Office Volunteers – assist as receptionist; answer the telephone; prepare mailings; type; file; run copies, collate, and fasten booklets, newsletters, and brochures.
• Maintenance Volunteers – groundskeeper, paint, garden, carpentry, repair items, clean, and other general maintenance duties.
• Special Event Support – preparation and set up, lot attendants, admission gate, drive tractors and/or guide trolleys, tend wood stoves, run errands, check on volunteers in buildings, shovel walkways
• Machinery Committee – work on antique tractors used in parades.
Anyone interested in volunteering should contact the office: