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Become a Volunteer

The Far West Heritage Association is a vital organization that invites all individuals interested in immersing themselves in any and all aspects of museum functions to join us! Individuals can select the level and frequency of their volunteer hours. Volunteers help to improve and streamline volunteer recruitment and training, and coordinate volunteer celebrations.

Without our volunteers we would not be able to keep our museums open and operating. There are opportunities to accommodate all ages, interests and schedules.

If you have design or organization skills or just a great smile, we would love to have your participation.

Event Volunteers

During events, we always need help with making the day successful. Depending on the event, activities can include set up, transporting equipment, staffing tables, monitoring parking and clean up. Without extra help, we cannot do the work we do! Specific volunteer needs can be identified by contacting either museum.


The Far West Heritage Association also offers internships to Chico State and Butte College students each semester. We are open to almost any type of internship. Interning at the Chico Museum or with the Patrick Ranch Museum grounds and collection can be an amazing opportunity for anyone who wants to work with the public, explore cultural resource management or communicate local history and culture to our community.

More information about the Volunteer opportunities are available at the following links:
Chico Museum, Patrick Ranch Museum

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    Whether supported through an outright gift or planned gift, FWHA’s programs are made possible through the generosity of our donors.