Commit to the Rails

Help Preserve the Legacy

The Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum works to build and train a team of enthusiastic and committed volunteers. Volunteers should be passionate about the history of American railroading and/or the physical science behind the operation of steam locomotives. We’re looking for community-oriented volunteers with a lifelong love for learning who will be comfortable engaging the public by either leading or assisting tour groups, working in our restoration shop, and more. Do you love steam locomotive history? Then the Roundhouse would be a great place for you to become a volunteer and share your knowledge, your experience, your enthusiasm for the Golden Age of Railroads.

Become a Volunteer

If you are interested in joining the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum volunteer team download our Volunteer Application below and email it to info@ageofsteamroundhouse.org or drop it off at the Roundhouse offices.

Thank you very much for your interest in the Age of Steam Roundhouse. We hope to hear from you soon!

Become a Member

Supporting the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum has never been easier! In addition to contributing to our ongoing mission to preserve railroad history; members will receive exclusive discounts on tickets and merchandise from our gift shop (in person and online), and exclusive access to our quarterly newsletter.

Caboose
Club

$25/Year

  • Exclusive Quarterly Newsletter
  • Choice of 2025 Calendar or Christmas Ornament (Engine 2630)
  • 10% gift shop discount for entire family
  • One free admission for Santa Comes to the Roundhouse

Individual aged 12 and Under

Roundhouse Regular

$50/Year

  • Exclusive Quarterly Newsletter
  • Choice of 2025 Calendar or Christmas Ornament
    (Engine 2630)
  • 10% gift shop discount for member
  • One Free admission for a Regular tour or Steam to Victory

The Family Flyer

$80/Year

  • Exclusive Quarterly Newsletter
  • Choice of 2025 Calendar or Christmas Ornament
    (Engine 2630)
  • 10% gift shop discount for entire family
  • One ticket for up to 4 admissions to any 2024 Family or Regular Tour

These are the 2024 benefits.  Yearly memberships expire on December 31st.

Support the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum

The Jerry and Laura Jacobson Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, private foundation that funds the operations of the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum. Your donations help fund the Museum’s mission to preserve, protect and present railroad heritage and its artifacts. Our unique collection helps to educate the public of the past, present, and future of railroading and the importance it has, and continues, to play.

See all the different ways you can support!

General
Donation

Unrestricted donations allow us to apply your generous donation to the area of greatest need. Clicking the ‘Donate’ button will take you to our secure donations page.

Boiler
(Endowment)

The boiler and firebox together form the heart of the locomotive by creating energy in the form of steam. Endowment donations form the heart of the Museum’s funding by giving it sustainability for the future. Clicking the ‘Donate’ button will take you to our secure donations page.

Running Gear (Restoration)

The running gear converts energy from the boiler into mechanical motion giving the locomotive the ability to perform heavy work. Restoration donations give motion to current and future restoration projects, helping the Museum to achieve an important part of its mission. Clicking the ‘Donate’ button will take you to our secure donations page.

Tender (Operations)

The tender may seem unremarkable at first glance, but its role is vital, supplying the fuel and water needed by the locomotive. Operational donations supply funding to the Museum for areas of greatest need. Clicking the ‘Donate’ button will take you to our secure donations page.

Train Crew (Education)

Sharing the art, science and history of steam railroading with the public is a core mission of the Museum. Donations support our ongoing programs and assist with the funding of new educational initiatives. 

Employment Opportunities

Museum Assistant/Site Interpreter (Part Time)

As a Site Interpreter you will be responsible for leading and delivering 1-2 hour long guided walking tour of the Age of Steam Roundhouse, museum exhibits, and restoration shop. Successful candidates should expect to participate in training to include customer service, basic principles of interpretation, and aspects of the history and physical science of steam railroading. Interpreters will work closely with staff, volunteers, and interns as they deliver enjoyable and thought-provoking programs on the history and physical science of steam railroading. An Interpreter may also support education, programming, and special events by assisting with other tasks as assigned.

Applications can Be Mailed to:

Age of Steam Roundhouse
213 Smokey Lane Rd SW
Sugarcreek, Ohio 44681

Or Emailed to:
info@ageofsteamroundhouse.org

No Phone Calls Please

Internship Opportunities

At the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum self-motivated and enthusiastic undergraduate and graduate students can gain hands on experience by helping with a wide range of duties. Interns interested in public history, steam railroading, or physical science can build a custom experience and take advantage of opportunities to participate in all facets of the Age of Steam Roundhouse Museum as a museum and public history site.

Interns will have opportunities to work in our restoration shop, develop and deliver interpretive programs for guided tours, gain experience with visitor services, and work with our administrative team to gain a better understanding of how public history sites operate.

Students interested in pursuing summer internships (May-August) should submit resume, cover letter, and references to info@ageofsteamroundhouse.org 

We will begin accepting applications in the fall of each year for the following summer.

Museum Assistant/Site Interpreter (Part Time)

As a Site Interpreter you will be responsible for leading and delivering 1-2 hour long guided walking tour of the Age of Steam Roundhouse, museum exhibits, and restoration shop. Successful candidates should expect to participate in training to include customer service, basic principles of interpretation, and aspects of the history and physical science of steam railroading. Interpreters will work closely with staff, volunteers, and interns as they deliver enjoyable and thought-provoking programs on the history and physical science of steam railroading. An Interpreter may also support education, programming, and special events by assisting with other tasks as assigned.

Primary Duties Include:

  • Welcoming visitors as they arrive to the visitor center and museum and engaging them in conversation to pique their interest.
  • Accompany visitor tour groups to keep them together and ensure their safety throughout guided walking tours of the roundhouse and facilities.
  • Practice situational awareness. Inform visitors of safety standards and keep them aware of their surroundings and alert to potential hazards.
  • Participate in training sessions to learn the basics of interpretation and museum safety.
  • Become familiar with the collections, facilities, exhibits, and best practices of the museum.
  • Learn about our collection of antique steam locomotives and their significance to history and physical science.
  • Lead interpretive tours and programs of the roundhouse collection and facilities.
  • Respond to visitors’ questions, by providing accurate answers and feedback.
  • Assist with opening and closing the roundhouse and facilities.
  • Assist with public programming and special events.
  • Assist with duties as required in the off-season which may include but are not limited to: Filing, outreach programs, off-season events, etc.

Desired Qualities:

  • Interest in American History, Physical Science, Steam Railroading, and/or Public History.
  • Excellent public speaking skills and/or prior presentation experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Organized and works well with others.
  • Commitment to deliver excellent customer service.
  • Ability to work with large groups independently and professionally.
  • Ability to adjust to changing situationsAbility to commit to a flexible work schedule, including nights and weekends (Friday & Saturday only. Closed on Sunday).
  • Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license. Must pass a background check.
  • Ability to lift and carry 25+ lbs. and stand on feet for extended periods.

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $15.50 per hour