• Research Library • Historical Preservation • Visitor Information
Location: The Women In Military Service For America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. The Memorial is Metro Accessible on the Blue Line. Parking passes are available for volunteers.
Purpose of the Position: The Women’s Military Memorial is a living memorial, and at its heart is the Register. The Register is database storing all the stories or servicewomen who decided to preserve their part of history here with us. Any women, of any rank, in any branch, who served her country deserves her spot in our nation’s history, and their stories can all be saved with WIMSA in our Register. Currently, over 250,000 women are registered with WIMSA, which is around 10% of the women who have served in our nation’s history.
Each servicewoman submits their information either online, at the Memorial, or through the mail, and our Register Department at Foundation inputs that information into our database. The profiles of each woman are searchable for display at the memorial and can also be purchased for either a $10 printout or a $25 Deluxe Registration book (these prices do not reflect tax).
Your primary roles as a Register Assistant is to inform the public about our database, guide servicewomen or their supporters to register, and help visitors view and purchase the profiles of servicewomen.
Responsibilities and Duties:
Operate the Registration center, computers, and database
Assist visitors to register a servicewoman
Sell the registration printouts and books
Distribute printed information
Encourage the registration of servicewomen
Answer and discuss questions about the history of the Register, the Memorial, and the history of women’s service with visitors
Ability to work and learn the database system and Register computers
Ability to work the sales of Registrations
Communication skills—volunteers will work with visitors in groups and one-on-one
Willingness to learn and speak to groups about the history of women in the military
Ability to work with a team to provide visitors the best experience
Ability to get to and from the Memorial
Volunteer Benefits and Rewards
Part of a community working to educate the public on the stories of women in the military
Permanent Volunteer name tag
Enrichment Activities, where Volunteers learn more about women in the military and how to best help visitors learn our story.
Monthly meeting with Volunteer Coordinator to foster a cohesive team and have recognition for volunteer ideas and issues
Yearly meeting with the President to go over the past year and the Memorial’s future.
Invitation for Active Volunteers (those contributing 8hr/month on average) and their guest to a yearly Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Banquet
Time Commitment: Volunteers are expected to work a minimum of 16 hours a month in four 4-hour shifts during operation hours (8:00am - 5:00pm). It is preferred these four shifts are spaced out throughout the month—one shift a week. Some events may occur after hours, and a volunteer may be asked to help with shifts for these occasions.
Training: Our volunteers will be given extensive training to ensure they are comfortable with their tasks and are able to learn and improve. Registration Assistant Volunteers will attend an initial orientation, a 2-hour training session, and a shift shadowing a Registration Assistant. Since this volunteer position requires working in sales and transactions, a background check will be necessary.