Explore Buffalo is an organization driven by its volunteers, who lead our tours, organize our events, and do myriad other necessary tasks large and small.

Volunteering for Explore Buffalo is fun! It’s a rewarding experience for volunteers, and everyone enjoys working with one another to bring Buffalo’s stories to life.

Due to COVID-19, all new volunteer training programs are currently suspended. To learn more about our various volunteer opportunities, please read the pages below. If you are interested in becoming an Explore Buffalo volunteer in the future, please submit the appropriate registration form, and we will contact you when we are able to resume our volunteer training programs. 

Volunteer Orientation: 

Our Volunteer Orientation is a 90-minute session that is an introduction to Explore Buffalo and volunteering with our organization.

Learn more about Volunteer Orientation.

Tour Assistant Training: 

Tour Assistants support Explore Buffalo’s tours by assisting with administrative tour tasks and group management. Our three-part Tour Assistant Training classes provide an in-depth training on the responsibilities and procedures of a Tour Assistant.

Learn more about Tour Assistant Training.

New Docent Training:

Explore Buffalo has three annual New Docent Training classes, in winter, spring, and fall. No prior docent experience or knowledge of Buffalo history or architecture is required – we will provide a thorough training in Buffalo history, architectural styles, and presentation skills.

Click here to learn more about Docent Training and fill out an application.

School Docent Training:

Explore Buffalo’s School Docents lead tours for thousands of K-12 students each year. Our School Docent Training class in the spring teaches new docents to give our K-12 School Tours. 

Click here to learn more about School Docent Training and fill out an application. 

College Internship Program: 

Explore Buffalo is looking for enthusiastic college interns for spring, summer, and year-long internship positions! This internship program is a great match for college students studying architecture, history, Art History, marketing, English, communications, education, and other fields.

Learn more about our College Internship Program.