Volunteer

VMA volunteers

VOLUNTEER
Join a friendly and diverse team of 20+ volunteers, who dedicate over 3,000 combined hours of service each year. Volunteer opportunities fall under four categories: administrative, education, collections, and special events. The skills, interests, and abilities of volunteers are matched with opportunities available at the museum year-round.


Administrative

Front desk receptionist
Activity: greets visitors; phone reception; checks email; gift shop sales; ensures exhibits are functioning; assists visitors with filling out information requests and image order forms; provides clerical assistance to staff when requested
Training: completion of volunteer training program; knowledge of Word, Excel, PastPerfect
Commitment: at least one 4 hour shift per week

Bookkeeper
Activity: completes bookkeeping tasks related to money generated from donations and gift shop sales
Training: completion of volunteer training program; knowledge of Excel, PastPerfect
Commitment: hours as needed once a week

 

Education
Education Docent
Activity: offers tours of Triangle Inn building, current and permanent exhibits
Training: completion of volunteer training program; higher level study of area history and specialized training in current methods of museum education and interpretation with the Volunteer Coordinator and Curator; two observations of experienced docent tours; two successful practice tours by Volunteer Coordinator; knowledge of PastPerfect
Commitment: at least one 4 hour shift per week

Education Outreach Volunteer
Activity: assists Education Coordinator with offsite programs at schools and organizations
Training: completion of volunteer training program; knowledge of PastPerfect
Commitment: as needed for year-round programs


Collections (Curatorial Department)

Collections Volunteer
Activity: assists the Curator with collections-related tasks such as object photography, scanning, inventorying, and cataloging in PastPerfect; assists with filing of paper records for donations
Training: completion of volunteer training program; specialized training in the proper care and handling of collections; specialized knowledge of cataloging in PastPerfect
Commitment: at least one 4 hour shift per week

Research Volunteer
Activity: assists the Curator with information requests submitted by the public by researching the museum’s collection for information sources
Training: completion of volunteer training program; specialized training session with Curator focusing on research techniques, use of the VMA collection, and use of PastPerfect software program for searches
Commitment: at least one 4 hour shift per week during season; as needed during off season

Image Request Volunteer
Activity: assists the Curator by tracking and completing image requests by the public; includes digital enhancement of photos, photo printing, CD burning, and/or emailing of photos to requester
Training: completion of volunteer training program; knowledge of PastPerfect, Photoshop
Commitment: as needed (typically a four hour shift twice a month)


Special Events

Event facilitator
Activity: facilitates staff in coordination of events including the procurement of food, beverages, serving supplies; manages event volunteers; coordinates event set up, implementation and clean up; writes and sends thank you notes to all sponsors and participating event volunteers
Training: orientation to museum
Commitment: as needed (typically 4-5 times per year for ½ day)

Event volunteer
Activity: assists with onsite event set up, implementation, and clean up; represents the VMA at festivals, fairs and other offsite events and is knowledgeable in VMA programs and museum in general; includes the set up and take down of booth and materials
Training: completion of volunteer training program
Commitment: as needed (typically 4-5 times per year for ½ day)