Volunteer

Looking for a unique volunteer opportunity?

Volunteers of all ages are an integral and valued part of the Museum of Health Care. Through their involvement and enthusiasm, we are able to increase our capacity and effectiveness as an organization, enhance our programs, and provide our visitors with a great experience. In return, our volunteers enjoy many benefits, are part of a unique team, and know that they are making a difference.

The Museum is recruiting for the following volunteer positions:

Gallery Attendant

Do you enjoy interacting with new people and learning about history?

  • Welcome and orient visitors to the Museum and National Historic Site
  • Record levels of gallery attendance and monitor the galleries
  • Answer visitor questions about Museum exhibits and the Ann Baillie Building National Historic Site
  • Engage in continuous learning about health care history and museum interpretation
  • Assist with other Museum programs and special projects as time permits

Time commitment:   4+ hours per month

English-to-French Translator

Would you like to help the Museum reach a wider audience?

Translate exhibition, communications, and/or education programs text at the Museum or at home. Current short-term projects include an education program for elementary students, as well as Teacher Kits.

Time commitment:   4+ hours per month

Museum Docent

Do you have a passion for history & science? Are you an enthusiastic person who loves teaching and working with children?

  • Deliver hands-on, curriculum-linked in-museum education programs during school, family, and other large group visits, including some set-up and clean-up and/or conduct guided tours in an engaging manner
  • Participate in introductory training (includes study of interpretive program delivery materials and observing fellow docents to gain knowledge and skills in leading groups)
  • Report program feedback and identify potential program improvements
  • Answer visitor questions about Museum exhibits, and the Ann Baillie Building National Historic Site
  • Engage in continuous learning about healthcare history and museum interpretation

 

Currently, French-speaking docents and mature docents are in particularly high demand.

Time commitment: Docents are added to an on-call contact list and notified as school/family program bookings are received. A schedule will be worked out at the mutual convenience of the Docent and Museum staff (docents are not expected to volunteer for every program booking received). A commitment to volunteering for a period of at least six months is required.

Office Support Volunteer

Would you like to be a part of our administrative team?

  • Program and event promotion on-line
  • Paperwork and filing tasks
  • Data entry
  • Stuffing envelopes and help with mailouts
  • Assist with other Museum programs and special projects as time permits

Time commitment:   2+ hours per month

Special Events Assistant

 Do you enjoy interacting with the public and helping to make events successful?

  • Distribute posters, brochures
  • Assist with the set-up, running, and clean-up of events. This could include preparation of refreshments, set-up of tables, chairs, etc., and welcoming guests.
  • Assist with public relations and promotions planning for museum events

Time commitment:   2 - 12 hrs per month

 

The Benefits of Volunteering for the Museum of Health Care

  • The chance to share existing skills and develop new ones
  • Lifelong learning opportunities
  • Access to free tea / coffee and treats (when available) while working at the Museum
  • Invitations to exhibition openings, social gatherings and special events
  • Email updates and the bi-annual museum newsletter, “The Bailliewick”
  • Invitations to special volunteer recognition events, including the annual Volunteer Week event
  • Use of reference library (when available)
  • A letter of reference (after 4-6 months regular service)

And…

  • An opportunity to work with enthusiastic, knowledgeable & appreciative staff members who value the work of volunteers!

 

Volunteer Application Procedure

Please submit a resume and cover letter (including schedule of availability) via e-mail to [email protected] or mail it to the following address:

Museum of Health Care at Kingston, Ann Baillie Building National Historic Site
32 George Street, Kingston, ON, K7L 2V7

 

For more information:

Please contact Jenny Stepa, Museum Manager & Program Director, at (613) 548-2419, or by e-mail