Volunteer

Looking for a unique volunteer opportunity?

Volunteers of all ages are an integral and valuedpart 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? We recruit gallery attendants to look after our nine onsite galleries and help visitors. Duties:

  • 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
  • Monitor public spaces and communicate any areas of concern to manager
  • Engage in continuous learning about healthcare history and museum interpretation
  • Assist with other Museum programs and special projects as time permits

 

Reports to: Museum Manager

Time commitment: At least 4 hours per month. Regular schedule.

 

English-to-French Translator

Would you like to help the Museum reach a wider audience? We are seeking volunteers with excellent French language skills to translate exhibit, program, and communications content. Work can be completed at the Museum or remotely.

Reports to: Museum Manager

Time commitment: At least 4 hours per month. Flexible schedule.

 

Museum Docent

Do you have a passion for history & science?Are you an enthusiastic person who loves teaching and working with children? We recruit docents to present tours and programs to the public. Duties:

  • Deliver hands-on, curriculum-linked in-museum education programs to a variety of ages 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

 

Reports to: Museum Manager

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? We recruit office support volunteers to assist with a variety of administrative tasks. Example duties include: 

  • 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

 

Reports to: Communications and Finance Coordinator

Time commitment: At least 2 hours per month. Regular schedule. 

 

Special Events Assistant

Do you enjoy interacting with the public and helping to make events successful? We are seeking special events assistants to help promote and facilitate special events. Duties include:

  • 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 relationsand promotions planning for museum events

 

Reports to: Communications and Finance Coordinator

Time commitment: 2 - 12 hrs per month. Flexible schedule.

 

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 (opt-in)
  • Email updates and the bi-annual museum newsletter (opt-in)
  • Invitations to special volunteer recognition events, including the annual volunteer appreciation event
  • Use of reference library (when available)
  • A letter of reference (after 4-6 months regular service)
  • An opportunity to work with enthusiastic, knowledgeable & appreciative staff members who value the work of volunteers!

 

Volunteer Application Procedure

Please submit a resume and a brief letter explaining the position you are applying for and why you are interested in it, as well as your 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.