Sunday, August 20, 2006

Call For Volunteers!

Whether you love to talk to people or work independently, have a thirst for knowledge or want to explore West Vancouver history, there's a wonderful and wide range of activities for vounteers here at the West Vancouver Museum!

Volunteers form a critical component of the Museum. From covering shifts in the gallery/gift shop to assisting with openings and special events or working with school children and other members of the community in public education programs, volunteers generally give 2-3 hours per week and can participate in a variety of special activities in addition to their chosen work areas. Training is provided and all volunteers receive invitations to exhibit openings and special events.

Currently, there are openings in the following volunteer teams:

Gallery Guides:

Ongoing shifts: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from noon until 4:30pm. Gallery guides are the front line people working in the gallery/gift shop area. If you enjoy learning about the history of West Vancouver, talking with visitors, giving tours and selling items from the gift ship, this is a great opportunity to promote West Vancouver to our citizens and visitors.

Public Programs Assistant:

Public programs assistants help with our educational programs. These programs are great fun! If you enjoy working with the public, particularly children and seniors, and like arts and crafts, this may be the position for you. This is not a weekly commitment, as we do not run the programs every week, but in combination with being a gallery guide, it can add variety to your volunteer experience.

Reception/Special Events:

Reception/special events volunteers help with exhibit openings and special programs. These events are a lot of fun, and usually take on a differnet theme or focus every time. This is not a weekly commitment, but rather as needed throughout the year, usually something every one or two months.

Collections:

Ongoing shifts. Collections involves all museum objects on display and in storage. Volunteers may be assigned a special project or may help with cataloguing and data entry. Competence with computers and an interest in cataloguing are definite assets!


Volunteer Benefits

The West Vancouver Museum relies on the assistance of enthusiastic and committed volunteers. We want you to know how much your time here means to us, so we have developed a volunteer recognition package! It includes:

  • Acknoledgement of your contribution to the community
  • 10% off items in the gift shop
  • Volunteer appreciation and recognition events
  • Invitations to the many public programs that we offer throughout the year
  • Reference letters, which are provided upon request after at least 3 months of service
Terms of the Volunteer Agreement:

  • Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 2 hours of service per week for a minimum of 3 months
  • Volunteers are required to attend an orientation session
  • Volunteers should attend an exhibit orientation tour
  • Volunteers are expected to record their volunteer hours in the gallery guide manual
  • Volunteers are expected to familiarize themselves with the museum, archives, and history of the Gertrude Lawson House, and other local history
  • As representatives of the West Vancouver Museum, volunteers are expected to demonstrate professional conduct and courtesy while on duty
Why Volunteer?

The answer is, quite simply, a feeling of satisfaction and the knowledge that you are making a contribution to your community. As a volunteer you will be helping out with the preservation and promotion of community history, and you will have the opportunity to make new contacts and community connections. Why wait? Click here to print out a volunteer application form and bring it in to Kiriko at the museum today!

Photos taken from two volunteer events: The VanDusen Gardens trip in April, 2006, and the volunteer appreciation lunch in August, 2006.

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