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Thanks to the many, many dedicated volunteers, the Lake of the Woods Museum has a strong and vital volunteer program. Through their enthusiasm, dedication, and involvement we are able to enhance the offerings of the museum, from educational programming, special events, to exhibits and more.
In return, our volunteers enjoy being part of a progressive, creative team who believe that museums are vital to communities and communities are vital to museums. As an organization, we recognize the invaluable contribution of volunteers in what we do, and we know that they are our biggest fans and greatest advocates. Our volunteers are of all ages, come from different backgrounds, and are passionate about sharing their time, talents, and energy with us.
As a Lake of the Woods Museum volunteer, you are part of a unique team. We are proud to be considered “one of the coolest little museums in Canada” and we offer a wide range of exhibits and programming throughout the year.
By helping, our volunteers benefit in a variety of ways, including:
- working in a relaxed and/or exciting environment (depending on what you volunteer for)
- contributing to a thriving and active museum
- learning new skills
- engaging their imaginations
- building resume and career-related experiences
- meeting new people
- having fun!
Volunteers receive unlimited access to the galleries and exhibitions, giftshop discounts, special recognition events, reference letters, and more.
Please look through our Opportunities for Volunteers to learn about the types of volunteer roles we offer. As you will see some opportunities require more skill and experience than others, some require a greater commitment of time. We hope that you’ll find something that catches your interest. Please note that we are not always recruiting for certain positions, so we may not be able to accommodate you in your particular field of interest immediately, but trust that as we require assistance we will be in touch.
We would ask you to fill our a Volunteer Application Form and submit it to the Museum.
For more information abut the Lake of the Woods Museum’s Volunteer Program, please contact us.
HOW TO VOLUNTEER
BECOME A VOLUNTEER
It’s our goal to ensure that every volunteer at the Lake of the Woods Museum has a great experience, and that they feel that they are contributing and appreciated.
If you are interested in being a volunteer, please review the following carefully. We want you to be as excited about being a volunteer at the museum as we are in having you join us.
Understanding the Commitment
Review the job description we are recruiting for carefully, and note the tasks, shift times and expectations of that role.
Think about what you are seeking in a volunteer role. Do you want to build on educational or career-related skills? Do you have an interest in certain aspects of museum work? Do you need volunteer hours for school? Do you want to work with children? Or do you just love museums and want to know more about the inner workings of them? Consider what is motivating you to volunteer at the Lake of the Woods Museum. By providing us with as much information as possible, we can ensure that you are meeting your own personal volunteering goals.
Consider what your availability is to volunteer. Are you available any time? Weekdays? Weekends? Only during winter months? How much time are you able to give? A few hours, a few weeks? The more you let us know about your availability, the better chance we have of finding a good match for you.
Determine what kind of role you’d like. Are you artistic? Maybe you can design posters, or help design exhibits. Are you considering a career in education? Perhaps you can assist with our educational programming. Are you a people-person? You’d be great working at our front reception desk.
Respect that we have a screening process in place. Candidates are selected for personal interviews based on suitability.
Understand the commitment. Our volunteer positions vary in their commitment levels. Are you able to fulfill the expectations of that role? We don’t want your volunteer commitment to be a burden to you so please be realistic about the time you have for us.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR VOLUNTEERS
- BOARD MEMBER
- requires a monthly commitment (1 – 2 hour meeting) except for July and August, and occasional sub-committee meetings (4-5 per year at the most) as well as attendance at various museum functions (as you are available).
- the board member’s role is primarily a support role to the museum staff in terms of policy, finances, advice, advocacy, and liason with the City of Kenora.
- knowledgeable about the museum and the community in order to be an effective ambassador for the museum.
- attendance at board and sub-committee meetings
- support, advise, and inform museum decisions at a policy level
- contribute to short and long-term planning process
- assist with special museum events e.g. Christmas Open House, fundraising efforts, etc.
- liason with the City of Kenora e.g. Museum budget request
- act as chair or vice chair of board of sub-committees
- signing authority (only required of two board members)
- FRONT DESK RECEPTION
- requires a weekly commitment (1/2 day or full day) for 2 months during July and August
- this position requires working with the public, so we are looking for people who are personable and have excellent customer service skills
- helpful to have some retail experience – cash handling, cash register
- knowledgeable about the museum and the community
- greet visitors
- handle admission fees
- giftshop sales and housekeeping
- answering phone
- referring customers with research requests to staff
- providing directions
- providing information about the museum, its exhibits and activities
- odd jobs as assigned that can be carried out at the front desk
- NEWSLETTER FOLDER / ENVELOPE STUFFER
- 4 days a year (roughly January, April, July and October)
- willingness to do a routine, repetitive task
- collate, fold, stuff newsletters
- stamp and seal envelopes
- CHILDREN PROGRAMMING ASSISTANTS
- availability occasionally throughout the year, as suits your schedule
- willingness to work with children of all ages
- creativity would be helpful but not necessary
- ability to stand for at least one hour
- assist the Museum’s Program Coordinator in the presentation of a variety of children’s programs e.g. Victorian tea parties, crafts, games, tours, scavenger hunts, etc.
- assist with the set-up and clean-up
- availability occasionally throughout the year, as suits your schedule
- handyman skills – carpentry, painting, shoveling, changing light bulbs, etc.
- odd jobs around the museum as required
- FLOWER ARRANGER
- one-half day, four times a year – spring, summer, fall, and winter – at your convenience
- experience in flower arranging
- creativity and an eye for colour and design
- designing approximately 4-5 flower arrangements per season
- SPECIAL EVENTS SET-UP/TAKE-DOWN CREW
- several hours at a time, when required throughout the year
- ability to lift and carry, push, pull, tote, haul
- knowledge of how to use an iron
- set up for receptions and special events – placing tables, chairs, etc., ironing tablecloths, putting out serving dishes, glasses, etc., and any other special
- takedown after event – storage of chairs, podium, tables, glasses, etc.
- CHRISTMAS DECORATING AND DE-DECORATING
- in mid November, as many hours as you can spare
- in early January, as many hours as you can spare
- a love of Christmas and willingness to decorate a lot of trees
- decorate and/or de-decorate the museum for Christmas – includes constructing artificial trees, decorating trees, hanging garland and wreaths, packing decorations
away, and hauling boxes down to the storage area.
- CATALOGUING ASSISTANT
- at least one year of regular work (e.g. a couple of hours /week)
- willingness to spend several hours in training on the collections management system
- an interest in the museum collection
- an attention to detail
- knowledgeable about collections/artifacts
- computer database experience, an asset
- interest in research
- knowledge and experience in using a digital camera
- using our on-line cataloguing database, catalogue artifacts in the collection management database
- photograph artifacts with digital camera
- EXHIBIT ASSISTANT
- throughout the year, although primarily in February, March, April, for several hours as suits your schedule
- willingness to work with the collection
- willingness to clean, iron, dust
- willingness to do odd jobs as required
- assist staff in preparing artifacts for display
- POSTER DISTRIBUTOR
- throughout the year, as required, for about an hour at a time – as suits your schedule
- willingness to walk or drive
- friendly demeanor
- distribute posters to businesses, etc. advertising the museum’s events and exhibits.
- throughout the year, as required, for about an hour at a time
- willingness to spend several hours in training, touring through the museum, learning a script, and refreshing their knowledge as exhibits are changed
- excited about the museum
- excellent communicator and engaging speaker
- ability to relate well to adults and children
- knowledgeable about Kenora and area
- leading tours of the museum for adults and/or children – some tours may have to be specialized depending on the group
- STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
For their Community Service Hours
- throughout the year, as required, for a minimum of one hour at a time, depending on the duties assigned
- willingness to do a number of odd jobs as assigned
- odd jobs – e.g. taking things in or out of storage, postering, helping set up/take down exhibits, research assignments, assisting at receptions, cleaning silver, or jobs related to their area of interest or special skills they have.