Volunteer

Looking for a unique volunteer opportunity?

Volunteers are an integral and valued part of the Museum of Health Care team. Through the involvement and enthusiasm of our volunteers, we are able to increase our capacity and effectiveness as an organization, enhance our programs and collections, and provide our visitors with a fantastic experience. In return, our volunteers enjoy many benefits and play a vital role in preserving and sharing Canada's amazing healthcare history.

The Museum is currently 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 include:

  • Welcome and orient visitors to the Museum and Ann Baillie Building National Historic Site
  • Record 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 the Museum Manager
  • Engage in continuous learning about healthcare history and museum interpretation
  • Assist with Museum programs and special projects as needed
     

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 and science? Are you an enthusiastic person who loves teaching and working with children? We recruit docents to present tours and programs to the public. French-language profiency is an asset. We also have a special interest in recruiting senior volunteers to facilitate our seniors' programs.

Duties include:

  • 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 a contact list and notified as 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.

 

Collections Volunteer

Do you have an interest in working directly with the over 40,000 artefacts in our collection? Help preserve and protect our artefacts by supporting one of our current collections projects. Previous collections experience and education a strong asset. 

Current projects:

  • Create custom storage solutions for unique artefacts
  • Use your graphic design skills to scan and enhance WWI posters
  • Research the history of the artefacts in our pharmaceutical collection (a fantastic opportunity for a working or retired pharmacist or pharmacy student!)
     

Reports to: Collections Manager

Time commitment: Varies depending on project and volunteer availability.

 

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.

Duties include: 

  • Program and event promotion
  • Paperwork and filing
  • Data entry
  • Stuff envelopes and preparing mailouts
  • Assist with other Museum programs and special projects as needed
     

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, and other promotional materials
  • 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


Reports to: Communications and Finance Coordinator

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

 

Records Management

Are you organized with a background or interest in records management? We are in need of a volunteer to help us create an efficient system for our hard-copy files.

Duties include:

  • Complete an inventory of files
  • Cull duplicate records under the advisement of the Museum Manager
  • Archive files as appropriate, under the advisement of the Museum Manager
  • Prepare and execute a plan for reorganizing remaining files
  • Outline a go-forward approach to organizational records management
     

Reports to: Museum Manager

Time commitment: 4 - 12 hours per month. Flexible schedule.

 

Data Analytics Support

Do you have experience with Google Analytics and social media data analysis? We are looking for a volunteer who can help us better understand our online audiences and improve our marketing strategies.

Duties include:

  • Record monthly website and social media statistics
  • Analyze audience composition and engagement
  • Make recommendations for how to improve marketing messaging and strategies


Reports to: Communications and Finance Coordinator

Time commitment: 4 - 6 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 annual museum newsletter (opt-in)
  • Invitations to special volunteer recognition events, including our 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 and appreciative staff members who value the work of volunteers!

 

Volunteer Application Procedure

Please submit a resume and a brief letter explaining which 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 Kevin Moorhouse, Museum Manager & Program Director, at (613) 548-2419, or by e-mail.