Volunteering at the Museum of Idaho
Thank you for your interest in the Museum of Idaho. Community support is the lifeblood of our organization and volunteers are absolutely necessary to keep the museum doors open. We always need people who are willing to donate their time and/or talents to be a part of our museum family.
There are many ways to volunteer at the Museum of Idaho. We are most in need of docents. Docents are trained volunteers whose major responsibility is to help visitors better understand and appreciate the current exhibition. Docents are adults of all ages, walks of life, and educational backgrounds.
For more information, please contact Susan Van Orden at (208) 522-1400 ext. 3009. To become a volunteer, please fill out the online application Here and return it to the Museum of Idaho. Applications are also available at the Museum of Idaho.
- Visitor Service: Visitor service volunteers will be able to direct guests according to the correct flow of the exhibit as well as to the restrooms. Visitor service volunteers will be as signed an area of the museum to watch for safety of visitors and museum property. They will call the Manager on Duty if any problem arises.
- Docent: While on duty, a docent engages visitors while watching an assigned area of the museum for safety of visitors and museum property. Additional training sessions will be required in order to understand each exhibit in depth. Docents staff the museum’s permanent exhibits, traveling exhibits, as well as the Children’s Discovery Room. A docent is required to interact with the public in a friendly, respectful manner. Docents should be able to work alone as well as with others.
- Roaming Security: The Museum of Idaho roaming security travels throughout the museum to secure the building and must be able to walk stairs during their shift. Roaming security volunteers check all areas of the building and also check the docents. At the end of the day, roaming security lets the museum patrons know that the building is closing and again, checks all areas of the museum before lock down. Security is required to interact with the public in a friendly, respectful manner as well as communicate to the Manager of Duty when a problem arises.
- Tour Guide Docent: A tour guide docent will give guided tours through the entire museum to scheduled groups. Additional training sessions will be required on how to give tours as well as understanding each exhibit in depth. You will be called in on days that aren’t your regular shift according to scheduled tours.
- Cashier: Not only do cashiers handle ticket and/or store sales, they also act as the first representatives of our visitors encounter. Cashiers have the basic understanding of the museum and its exhibits. Cashiers are able to stand for long periods of time and have strong communication skills. They answer the main phone and help out doing occasional odd jobs (i.e, help tidy the store or counting tickets).
- Education: An Education volunteer helps develop programs for ages 2 and up, provides support during children’s programs, staffs the Children’s Discovery Room, writes curriculum and prepares materials for school groups, and staffs the office while museum Education staff is away performing programs.
- Collection Inventory: You will be caring for and preserving the past. The volunteer will work with the curator to identify and catalog objects in our collection and work to update our inventory database. You must be prepared to attend a handling workshop to learn proper care and handling of the artifacts and specimens within the museum as well as how to inventory museum collections.
- Distribution: You will deliver rack cards and posters to schools and businesses through out the region using personal vehicles (reimbursement for gas provided). You will need to track and return a report of deliverables, have the ability to build a relationship with the public and have a positive attitude while promoting the current exhibit and making connections for future considerations.
- Community Involvement: Volunteer wills need a positive attitude, willingness to interact with the public and an ability to build public relations while promoting the museum and its programs at events. Event staffing will include assisting with the setup, take down and management of events (example of public events include Barnes and Noble book fairs, etc.).
- Exhibition: Volunteer will help with the loading in and out of an exhibit. Knowledge of basic construction tools is required. Must be able to lift heavy objects and be on your feet all day.
- Completion of an application
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Time commitment of 3-4 hrs a week for a complete exhibit
- Completion of an interview
- Agreement to pass a background check (No prior felony convictions)
- Attend a training session prior to each exhibit
- Attend a customer service session prior to each exhibit
- Free admission to the Museum of Idaho’s exhibits
- 10% off all merchandise in the museum’s store
- An invite to our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Party
- Letters of recommendation upon request
- New circle of friends
- Educational opportunities
- Volunteer internship opportunities