Welcome to the White Rock Museum & Archives, we are glad you are joining our Volunteer Program! Volunteers are the backbone of what we do at the Museum, offering important services and assistance in a wide variety of areas.
Our Volunteer Program is set up to involve the community in the maintenance and care of their own heritage and history. We provide opportunities for individuals to obtain personal growth, learn new skills, and develop a sense of commitment and belonging. We ensure that all volunteers receive the orientation, training and supervision necessary to prepare them for the area of work in which they will be involved. Whether you want to work quietly behind the scenes or be in the public eye, there is a place for you at the White Rock Museum & Archives. Our Visitor Services Coordinator will be happy to help you determine the area of the Museum best suited to your skills and availability, based on our current needs.
Some of the opportunities at the Museum include working in the following areas:
The Museum Shop
The Museum Shop operates year round at the Museum, and is a vital source of revenue for our operation. Volunteers and staff working in this area are an extremely important part of our team, as they are our “first contact” with visitors when they come through our doors. Friendliness, approachability, flexibility, professionalism, knowledge of Museum Shop merchandise and current gallery exhibits, plus the ability to use a cash register are key areas of focus and training.
Docent and Tour Programs
We are currently developing an exciting docent and historic tour at the Museum, to help Museum Guests more thoroughly understand our exhibits and programs, and to promote community education of our local history. Staff involved in this program will be comfortable leading and directing groups of children, youth or adults, confident public speakers and familiar with details of our exhibits. Of course, training will be offered.
Children, Youth & School Liaison Programs
One of the very important elements of our Museum is offering and running successful programs for younger visitors to our facility. We are always looking for creative individuals whose desire it is to work with children and youth and who have great program ideas in this area to help us broaden our current offerings.
Collections and Archival Assistants
Those working in the Collections and Archives departments at the Museum enjoy a hands on experience working directly with items of historical importance. Your involvement may include cataloging, data research, filing, recording, handling artifacts, or any number of other duties. Attention to detail and the ability to work in a quiet, focused environment is necessary for those involved in this area.
A limited number of volunteers work with our office and administrative staff to complete tasks “behind the scenes”. These may include secretarial duties, phone assistance, filing, website communications, organizing paperwork, computer work, and other needs. Suitable candidates for volunteering in this area would be highly professional, discreet and able to work independently to complete tasks.
Volunteers are frequently needed to help plan and implement special events and various programs and exhibits offered throughout the year. We would love to talk to you if you interested in assisting us with periodic events in any number of capacities.