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Volunteering

The Mariners’ Museum offers volunteer opportunities in key roles such as museum tour guides, artifact conservation, collections management, and landscaping, as well as a host of other services that support the museum’s programs. Join The Mariners’ Museum volunteer corps and start reeling in the benefits that can be yours while supporting one of the nations leading maritime museums and on of our region’s greatest treasures.

Benefits

Members of the Docent and Volunteer Corps are extended awards, benefits, and discounts as expressions of appreciation for their service to the Museum and as a means of supporting their ongoing education.

Discounts

  • A 10% discount at The Museum Gift Shop
  • Free admission to the Museum
  • Free or reduced rates for educational programs and lectures
  • Free subscription to the Mariners’ Museum calendar of events

Training

  • Educational training sessions
  • Opportunities for on-site studies and field trips to promote and enhance knowledge in various maritime subjects at minimum or no cost

The Mariners’ Museum and Park are in need of Docents. The Docent’s role is one of greeter, teacher, interpreter and guide. Docents are the “voice” of The Mariners’ Museum to the visiting public.

Work Location: Education and Museum Galleries

Job Description: The Mariners’ Museum is seeking Docents to assist with the following duties:

  • We have a tiered program for Docents depending on their level of training: greeters, gallery interpreters, tour leaders,Speakers Bureau and more.
  • The position involves daily interaction with school groups and the general public.
  • Assisting our educator staff when giving public presentations, helping to set-up and clean-up as necessary.
  • Assisting with the Explorer’s Theater.

Volunteer Hours: 4-10 hours per week, flexible, 9 AM to 5 PM and Sundays 11 AM – 5 PM

Appropriate Education Requirements: College Studies

Required Skills: Interest in Museum Education, Science and/or History. The individual must be comfortable speaking in front of an audience and communicating with a variety of ages.

Supervisor: Lauren T. Furey, Manager of Visitor Engagement

 



Battle of Hampton RoadsSupport volunteers work behind the scenes in all aspects of the Museum’s daily activities—from research to marketing and everything in between.

List of Volunteer Positions:

  • Photography
  • Researching
  • Membership and Development
  • Marketing
  • Noland Park and Trail Assistant
  • Landscaping
  • Education
  • Summer Camps and Programs

 


Photographic Negative Scanning Volunteer

The Mariners’ Museum Digital Services Department

The Mariners’ Museum Digital Services Department seeks interns or volunteers to scan photographic negatives from our collection. Two positions are available immediately. The positions are unpaid.

Candidates will work under the supervision of the Photo Archivist to digitize negatives or prints and to create archival master files and derivative files.

The ideal candidate:

  • is detail oriented
  • has some experience in Adobe Photoshop, and Bridge, scanning and scanning software
  • has an interest in hands-on digital experience, history, and/or museum studies

Student Objectives:

  • To gain experience in the operations and procedures of a special library.
  • To gain experience in scanning to archival standards (creating a master digital file and derivatives).
  • To contribute to providing access to valuable cultural resources.

Work Schedule:

14-21 hours per week. Staff hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

To apply:

Contact Beth Heaton, bheaton@MarinersMuseum.org.

Digital Services Assistant

Digital Services Department

Events

  • Photograph high quality images of museum events
  • Edit photographs for quality and content using Adobe Creative Suite
  • Knowledge of Canon Camera Systems
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
  • Maintain professional appearance and demeanor at all assigned events

Studio

  • Assist the photographer as directed
  • Assist with digitization of negatives, photographs, flat art and prints
  • Assist with setup and tear-down of photo shoots
  • Artifact handling

Administrative

  • Prepare submissions of incoming funds and report them to Finance Department
  • Answer external customer requests and direct to appropriate person
  • Shipping of photographic prints, drawings and plans
  • Assist department director with licensing and publication requests
  • Assist with the maintenance and storage of digital files
  • Prepare and send paperwork to clients
  • Send files via Hightail FTP

To apply:

Contact Beth Heaton, bheaton@MarinersMuseum.org.

Membership Volunteer

Our Membership Department is looking for a volunteer to come in 1 or 2 days per month (approximately 7 hours total per month) and stuff envelopes for our monthly mailing. This job will need to be done Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

To apply:

Contact Beth Heaton, bheaton@MarinersMuseum.org.

Mariners’ Museum Gift Shop Volunteer

The Mariners’ Museum Gift Shop is looking for volunteers. They will work directly under the supervision of the Shop Merchandiser as well as other Visitor Services staff members.

  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Interest in retail, merchandising, or other customer service fields

Duties:

  • Pricing new merchandise that arrives
  • Keeping our displays beautiful, clean and organized
  • Handing out glasses at our 3D Theater
  • Gift wrapping purchases for guests during the holiday season
  • Providing excellent customer service to our guests

Work Schedule:

4 to 5 hours per day, one day per week. The hours and days are negotiable.

To apply:

Contact Beth Heaton, bheaton@MarinersMuseum.org.

Lectures Volunteer

Work Location: Education Department

Job Description: The Mariners’ Museum is seeking volunteers to help assist with the Museum’s monthly lectures.

Duties can include:

  • Assisting with check-in registration of museum members
  • Politely directing or escorting visitors to their seats
  • Must be aware of, and follow the proper procedures for assisting visitors with disabilities
  • Assisting with setup and/or break down of lecture space

Work Status: 2-3 hours per month

Expected Project Duration: Indefinite

Appropriate Educational Requirement: None

Required Skills: Good oral communications, personable

To apply:

Contact Beth Heaton, bheaton@MarinersMuseum.org.

Education Volunteer

Work Location: Education Department

Job Description: The Mariners’ Museum is seeking volunteers to assist the Education department in providing an engaging and innovating experience for students, families and the general public.

Duties can including but are not limited to:

  • Research
  • Lead school age educational programs at the museum
  • Prepare program related materials
  • Work with the Manager of Visitor Engagement to present general museum and gallery specific tours
  • Assist with other general museum programming such as workshops and gallery openings
  • Staff education stations such as the LEGO® table
  • Assist with activities for special events such as Battle of Hampton Roads weekend

Expected Project Duration: Indefinite

Hours: Flexible

Appropriate Educational Requirement: High school or college studies

Required Skills: Attention to detail; comfortable talking to and interacting with people; eagerness to learn;

Direct Supervisor: Manager, Student Programs and/or Manager of Visitor Engagement

To apply:

Contact Beth Heaton, bheaton@MarinersMuseum.org.

Ages 15-18

The position involves interaction with visitors to the Museum. The individual must be comfortable speaking in front of an audience and communicating with a variety of ages. The position involves daily interaction with school groups and the general public, helping to provide assistance with summer programming including but not limited to “Maritime Mondays,” assisting with the Activity Ship, and hands on experiments in the galleries. Each Junior Volunteer will also be assisting our educator staff when giving public presentations, helping to set-up and clean-up as necessary.

 



For more information contact:

Beth Heaton
Manager of Volunteers, Docents and Interns
(757) 591-7712
bheaton@MarinersMuseum.org