Volunteer at Point Ellice House

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are those who, without expectation of payment, contribute time and service to an organization or cause in the belief that their activity will be both beneficial to the community and satisfying to themselves. Volunteers are team members working alongside paid staff and other volunteers to fulfill the Vancouver Island Local History Society’s mission and vision.

Volunteers are central to operations at Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens. Whether it’s through gardening and helping out with special events, or by engaging the public inside the house, volunteers create memorable experiences for visitors to this special place. Volunteers are provided with opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills through ongoing learning and training sessions.

To apply for any of the volunteer roles:

If you are having any issues downloading or filling out our volunteer application form, please send an email to Volunteer@PointElliceHouse.com and we can assist you.

The following describes the specific volunteer roles and their responsibilities. There are several volunteer opportunities offered at Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens.

Interpretive Volunteer

  • Interact with on-site visitors while we are open to the general public
  • Act as ambassador for PEH and create memorable experiences for visitors
  • Be attuned to visitor interests and add commentary/highlights to self-guided tours
  • Through self-study and regular meetings, research permanent/special exhibits to improve your understanding of PEH history
Skills Required
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Ability to engage with the public and speak to groups
  • Comfortable working with families, children, and youth
  • Background or interest in history/heritage
  • Knowledge of a second language an asset
Skills Gained
  • Increased knowledge of BC, Victoria, and PEH history
  • Increased knowledge of BC’s colonial past
  • Public speaking and historic interpretation

Training provided by: Visitor Experience & Programming Coordinator

Commitment: 8+ hours (2 shifts)/month, daytime weekend availability

Research & Collections Volunteer

  • Assist with care and conservation of the collection and historic house
  • Through self-study and training, conduct research to help create and improve exhibits, improve our knowledge about the collection and PEH history
Skills Required
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Detail oriented
  • Organizational skills
  • Computer skills
  • Previous experience working in research, archives, or museums an asset
Skills Gained
  • Artifact handling and care
  • Handwriting transcription
  • Catalogue description writing
  • Increased knowledge about PEH history, and its collection

Training provided by: Assistant Curator

Commitment: 4+ hours month