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.

To apply for any of the volunteer roles:

The following describes the specific volunteer roles and their descriptions.

A PDF file is available for download which shows the following information in a condensed tabular form.

Special Exhibits

Volunteer Supervisor:  Visitor Services Coordinator

Responsibilities
  • Act as ambassador for the special exhibits at the Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens and provide excellent customer service
  • Ability to add commentary and highlights to self-guided tours
  • Through self-study and regular meetings, research permanent/special exhibits to create and improve visitor experience
Skills Required
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Customer service skills
  • Ability to engage with the public and speak to large groups
  • Background or interest in history/heritage
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Knowledge of a second language useful but not required

Training provided by: Visitor Services Coordinator / Executive Director
Commitment:  4 hours/month

Point Ellice House Museum

Volunteer Supervisor: Visitor Services Coordinator / Executive Director

Responsibilities
  • Act as ambassador for the Point Ellice House Museum and provide excellent customer service
  • Ability to add commentary and highlights to self-guided tours
  • Through self-study and regular meetings, research permanent/special exhibits to create and improve visitor experience
Skills Required
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Customer service skills
  • Ability to engage with the public and speak to large groups
  • Background or interest in history/heritage
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Knowledge of a second language useful but not required

Training provided by: Visitor Services Coordinator / Curatorial Assistant
Commitment:  4 to 8 hours per month

Special Events

Volunteer Supervisor: Visitor Services Coordinator / Executive Director

Responsibilities
  • Act as ambassador for PEH and provide excellent customer service
  • Provide information about PEH exhibits, activities, programs
  • Assist with the planning and execution of special events at PEH
Skills Required
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Customer service skills
  • Comfortable working with families and children
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Training provided by: Visitor Services Coordinator / Executive Director
Commitment:  At least two Special Events per year

Education

Volunteer Supervisor: Visitor Services Coordinator / Executive Director

Responsibilities
  • Act as ambassador for PEH and provide excellent service
  • Through self-study and regular meetings, research permanent/special exhibits to create and improve education programs
Skills Required
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Customer service skills
  • Comfortable working with children and youth
  • Background/interest in teaching/public education
  • Background/interest in history/heritage
  • Computer skills

Training provided by: Visitor Services Coordinator / Curatorial Assistant
Commitment: Minimum 20 hours/year

Research & Collections

Volunteer Supervisor:  Curatorial Assistant / Executive Director

Responsibilities
  • Through self-study and training, conduct research to help create and improve exhibits
  • At direction of Curatorial Assistant, help with care and conservation of collection
Skills Required
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Previous experience working in a research/archives/museum setting
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Organizational skills
  • Computer skills

Training provided by: Executive Director / Curatorial Assistant
Commitment:   Minimum 20 hours/year

Gardens

Volunteer Supervisor: Head Gardener

Responsibilities
  • At direction of Head Gardener, assist with care and maintenance of gardens/grounds
  • Through self-study and training, learn about history of gardens and grounds
Skills Required
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Knowledge of basic gardening techniques / previous gardening experience an asset

Training provided by: Head Gardener
Commitment: Minimum 6 hours/month