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:

The following describes the specific volunteer roles and their descriptions. There are several volunteer opportunities offered at Point Ellice House Museum and Gardens. Currently, we are seeking volunteer interpreters and gardeners to join the team.

Volunteer Interpreter

  • Act as docent/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 training, 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
Skills Gained
  • Increased knowledge of  Victoria/BC history
  • Artifact handling
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ongoing learning/training opportunities

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


  • 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
Skills Gained
  • Increased knowledge of heritage gardens
  • Increased knowledge of gardening techniques
  • Ongoing garden training/workshops

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