Join the Museum Team
Our First Volunteers
Volunteering is an enduring tradition at the Staten Island Museum. In 1881, founder William T. Davis and his colleagues began the work of studying, preserving and advocating for the protection of Staten Island’s natural environment. Their efforts would shape the foundation and mission of this institution. Today, many community members continue to donate their time to support the Museum’s mission. We are proud to continue this tradition.
Our volunteers are an important part of Museum’s family. They are our friends and neighbors who as museum ambassadors, engage and educate our visitors, conduct field work studies, support essential fundraising efforts, assist with building operations and provide professional guidance. Their contributions strengthen organizational capacity, which allows our team to provide more services to the public.
Volunteers may bring many years of professional experience or are looking to acquire new skills. Our objective is to provide fulfilling volunteer opportunities that result in tangible accomplishments. Volunteering also nurtures interpersonal connections and, ultimately has a positive impact on the community.
Staten Island Museum volunteers:
- Learn about the inner workings of a museum.
- Promote the Museum’s programs and services.
- Assist with special events including pre-event support.
- Provide guided gallery tours Contribute to field work studies.
- Meet new people and make new friends.
The Staten Island Museum’s Volunteer Program is open to:
- High school juniors and seniors seeking community service hours or long-term assignments.
- University level students.
- Adults and Seniors.
Long term volunteer assignments require minimum commitments of six months to one year, depending on the position. All volunteers receive orientation, position specific training and, are supervised and supported by Museum personnel.
Note: Volunteer postings will indicate special requirements (extensive standing, walking, lifting, etc.). Applicants are asked to consider special requirements when applying for volunteer positions.
How to Join the Volunteer Program
Please schedule an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator. Two recommendations are required. Additional screening may be needed depending on the requirements of the volunteer position.
Completed applications can be returned to:
Manager of Visitor Services
Staten Island Museum
1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A
Staten Island, NY 10301
The availability of volunteer opportunities are dependent on departmental needs. Positions may be seasonal or project based.
Docents and Special Event Volunteers
A Museum Docent program is under development to bring regularly scheduled docent led tours to the visiting public.
Museum docents are highly skilled, trained volunteers who provide interpretive educational experiences to the public in cultural settings. The ideal docent is comfortable with public speaking, possesses the ability to deliver accurate information to a variety of audiences; is flexible with scheduling, has a flair for the theatrical and is courteous and patient when interacting with the public. Staten Island Museum docents must be knowledgeable about the Museum’s collections and have a keen interest in sharing this knowledge with others. Prospective docents undergo an interview process and upon acceptance to the program, receive orientation and extensive training facilitated by our curatorial and education staff.
Training includes the observation of two professional tours and the successful delivery of two (evaluated) solo tours to complete the program and receive public tour assignments.
Museum docents must make a one-year commitment to the docent program and agree to volunteer for a minimum of 6 hours per month. Bilingual applicants are welcome.
Volunteers also support public programs and other special events. Responsibilities vary and may include: set-up and break down; welcoming guests and providing check in support; answering visitor inquiries; taking surveys and providing gallery support. Some assignments may be labor intensive.
Note: These positions often require significant amounts of time standing, walking and speaking.