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.
Apply the Volunteer Program
All applicants must apply to the volunteer program. Click here for the volunteer application and schedule an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator. Three references are required with the application submission. 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
75 Stuyvesant Place
Staten Island, NY 10301
Note that volunteer openings may not always be available because they can be seasonal or project based.
Volunteers and the Staten Island Museum
at Snug Harbor (new location)
Our new building will open in Fall 2015 on the Snug Harbor Cultural Center campus. The Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor will bring an exciting state of the art museum experience to Staten Island – adding to the vibrant cultural landscape. Museum volunteers will be part of the daily operations team – working closely with the Visitor Services Department to provide a welcoming, enriching and memorable experience for patrons.
A new Museum Docent* Program is under development to bring regularly scheduled docent led tours to the visiting public. Recruitment begins in Spring 2015 in preparation for the scheduled opening on September 19, 2015. The training schedule will be released when recruitment is launched. More information to come.
*Museum docents are highly skilled, trained volunteers who provide interpretive educational experiences to the public in cultural settings. The ideal docent shows initiative, 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 earn a certificate of completion 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.
This position requires a significant amount of time standing, walking and speaking.
GRAND OPENING WEEKEND VOLUNTEERS
We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who would like to be a part of the Staten Island Museum team for our Grand Opening Weekend at Snug Harbor Cultural Center! Click here to view the specifics of the event and the assignments available. For more information or to apply, contact Renée Bushelle.