Becoming a MIM volunteer team member is a unique opportunity to help the museum achieve its mission of fostering appreciation for the diverse musical cultures of the world. Volunteers are needed at Guest Service, in the galleries, and in a variety of other capacities including leading tours. Current volunteer opportunities and descriptions are listed below. There is no need to be an expert; training will be provided!
To apply, please submit an application and indicate which of the volunteer opportunities interest you most. All prospective volunteer team members must submit a completed application, meet with a member of the Volunteer Department, consent to a background check and drug test, and attend an orientation. Because volunteers are such an important part of the museum’s mission, MIM also requires that volunteer team members join and maintain a museum membership. (For high school and full-time college student volunteer opportunities and application, please contact volunteer@MIM.org).
The minimum age to volunteer at MIM is sixteen years, with parental/guardian consent required for those below eighteen years.
MIM seeks fun, imaginative, and enthusiastic volunteer team members to provide guided tours scheduled for school, youth, and adult groups. Museum guides encourage guests to forge their own connections to the museum’s collections and stories. Tours explore topics such as music, history, science, geography, ethnomusicology, music education, and more. Museum guides must commit to forty hours of training over a ten-week period. Following the training, museum guides commit to a minimum of three tours per month.
Applications for new volunteers who wish to join the Spring 2017 Museum Guide Training are due by January 8, 2017. For more information, click here.
Do you want to spend your time among the exhibits? Gallery Guides are an extension of Guest Service in the galleries. Gallery Guides walk through the galleries to provide guests with way-finding and information about the exhibits and the museum as well as help to ensure the safety of the guests and security of the objects.
Create a positive environment and encourage guests to play music in a dynamic, hands-on gallery at MIM. Experience Gallery Guides provide assistance and friendly instruction on how to play various instruments, while ensuring the safety of the guests and the security of the objects.
Support the Guest Service team at the front desk by answering questions about the museum, providing assistance with the guidePORT system and headphones, and explaining MIM policies and procedures to guests. Guest Service Guides help the team provide guests with a smooth introduction as they enter the museum and a friendly farewell as they exit.
Information Desk Guides support Guest Service by greeting guests, assisting with way-finding, providing instruction on the use of the guidePORT system, and answering frequently asked questions about MIM, its history, policies, and programs.
Celebrate your love of music, arts, and culture by lending a hand during MIM’s special events and education programs! Events at MIM offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities—everything from aiding in fun crafts to operating a photo booth. Volunteer team members in these areas are essential to making our programs exciting and educational for all of our guests. Special Event Guides are needed on weekends and evenings.