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 in positions throughout the museum, including at Guest Service, in the galleries, and in leading tours. Current volunteer opportunities and descriptions are listed below. No need to be an expert; training will be provided!
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
Attend an orientation
Because volunteers are such an important part of the museum’s mission, MIM also requires that adult volunteer team members join and maintain a museum membership. Moreover, we require you to commit to one full year to the volunteer program, with a minimum of two shifts per month.
If you are a high school or a full-time college student wishing to volunteer during your school break, we ask you to dedicate one full month of service over the summer, with a minimum of two shifts per week. 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 five-week period. Following the training, museum guides commit to a minimum of three tours per month.
Daily responsibilities of gallery guides include welcoming guests to the galleries, answering their questions, and directing them to programs and areas of interest. Gallery guides also circulate throughout the museum to ensure the safety of guests and the security of the collection.
EXPERIENCE GALLERY GUIDE
The Experience Gallery (EG) is the museum space where guests have an opportunity to touch and play instruments from around the world. EG guides foster a welcoming, positive, and safe environment for all guests. Being a musician is not required to become an EG guide. Training will provide information on the instruments as well as tips on how to create a friendly and educational atmosphere.
GUEST SERVICE GUIDE
Guest Service guides support the Guest Service team at the front desk by answering questions about the museum, assisting with the guidePORT system and headphones, and explaining MIM policies and procedures to guests. Guest Service guides also help the team provide guests with a smooth introduction as they enter the museum and a friendly farewell as they exit.
INFORMATION DESK GUIDE
Information Desk guides support Guest Service by greeting guests; assisting with wayfinding; providing instruction on the use of the guidePORT system; and answering frequently asked questions about MIM, its history, policies, and programs.
SPECIAL EVENT GUIDE
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 our guests. Special Event guides are needed on weekends and during evening events.