Museums & Heritage Services

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Volunteer With Us

Join Museums and Heritage Services in telling the stories of our great city. Volunteers support special events, public tours and the demonstration of heritage trades (including gardening) at ten museums across Toronto. Share or develop your skills, discover your local history and get involved with your community. Youth volunteers (ages 14 – 18) are welcome! 


We value the enormous contribution of volunteers to our sites and recognize the role that volunteers play in the success of our department and to the City of Toronto. As ambassadors of the 10 different sites which we operate, volunteers promote goodwill and a positive attitude among our visitors. We offer opportunities to utilize and broaden skills, observe and participate in a variety of events and programs, and get involved in the community.

Our museums host a variety of evening and weekend events which require volunteer support in areas of children's crafts, family activities, and site greeters. Do you have specialized knowledge in the field of local history or historic trades? We also offer longer term volunteer opportunities in the areas of gardening, guided tours, cooking/baking, and the print making process. 

Are you a youth aged 14 – 18 looking for volunteer opportunities? Montgomery's Inn, Gibson House and Scarborough Museum all offer a Youth Volunteer Program which combines historical and modern activities, including photography, cooking, blogging, creating videos and event planning. We also offer youth volunteer opportunities at our summer camps.


Please feel free to contact Julie Cloutier, Coordinator, Volunteer Management at historicsitevolunteers@toronto.ca with any questions.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

ExpandVolunteer Docent Position at Spadina Museum - Application due March 17

Description & Details:  Spadina Museum, one of ten historic museums operated by the City of Toronto, and Toronto's only museum to interpret the 20's and 30's, is currently seeking enthusiastic and reliable volunteer docents.  Volunteer docents are an integral part of the museum's programming, offering dynamic tours to groups of up to 15.  Using a flexible approach that considers the interests and abilities of all tour participants, docents safely and engagingly lead groups through the museum.

Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring visitors feel welcome at Spadina Museum
  • Leading tours throughout the 20,000 square foot museum
  • Implement museum policies and procedures to ensure visitor safety & artifact security
  • Clearly & effectively communicating the significance of rooms in relation to the Austin family and Toronto in the 1920's   
  • Answering visitor questions about the Museum, the people who lived there and the related time period

Qualifications: 

  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • A passion for history and the ability to convey that enthusiasm in a professional and engaging manner
  • Flexibility and a willingness to learn
  • An interest in working with all kinds of museum visitors, including children, young adults, educators, seniors, visitors with special needs, and those for whom English is not a first language
  • Experience in education or teaching is helpful, although not required

Time Commitment: Acting as a volunteer docent requires a substantial amount of training; volunteers should be prepared for the commitment involved.  After training is complete, volunteer docents are expected to fulfill a minimum of 1 shift per month for a period of one year. 

Benefit: Volunteers will gain leadership skills and will increase their knowledge and appreciation of the history of Toronto, art & culture.  We offer the opportunity to work

alongside staff & volunteers with shared interests and the opportunity to enhance the museum experience of all visitors.  After a probationary period, volunteers are offered discounts at various other Toronto attractions.

How to apply/contact: If interested, please contact spadina@toronto.ca by Friday March 17 at 4:00 pm.

Please note that all volunteer applications must include:

  • A cover letter indicating why you are interested in volunteering with Spadina Museum
  • a resume that highlights previous experience related to the position
  • all e-mail attachments should be saved as PDF files

ExpandVolunteer Special Event Position at Spadina Museum - Application due March 17

Description & Details: Spadina Museum, one of ten historic museums operated by the City of Toronto, and Toronto's only museum to interpret the 1920s and 30s, is currently seeking enthusiastic and reliable special event volunteers.  Special event volunteers are an integral part of the museum's programming, assisting with the delivery of special events like the Gatsby Garden Party, Mother's Day event, City Cider, and more.  Special event volunteers perform a range of activities according to their interests, both behind the scenes and dealing directly with the public. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Completing a range of tasks including:
    • Greeting and directing visitors
    • Assisting with the operation of the lift
    • Assisting with the preparation of special event food
    • Serving refreshments
    • Assisting with children's craft or game activities
    • Assisting with adult workshop activities
       

Qualifications:

  • Flexibility and a willingness to learn
  • An interest in working with all kinds of museum visitors, including children, youth adults, seniors, visitors with special needs, and those for whom English is not a first language
  • Experience and interest in food or crafts is helpful, although not required
     

Time Commitment: A call is sent out to all special event volunteers in advance of a special event.  Volunteers identify which events and tasks they are interested in working.  Special event volunteers should expect to work at a minimum of 2 special events a year.

Benefit: Volunteers will gain leadership skills and will increase their knowledge and appreciation of the history of Toronto.  We offer the opportunity to work alongside staff and volunteers with shared interests and the opportunity to enhance the museum experience of all visitors.  After a probationary period, volunteers are offered discounts at various other Toronto attractions.

How to apply/contact: If interested please contact Spadina Museum at spadina@toronto.ca by Friday, March 17 at 4:00 p.m.

Please note that all volunteer applications must include:

  • A cover letter indicating why you are interested in volunteering with Spadina Museum
  • A resume that highlights previous experience related to the position
  • All e-mail attachments should be saved as PDF files