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

ExpandMobile Museum Volunteer – various locations

Do you love history? Consider volunteering for the Mobile Museum! You'll be supporting Canada 150 programming produced by the City of Toronto's Museums & Heritage unit. Volunteers (16+) will support the Mobile Museum, a unique initiative which will travel throughout the City to festival and community events from May to October, 2017. 

Mobile Museum volunteers will: 

  • Act as Canada 150 ambassadors for the City of Toronto through the animation of the Canada 150 Mobile Museum
  • Assist with the assembly and disassembly of the Mobile Museum (tents, tables, signage) at each site
  • Engage with public to experience the Mobile Museum, including an interactive timeline
  • Distribute Canada 150 swag (stickers, flags, tattoos)

Shifts will be weekends only, at various community festivals and events throughout the City of Toronto.  Volunteers should have an interest in history and the ability to engage with the public in a professional and engaging way. 

In order to volunteer you must attend ONE information session. Information sessions will be held on Wednesday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 6 at 2:00 p.m at Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 310.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Julie Cloutier at historicsitevolunteers@toronto.ca or at 416.392.8231.