Volunteer - The DoSeum

Volunteer

Volunteer With Us!

Do you love working with children and families? Want to make a difference in our community, engage in joyful learning and find your inner child? If so, then play it forward at The DoSeum!


Benefits of Volunteering

  • Create rewarding opportunities to help children to learn through play
  • Share your unique talents and develop new skills
  • Explore career options in the museum industry and expand your personal and professional network
  • Earn academic credit and/or community service hours 
  • Receive a 15% discount at The DoSeum Store
  • Receive a 10% discount at The DoSeum Café

Typical volunteer shifts include

  • Gallery Attendant
  • Exhibit Maintenance
  • Education Programs (ie. Camps, Family Workshops, Wee Doers)
  • Materials Preparation
  • Special Events (ie. Free Family Night, Tinkerfest, etc.)

We offer several different ways to volunteer with us

  • Short-Term (Commit to at least 10 hours of service, typically month-long or semester)
  • Long- Term (Commit to at least 30 hours of service, typically six months to a year or more)

 


Volunteer Opportunities 

General

NOTICE:  At this time, The DoSeum will not be able to accommodate for One-Time, Episodic Volunteer Opportunities. We will still accept volunteers for Short or Long-Term Service.

If you have any questions or concerns please email us at volunteer@thedoseum.org. For more information on our closure please visit our COVID-19 Response page.


Volunteer Opportunites 

Junior Doers (11- 13 years old)

  • These volunteers must be accompanied by an adult/chaperone over the age of 18. Chaperones will also need to complete a Background Check.
  • Designated Saturdays will be available for volunteers to be mentored/chaperoned by older volunteers.

General Program (14+ years old)

  • General Youth Program
  • Flexible service days, complete at least 30 hours in a year.

Specialty

  • If you are looking for an opportunity to use your own special skills to serve the Museum and its visitors in a unique way that we haven’t advertised, reach out directly to the Volunteer Services Coordinator at volunteer@thedoseum.org.

GROUP

NOTICE:  At this time, The DoSeum will not be able to accommodate for One-Time, Episodic Volunteer Opportunities. We will still accept volunteers for Short or Long-Term Service.

If you have any questions or concerns please email us at volunteer@thedoseum.org. For more information on our closure please visit our COVID-19 Response page.


Group Opportunities 
  • Great for Non-profit, Corporate, or High School/University Clubs
  • Group size can between 3 - 8 volunteers. 
  • Minimum of two (2) to three (3) hours of service
  • Only Free Family Nights volunteer opportunities available at this time.  Groups must schedule at least three (3) weeks in advance. 

Group Lead or Point of Contact should submit a Group Volunteer Request Form to schedule a volunteer shift.

Group Volunteer Request Form

If your group is interested in opportunities outside of Free Family Nights, the Group Lead or Point of Contact can submit a Waitlist Form. 

Group Waitlist Form 

DISCOVERY BY DOING

DISCOVERY BY DOING

October 10, 2020 - August 14, 2021 

Earn 100+ hours towards President Service Award.  Students in the program will complete a minimum total of 100 hours of volunteer service through designated training dates and weekly hours of service during the Summer and Fall/Spring cohorts. Training covers facilitation and engagement practices, STEM model activities, detailed exploration, and knowledge of The DoSeum galleries, hands-on activities, and presentations, as well as reflection/goal setting and professional development skills (leadership skills, college prep, resume, etc.). 

Application for the 2021-2022 Cohort will open Fall 2021. 

Looking to start volunteering now? See what General Volunteer opportunities we have available. 

 


Questions about the program? Contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator at volunteer@thedoseum.org or 210-212-4453 ext. 635

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION PROCESS

NOTICE:  At this time, The DoSeum will not be able to accommodate for One-Time, Episodic Volunteer Opportunities. We will still accept volunteers for Short or Long-Term Service.

If you have any questions or concerns please email us at volunteer@thedoseum.org. For more information on our closure please visit our COVID-19 Response page.


The volunteer management system we use is called Give Pulse, to access it you will create a free account using your email. Please note, if you are a parent submitting an application for your child, create a Give Pulse account under their name and email. 

To become a General Volunteer at The DoSeum:

  1. Complete and submit your application online. Please note, if you are a parent submitting an application for your child, create a Give Pulse account under their name and email.
  2. Complete required forms (these will be emailed after submission of application)
    1. Authorization Background Check Form (18+)
    2. Criminal History Minor Waiver Form (11- 17)
    3. Confidentiality Agreement Form (All volunteers)
    4. Volunteer Agreement Form (All volunteers)
  3. Complete an interview with the Volunteer Services Coordinator
  4. Attend required New Volunteer Orientation and Emergency Preparedness Training
     
Volunteer application

Steps 1-3 must be completed prior to acceptance into the volunteer program and attending Orientation

New Volunteer Orientations and Emergency Preparedness Trainings are held one a month. 

FAQs

Q. Are volunteers required to wear Masks due to COVID-19?

A.Yes, all volunteers are required to wear a mask or face covering during their shifts. Learn more about our reopening policies. 

Q: Does The DoSeum allow individuals to volunteer who need to complete Court Mandated Community Service?

A: No, The DoSeum does not allow Court Mandated Community Service.

Q: Does The DoSeum approve hours for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award?

A: Yes, The DoSeum is a Presidential Volunteer Service Award Certifying Organization.  

Q: What is the dress code to volunteer?

A: Physical appearance should be natural with no enhancements that may be inappropriate or scary for children.

  • All volunteers are expected to wear a DoSeum Volunteer shirt*, Volunteer Purple Vest**, and/ or group/corporate logo shirt that identifies you as a volunteer during their shift.
  • Appropriate pants are denim, khaki, or any colored pants. Capri style pants or shorts at or below the knee. No cargo pants.
  • Comfortable enclosed shoes; No flip flops.
  • Wear shirts without logos, if you do not own a DoSeum Volunteer shirt
  • Please refrain from see-through/lace tops, spaghetti straps, and low-cut tops.
  • Come well-groomed, showered with hair groomed. 
  • Tattoos- Visible body art or tattoos that are offensive or depict illegal activities are prohibited, no visible tattoos above the neck.
  • Piercing-Limited to ears, no other visible piercing allowed.
  • Clothing-neat and clean, no holes, rips, or tears.

 If volunteers are not in proper dress code attire, they may be asked to leave to the museum.

Q: Are cell phones or other electronics allowed during my volunteer shift?

A: Cell phones and other electronic devices (iPod, gaming systems, etc.) are not allowed when volunteers work in the galleries. They must be turned on silent and stored in lockers during volunteer shifts. If a phone is being used for alarm purposes, they may be allowed but volunteers are not allowed to actively use them in the gallery floors. Volunteers are welcome to access their phones during breaks.

Q: Is there specified parking for volunteers?

A:  Parking for volunteers will be off on Brackenridge Ave, alongside the fence area and/or staff parking lot. Volunteers will also be dropped off in this area to proceed into the staff entrance. More details will be given during Orientation.

Q: Does a Parent/Chaperone/Job Coach have to be present for volunteer shifts and/or orientation?

A: All minors, ages 11-13 must be accompanied by a Parent/Chaperone always. There are designated Saturdays where a mentor volunteer will be able to accompany. It is required for Parent/Chaperone/Job Coach to attend Orientation.

Q: If I am volunteering, can a friend come with me on my shift?

A: Friends or family (who are not chaperoning) should not attend a shift with you unless they are approved to volunteer, by completing the required forms and process to volunteer.

Q: Are my children (under 11) allowed to come with me on my volunteer shift (Individual or Group)?

A: If you are volunteering, you should not have your children present with you. If you would like them to visit The DoSeum, they will need to come in with another adult and pay admission.

Q. What type of training is required to start volunteering?

A. Volunteers will be required to attend the New Volunteer Orientation, which includes our COVID-19 procedures, as well as our Emergency Preparedness Training before they are able to start volunteering.


If you have any further questions, please contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator at volunteer@thedoseum.org or 210-572-0635.



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