Volunteer

Volunteer With Us!
  • Do you love working with children and families?
  • Do you want to make a difference in our community?
  • Do you want to engage in joyful learning?
  • Do you want to 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 10% discount at The DoSeum Store and Café

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Typical volunteer shifts include:

  • Gallery Attendant
  • Exhibit Maintenance
  • Education Programs
  • Materials Preparation
  • Special Events
  • Birthday Parties

We offer several different ways to volunteer with us:

  • One-time service
  • Short-Term (Summer only, or less than six months of service)
  • Long- Term (six months of service to a year or more)

Youth Volunteer Opportunities 

  • 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.
  • Teen Doers 14- 17 years old
    • General Youth Program
      • Flexible service days, complete at least 30 hours in a year.
    • Specialty Youth Program: Discovery by DOing 
      • Grades 9th-12th (incoming freshman to outgoing senior)
      • Earn 100+ hours towards President’s Volunteer Service Award
      • Currently in our Pilot Session (Summer 2018), teens in this program will complete a minimum of 100 hours. The program will offer teens more interaction, responsibility and leadership roles within The DoSeum that will benefit them in their current and future goals. 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.
      • This program has a different application process, which includes providing references, short essay questions and participating in a group interview. The next cohort will begin in Fall 2018. Check back for application details in August.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

  • General Adult 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 Volunteer Services Coordinator.

Group Opportunities

  • Great for Non-profit, Corporate, or High School/University Clubs
  • Maximum of 20 individuals
  • Minimum of three (3) to four (4) hours of service
  • Weekday or weekends available, must schedule at least three (3) weeks in advance
  • Lead or Point of Contact should contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator at volunteer@thedoseum.org to schedule.

VOLUNTEER ONBOARDING PROCESS

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 FOR YOUR CHILD, CREATE THE ACCOUNT UNDER THEIR NAME AND EMAIL)

If you are only looking for a One-Time Service Opportunity for individual youth or adult, please register for an event here.

One-Time Service Events include:

  • Free Family Night: First Tuesday of every month
  • Workshop/Materials Prep
  • Special Events (as needed)

To become a General Volunteer at The DoSeum, please:

  1. Complete and submit your application online (PLEASE NOTE, IF YOU ARE A PARENT SUBMITTING FOR YOUR CHILD, CREATE THE 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

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

*New Volunteer Orientations are held on the third Saturday of each month

FAQs

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 polo shirt, gold vest (provided daily), or other designated volunteer shirtthat identifies you as a volunteer during their shift. Groups should wear their branded logo shirt.
  • Appropriate pants are denim, khaki or black pants. Capri style pants or shorts at or below the knee. No cargo pants.
  • Comfortable enclosed shoes; No flip flops.
  • Wear shirts without logosif you do not own a DoSeum polo shirt.
  • Please refrain from see-through/lace tops, spaghetti straps and low-cut tops.
  • Come well groomed, showered with hair groomed. 
  • Tattoos-Hide them while on the floor, 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 fence area and/or staff parking lot. Volunteers will then walk to front entrance. Volunteers being dropped off for shifts, may be dropped off at the front “drop off area” on Humprey St.

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.


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

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