Volunteer

Do these traits describe you?

  • A willingness to learn
  • Dependability, initiative, and flexibility
  • A positive attitude
  • A dedication to The DoSeum’s mission and vision

If so, consider volunteering at The DoSeum!

Benefits of Volunteering
  • Academic or community credit
  • Gain work experience and develop personal and professional skills as you build your resume
  • Rewarding opportunity to work with children, share your talents, and learn new skills
  • Meet new people and gain leadership skills
  • 10% discount at the The DoSeum Store
  • Learn child development theories and techniques
  • Invitations to volunteer recognition events
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VOLUNTEER APPLICATION PROCESS

In order to become a volunteer at The DoSeum, please:
– Complete and submit an application online.
Your application will be reviewed by the Volunteer Services Coordinator. If it is determined that you are a good fit for volunteering at the museum, you will be contacted for an interview.

-Junior Volunteers fill out this application!

– Interview with Volunteer Services Coordinator.
The interview allows us to become more familiar with your skills, and what you hope to gain from this experience, as well as how you can benefit the museum. It is also a time to discuss your availability.

– Complete background check.
Individuals 18 and older must complete a background check. Individuals 17 and under complete a waiver form. This is a necessary step to determine if you meet the requirements to volunteer at the museum.

– Attend volunteer orientation and hands-on exhibit training.
The orientation will give you an overview of the museum, exhibits, programs, and special events.

JUNIOR VOLUNTEERS

The Junior Volunteer Program at The DoSeum provides children and students ages 11-13 years old with a fantastic learning experience in a fun, exciting environment. Serving as a junior volunteer is a great way to earn service hours, give back to the community, earn work experience, or to keep enjoying The DoSeum. Junior volunteers will be paired up with a mentor for training in exhibits and facilitation. Mentors are older volunteers who have been trained in all areas and have been with The DoSeum at least one year.

There are two (2) sessions a year for the program:

  • March-August
  • September-February

All trainings will be held on the second Saturday of each month.

Junior Volunteers must complete one session, attending all six (6) trainings, for a total of 12 hours. If you are applying to become a Junior Volunteer during the middle of a current session, you must wait to start until the following session. For example, an individual who submitted an application in May will not start the program until September.

Junior Volunteers may also volunteer outside of the scheduled trainings, but must be accompanied by a caregiver or adult over the age of 18. They must adhere to this until they reach 14 and are able to volunteer on their own.

For further questions, please contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator at 210-212-4453 ext. 635, or at volunteer@thedoseum.org.

In order to become a junior volunteer, please:

  • Complete the Junior Volunteer application. Make sure to apply in time to join one of our sessions, one starting in September, and the other beginning in March. We are currently accepting applications for our second session.
  • Interview with the Volunteer Services Coordinator.
  • You will be contacted by our Volunteer Services Coordinator, who will help you schedule your training.

POLICIES

You must complete all onboarding steps to begin volunteering at the museum.

-Submit an online application.

-Schedule and complete an interview with the Volunteer Services Coordinator. Interviews are scheduled Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays between 3:00pm and 5:00pm. Exceptions may be made based on availability of Volunteer Services Coordinator.

- Attend Orientation Training. Orientations are scheduled every third Saturday. Attendance is mandatory in order to begin volunteering.

-All required paperwork is submitted (online or in person at Orientation).

Volunteers must be on time to all shifts and sign in and out at the front desk. If you need to cancel a volunteer shift, you must update your schedule and/or contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator 48 hours in advance. If you fail to show up for your shift three times*, you will no longer be allowed to volunteer at the museum.

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

Cell phones* are not allowed when volunteers work in the exhibits. They must be turned on silent and stored during volunteer shifts. Volunteers are welcome to access their phones during breaks.

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.”

*Complete information on our policies will be provided after Orientation in The DoSeum Volunteer Handbook

GROUP AND CORPORATE

Group and corporate volunteers are needed for special events and materials preparation. We are happy to schedule a time for you and your group to come in and volunteer. For more information please contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator at lpayne@TheDoSeum.org. Point of Contact for the group must submit an application on behalf of the group. Please reference on boarding process.

SPECIALTY

Sometimes volunteers are looking for an opportunity to use their own special skills to serve the Museum and its visitors in a unique way that we haven’t advertised. If you would like to volunteer with us, but you don’t see the type of opportunity you’re looking for, contact our Volunteer Services Coordinator at lpayne@TheDoSeum.org.

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