Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

Smithsonian National Museum of American HistoryWashington, DC 20013

We have a lot of fun in Wegmans Wonderplace!

About

The National Museum of American History (NMAH) is looking for Volunteers to work in the first exhibition on the National Mall designed for the learning needs of children six and under. Volunteers will help museum visitors in Wegmans Wonderplace, a learning space designed especially for children ages six and under (and their adult companions) that will combine age appropriate activities with museum collections and touchable objects to provide a gateway to history and a place to exercise curiosity for the youngest historians. Wonderplace Volunteers will play an active role in:

  • Facilitating Meaningful Visitor Experiences: welcoming a diverse group of visitors and engaging in inquiry-based discovery at a variety of hands-on activity stations; using play to inspire and encourage children's and family's interest in history.

  • Assisting daily facility operations in Wonderplace: getting the space and hands on activities ready for visitor use; helping with some routine maintenance necessary to keep the space running.

    If You are Good at and Enjoy...

  • helping children six and under discover the world around them and starting them on the path to lifelong learning

  • supporting meaningful interactions between caregivers and children that serve as a stepping stone for connecting families with other exhibitions in the NMAH.

  • interacting with diverse audiences, age groups and learning styles

  • working in an often busy and changing environment

    If You Have...

  • interest in working in a hands-on, informal education space

  • strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • an interest in history and early childhood education

    If You are Able to...

  • commit to two 4-hour shifts/month, including weekends and holidays...

  • handle frequent walking, standing, bending and lifting...

Then we are the place for you!

Skills

  • People Skills

Good Match For

N/A

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum of 8 hours per month
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