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Museum Interpreter (Missouri History Museum)

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ORGANIZATION: MISSOURI HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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Are you passionate about ensuring that others feel welcomed and engaged in cultural institutions? Consider applying your passion, time, and skills as a museum interpreter!

Museum interpreters inspire and involve audiences by enriching the "drop-in" visitors’ experience. They engage visitors in meaningful conversations that interpret artifacts and exhibits; lead guided tours; answer visitors’ questions; facilitate short activities, such as gallery talks, History à la Cart, and more.

Applicants for museum interpreter positions should be able to commit to volunteering for at least two years and give a minimum of 30 hours of service per year or two to four shifts per month. These volunteer positions are competitive and include a more involved interview and application process.

Qualifications

MHS seeks friendly, outgoing individuals who are good listeners and have great customer service skills to become museum interpreters.

Special training is required. After new volunteer training and onboarding, museum interpreters must complete additional workshops and professional development seminars throughout the year that cover best museum practices, interpretive techniques, accessibility, and DEIA issues.

Average training time commitment:

  • New volunteer orientation (2-3 hours)
  • Shadowing shifts (10-15 hours)
  • Approximately 25 hours of continuing education workshops per year
  • Research and exhibit content familiarity (as needed)
  • Gallery talk and tour training (30-40 hours)
***Consistent weekend AM/PM and Weekday PM availability is especially desired***

Perks

As a museum interpreter, you’ll get to spend lots of time in our exhibits! You will receive training in best practices in museum interpretation and visitor engagement, as well as exhibit content and "behind-the-scenes" information.

  • Location: Missouri History Museum
  • Can volunteer remotely? No
  • Schedule: One or two shifts per week (for a total commitment of two to four hours per week)
  • Computer work required? Yes

2 Shifts

  • 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
    Missouri History Museum is seeking volunteer interpreters Tuesday - Sunday from 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM
    Missouri History Museum is seeking volunteer interpreters Tuesday - Sunday from 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
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About MISSOURI HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Location:

5700 LINDELL BLVD, SAINT LOUIS, MO 63112, US

Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT The Missouri Historical Society (MHS) serves as the confluence of historical perspectives and contemporary issues to inspire and engage audiences in the St. Louis region and beyond.

Description

Every day, volunteers at the Missouri Historical Society (MHS) help make the history of the St. Louis region more accessible to the entire community. They are an essential part of MHS’s success and its operation, putting their talents to work at the Missouri History Museum, the Library & Research Center, and Soldiers Memorial Military Museum.

MHS seeks to engage volunteers who will lend their time, passion, and skills to aid staff and programs that support our mission and values and who will serve as ambassadors for MHS in their community. The Missouri Historical Society Volunteer Office is committed to making our collections more accessible to the public, engaging audiences through relevant interpretation, and assisting in the advancement of MHS as a whole. We see the cultivation of volunteers as an activity that directly supports our mission to engage people in the St. Louis region and beyond.

CAUSE AREAS

Arts & Culture
Education & Literacy
Arts & Culture, Education & Literacy

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 2 shifts

WHERE

5700 Lindell BlvdSt. Louis, MO 63112

(38.64525,-90.28574)
 

SKILLS

  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Adult Education
  • History
  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteer interpreters work on a flexible schedule and serve daytime shifts during the museum's open hours as well as occasional evening events. Active volunteers serve 30 hours per year and interpreters must commit to at least 2 years of service.
  • After new volunteer training and onboarding, museum interpreters must complete additional workshops and professional development seminars throughout the year that cover best museum practices, interpretive techniques, accessibility, and DEIA issues.

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