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ORGANIZATION: National Museum of the American Sailor

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NMAS needs several volunteers to offer guided tours of the museum’s exhibits and walking tours of Naval Station Great Lakes. These volunteers have excellent communication skills and the ability to convey large amounts of naval history and information to a diverse group of visitors, which may include children. This position directly ties into the museum’s mission by educating visitors about the history of the Navy’s Enlisted Sailor.

This volunteer would be responsible for:

  • Cheerfully greets a tour group and orientates visitors to the museum.
  • Guide visitors while accurately providing a thematic, informative, and interesting tour of the museum’s exhibit galleries or walking tour of the historic district of Naval Station Great Lakes.
  • Answers questions asked by museum visitors or directs questions to museum staff when the volunteer does not know the answer.
  • Promotes other museum events and activities, including but not limited to, upcoming special events, online resources, and social media.
  • Checks in with Curator of Education, or Museum Technician when Curator of Education is not available, at the beginning and end of a tour.
  • Reports any irregularities or problems to the Curator of Education.

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About National Museum of the American Sailor

Location:

2531 Sheridan Road, Great Lakes, IL 60088, US

Mission Statement

As an official Department of the Navy museum under the Naval History and Heritage Command, the National Museum of the American Sailor’s mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of the United States Navy’s Enlisted Sailor for the benefit of the U.S. Navy and the people of the United States.

Description

NMAS will fulfill this mission by:

  • Serving as a vital part of the heritage training process for all Navy recruits and connecting them to the Navy’s long tradition of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. The institution also plays an important role in the Navy community by hosting naval traditions and activities that promote Naval Heritage to the greater community.
  • Collecting and exhibiting United States Naval history that is accurate, complete and unbiased.
  • Preserving the physical legacy and historical experiences of the Navy’s Enlisted Sailor for the benefit of the United States Navy and the general public.
  • Anticipating the United States Navy’s future historical needs by creating strategies and policies for the selection and acquisition of historical material.
  • Developing innovative and inspirational educational programs and exhibits that broaden and deepen public knowledge and appreciation of the significance of the United States Sailor.

CAUSE AREAS

Arts & Culture
Education & Literacy
Veterans & Military Families
Arts & Culture, Education & Literacy, Veterans & Military Families

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

2531 Sheridan RoadBuilding 42North Chicago, IL 60088

(42.31266,-87.84308)
 

SKILLS

  • General Education
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • History
  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking
  • Storytelling

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Docent shifts are as needed, but are approximately 1.5-2 hours in length, with one hour for the tour. A volunteer in this position will ideally work a minimum of one shift month, dependent upon scheduled tours. A three-month commitment is required.
  • • Excellent communication skills • Ability to interact with a diverse group of people • Comfortable with public speaking in front of small or large groups • Must be punctual & dependable

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