We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to help us preserve our communities history. Due to space constraints we prefer volunteers available on Sunday-Thursday, 1:00-4:00pm
Archives Assistant – Work with our archival collections to assist with digitizing, transcribing and researching our extensive archives. Specific projects with the archives include digitizing newspapers (past and present); digitizing microfilm of a historic Maple Ridge newspaper (at the Maple Ridge library); transcribing handwritten records (must be able to read cursive). 2-4 hours a week.
Collections Assistant – Assist the curator in collections management of our extensive and exciting object collection. Specific projects with the object collection include object research on items from our collection which will be used in future exhibits; photographing objects in the collection for use in online exhibits (knowledge in photography is suggested, photographer will retain credit in publications and online usage). Training will include one-on-one lesson with the curator on the proper handling of artifacts. 2-4 hours a week.
Special Events and Outreach Support – Be an on call volunteer for off site events including community festivals, museum events, and museum programs. We have a number of community events that we do outreach for including Earth Day, Rivers Day, Canada Day, Tourism challenge etc. We would love to have people help with outreach by assistant at our booth education the general public about the museum and what we do.
We also have a number of community events and programs throughout the year at the museum and Haney House. These events include Music on the Wharf, the Cemetery Clean Up, and our Spooktacular Halloween Event. We would love to have assistance with these events helping to set up, doing crafts with kids, and helping to clean up at the end (Vulnerable sector background check required for this position). On call, seasonally.
Gallery Attendant – Assist museum staff with visitors on our open days. The museum is open Wednesday, Friday, Sunday from 1-4, and at Haney House Sunday 10-4. If you are interested in giving tours and chatting with people about the history of Maple Ridge and Haney House then we would love your assistance at either location during our open hours, particularly Haney House. You will receive training on doing tours. 4 hours shifts.
Other – If you have other skills you would like to add to the museum we would love to hear about them! We are open to individually designed and driven projects!
How to apply?
If you are interested in volunteering at either museum or events, please send us some information about yourself. Include your name, contact information, availability, and a brief description of your volunteer experience. Indicate which volunteer position you are interested in applying for.
If you would like to volunteer, call the Maple Ridge Museum 604-463-5311 or email Melissa at email@example.com