The Pauline K. Shaw Volunteer Program

The Museum offers opportunities for volunteers to gain exposure to Museum operations, and to contribute services to various departments.

Responsibilities are mainly assigned on weekend days and Friday early evenings. Volunteers should be able to commit to a minimum of four hours (approximately one day) per month over a six month period. The average shift is four hours long. Candidates should have an interest in the Museum and its programs, a flexible attitude, and an understanding that reliability is crucial.

Volunteers receive a complimentary year-long membership to the Museum, discounts at the Moving Image Store and café, and invitations to special volunteer-only events.

Roles and responsibilities vary by shift and may include:

Lobby Greeter
Greet and orient visitors as they enter the lobby; distribute information about Museum programs; assist Visitor Services with checking coats and crowd management; ensure program notes and lobby handouts are well stocked at desks; encourage visitors to sign up for Museum correspondence; log email addresses.

Gallery Assistant
Help to orient visitors in the galleries; provide information on exhibits; ensure visitors maintain reasonable distance from artifacts; alert security if there are technical problems with exhibits; assist with restocking materials.

Family Workshop Assistant
Help prepare materials and assist with group management prior to start of workshop; provide support to Museum educators during workshop; assist with clean-up; track visitor comments and email addresses.

Membership Desk
Answer visitor questions about Museum membership at the front desk; enroll new members; issue temporary membership cards.

Screenings and Events
Dispense tickets and program notes; greet visitors and answer questions about Museum screenings and programs; help to seat visitors in the theaters.

If you are interested in volunteering, please submit a resume and cover letter to: The Museum hosts group interviews on a seasonal basis. Qualified candidates will be contacted when the next interview session is scheduled.

*Note: some responsibilities require volunteers to stand for extended periods. Please indicate in your application if this is not tenable for you so alternate assignments can be made.

The Museum gratefully acknowledges Pauline Shaw, who developed and ran the Moving Image volunteer program after its building opened to the public in 1988.