Volunteer & Internship Opportunities Support MIA

Join MIA in bringing Inuit art and people together

Are you looking for a way to participate and give back to the local arts community? Join our volunteer team! Volunteers help MIA by generously giving their passion, energy, and expertise in several different departments. Review the following categories to see how you can become a part of the MIA.

Those interested in applying for volunteer or internship positions should submit a cover letter and résumé to Brittany Holliss at volunteer@miamuseum.ca.

Volunteer positions

Visitor Services
Description:
Volunteers have the opportunity to contribute to the daily operations of the museum, gain customer service experience, and learn about Inuit art and culture.

Visitor Service Responsibilities:

  • processing admissions, donations and retail transactions
  • experts in the museum membership program
  • answer general inquiries on the phone and field calls/in-person guests for staff
  • Volunteers should be well acquainted with the Waterfront area in order to provide clear and accurate directions

Shift Times: Daily from 10AM-2PM or 2PM to 6PM.
Commitment: Minimum one 4-hour shift per week for six months.

Visitor Engagement
Description:

Volunteers have the opportunity to contribute to the daily operations of the museum, gain customer service experience, and learn about Inuit art and culture. Other tasks for Visitor Engagement volunteers may include conducting visitor studies or taking photos of visitors in our space.

Visitor Engagement Responsibilities:

  • greeting visitors and providing orientation to the Museum of Inuit Art, its collection, exhibitions, and regular programs
  • facilitate special programs (Family Day, March Break, Winterfest, etc.)
  • introduce visitors to the Follow Your Art program
  • encourage visitors to participate in our Playing Favourites blog
  • responsible for opening/closing the museum space and doing periodic walks through the museum to ensure it is tidy and fully functional

Shift Times: Daily from 10AM-2PM or 2PM to 6PM.
Commitment: Minimum one 4-hour shift per week for six months.

Arts Assistant
Description:

Volunteers have the opportunity to contribute to both daily operations of the museum and participate in private tour bookings which include Hands-On elements and art activities using pieces from the museum’s Educational Collection and make connections to the Ontario school curriculum. Volunteers will also able to present art activity projects on a monthly bases to museum staff who may implement the project in the future.

Arts Assistants Responsibilities:

  • greeting visitors, encouraging them to participate
  • demonstrating the art activity
  • assisting with the construction
  • ensuring the safety of visitors by properly handling and monitoring any tools and equipment
  • discussing the connection between the art activity and the larger museum permanent collection and Inuit art field

Shift Times: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from 12NOON-4PM
Commitment: Minimum one 4-hour shift per week for six months

Docent
These positions have been filled. Please check back in the fall for additional postings.
Exhibition and Festival Guide
Description:

During the Planet IndigenUS festival, MIA will be offering a selection of activities for museum visitors to participate in. These programs include, but are not limited to; self-guided tours, art activities, and a live performance by Inuit artists preceded by a Question and Answer period.

Responsibilities:

Volunteers interested in participating at the museum during the festival would be responsible for:

  • greeting visitors to the museum and directing them to the performance area
  • promoting the self-guided tour and arts activities
  • processing ticket and membership transactions
  • learning the assigned interpretive materials related to the self-guided tour, performing artists, and history of the MIA and it’s art collection
  • answering visitors questions about the guided tours and Planet IndigenUS festival
  • directing museum visitors to their seats and assisting with general way-finding
  • photographing the event and recording Media Release forms

Time Commitment:
Saturday August 8th, 2015.

Exhibition Guide

Description:

In November 2015 the MIA will be hosting a solo exhibition featuring the work by Inuit artist Abraham Anghik Ruben. To best facilitate visitors through the duration of the show, the museum is seeking knowledgeable and passionate volunteers to assist with several tasks.

Responsibilities:

Volunteers interested in participating at the museum during the exhibition would be responsible for:

  • greeting visitors in the exhibition space
  • learning the assigned interpretive materials related to exhibition, and MIA museum history
  • answering visitors questions about the artist and collection of works on display
  • enforcing museum policies and procedures to ensure visitor comfort and enjoyment

Shift Times: Daily from 10AM-2PM or 2PM to 6PM.
Commitment: Minimum one 4-hour shift per week for six months beginning late October/early November.

Internships and Work Placements

Please note that we have currently filled all available spaces for both internship and work placement opportunities. We will not be accepting any applications for either internship or work placements at this time and will post new positions online as they become available.

Lend your expertise!

These project-based volunteer positions provide opportunities for individuals with specific skill sets to make a meaningful contribution to a local, community-focused museum. We are looking for individuals to start immediately and are asking for a commitment of one to two days a week. These opportunities are perfect for emerging professionals looking to add significant projects to their portfolios!

Accessibility
Assist in the integration of MIA’s Access Policies into the core of the operations of the museum. This position will revolve around completing an accessibility assessment of MIA, as well as assisting our staff with updating policies to satisfy the requirements laid out in pertinent legislation.

Learn more about the Accessibility volunteer position.

Collections Management
You will catalogue, photograph, and enter collections information into a CollectionSpace database. This volunteer position involves the care and preservation of a collection composed of a variety of materials, from very robust stone to sensitive materials such as ivory, ossified whalebone, paper, and textiles.

Learn more about the  Collections Management volunteer position.

Design
Assist in the production of promotional materials for upcoming events, exhibitions, and programs at MIA, including but not limited to postcards, posters, brochures, and logos.

Learn more about the Design volunteer position.

Development
Assist with the development program at the Museum of Inuit Art. This position will involve gaining experience in fundraising, special event planning, and general aspects of non-profit development.

Learn more about the Development volunteer position.

Digitization & Photography
Assist the Curator in photographing MIA’s collections. This position will involve completing full object photography and image editing so that photographs are readily available for use in future publications such as promotional material and catalogues.

Learn more about the Digitization & Photography volunteer position.

Marketing & PR
Assist the Public Programming and Development Coordinator in promoting the museum, exhibitions and upcoming special events. This position will involve preparing media releases and advisories and assisting in the development of a marketing plan.

Learn more about the Marketing & PR volunteer position.