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

NEW! Party on the Promenade Event Volunteer
Description:
To celebrate the completion of the waterfront revitalization project and formally open the Queens Quay West street back to the public a large 3-day festival called Party on the Promenade has been organized. The festival will feature a parade down the new street, live performances by dancers and musicians, food stations and various activities for the public to participate in. Over the course of the event, tents will line the street to display all the local businesses and cultural institutions that call the waterfront home. The Museum of Inuit Art is looking for energetic volunteers who are interested in helping to promote the museum as part of the tent displays.

Volunteers would be responsible for:

  • assisting with setting up/ taking down the MIA display table
  • articulating the MIA’s mission and mandate
  • providing art activity instruction to visitors
  • handling pieces from the museum’s Educational Collection
  • distributing 2-for-1 guest passes to visitors
  • answering general inquiries about the museum and Inuit art
  • promoting memberships and newsletter sign-ups for future events

Duration:
June 19: 6 pm – 10 pm
June 20: 12 pm – 10 pm
June 21: 12 pm – 7 pm

Commitment:
Minimum one 4-hour shift during the festival.

Contact:
Please sent a cover letter and resume to Brittany Holliss at  volunteer@miamuseum.ca

NEW! Pan Am and Parapan/ Aboriginal Pavilion Event Volunteer
Description:
To coincide with the Pan Am and Parapan American Games taking place in Toronto this summer, an Aboriginal Pavilion will be hosted at Fort York (Garrison Commons). This Pavilion will showcase Aboriginal arts, culture, and sports throughout game-times and will offer Ontarians and visitors a space to come together to celebrate the Games and learn more about Aboriginal culture and achievements.

The museum of Inuit Art is looking for energetic and friendly volunteers to assist us with off-site programming and interpretation. Volunteers would be responsible for:

  • setting up/ taking down the MIA pavilion booth
  • providing art activity instruction to visitors
  • handling pieces from the museum’s Educational Collection
  • articulating the MIA’s mission and mandate
  • distributing 2-for-1 guest passes to visitors
  • answering general inquiries about the museum and Inuit art
  • promoting memberships and newsletter sign-ups for future events

Duration:
July 10 to 26 and August 7 to 14

Commitment:
Minimum one 4-hour shift during the festival.

Contact:
Please sent a cover letter and resume to Brittany Holliss at  volunteer@miamuseum.ca

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.

Young Canada Works

Please note that this position is no longer open. We will not be accepting any applications at this time and only successful candidates will be contacted. New positions will be posted online as they become available.

Internships and Work Placements

Please note that this position is no longer open. We will not be accepting any applications at this time and only successful candidates will be contacted. New positions will be posted 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

Description:
MIA encourages the widest possible access to the collections entrusted to its care. While understanding that there are barriers to access at all levels of museum service, MIA acknowledges that all people have a fundamental right to enjoy the museum’s services. The Accessibility volunteer position provides a great opportunity for those with experience in accessibility to put their skillset to use, and help our staff to see that MIA reaches the optimum level of access to its collections and enables independence of use of its public facilities to the widest spectrum of people.

Volunteers will 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.

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

  • Background reading on Inuit art and culture
  • Provide tours (or secure volunteer interpreters to provide tours) using American Sign Language
  • Assist in the accessibility training of MIA’s volunteer base
  • Ensure all website content (ie. Image content, closed captioning of video, transcription of audio) and print material (ie. Labels, text panels, handouts) within the museum space adheres to accessibility requirements laid out in legislation, including the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005

Shift Times: TBD 

Design

Description:
The Design volunteer position is a great opportunity for emerging designers to obtain practical experience developing content for both print and online promotional materials.

Responsibilities:
The key focus of this volunteer position will be assisting the production of the promotional materials for upcoming events, exhibitions, and programs at MIA, including but not limited to postcards, posters, brochures, and logos. The design volunteer may also assist in the production of small museum publications such as designing newsletters, reports, and catalogues. The position will involve the following tasks:

  • Background reading on Inuit art and culture and previous MIA publications
  • Training around the museum’s style guide, website and social media platforms by staff
  • Training on accessibility and ensuring all design work adheres to accessibility standards
  • Designing promotional materials on a weekly basis
  • Designing special membership newsletters on a monthly basis
  • Designing other publications as needed

Shift Times: TBD 

Development

Description:
The Development volunteer position will provide skills in donor relations, communication and event planning within the non-profit sector.

Responsibilities:
The key focus of this volunteer position will be assisting with the development program at MIA. The Development Volunteer will gain experience in fundraising, special event planning, and general aspects of non-profit development. The position will involve the following tasks:

  • Research individual prospects, new sponsor partnerships and donor prospects
  • Assist with maintaining the organization’s donor database
  • Work on special projects related to development including donor solicitations and mailings
  • Connect with current confirmed donors to confirm donor agreements
  • Assist with aspects of special events such as sponsor recruitment, securing donations for silent auctions, assembling packets and goodie bags, tracking donations and finalizing a venue and caterer

Shift Times: TBD 

Digitization and Photography

Description:
The Digitization and Photography volunteer position will provide skills in object photography and digitization of collections.

Responsibilities:
The key focus of this volunteer position will be assisting the Curator in photographing the MIA collection. Currently, MIA has a number of objects that need to be catalogued, photographed and inputted into a database. The Digitization and Photography Volunteer will complete full object photography and edit images so they are ready to be used in future publications, such as promotional material and catalogues. The volunteer will also assist the Museum of Inuit Art in launching its page on the Google Art Project. Additional tasks and roles include:

  • Background reading on Inuit art and culture
  • Training around object handling and photography by staff
  • Photographing the art objects currently in the MIA collection and MIA gift shop
  • Editing images using Adobe Photoshop and proper file naming
  • Uploading images to online platforms (such as MIA’s website, Artefacts Canada and art.sy)
  • Completing documentary photographing of exhibitions, special events, and programming as needed
  • Support staff in the development of online exhibitions and the integration of AR in the museum

Shift Times: TBD 

Marketing and Public Relations

Description:
The Marketing and Public Relations volunteer position will provide skills in writing for both print and online media, public relations and marketing.

Responsibilities:
The key focus of this volunteer position will be assisting in the promotion of upcoming events, exhibitions, and programs at MIA. The Marketing and Public Relations Volunteer will establish relationships with the media by hosting media previews, calling local media outlets to get personal contact information, following up on media advisories to ensure attendance and creating a list of submission deadlines of various publications in which MIA could be featured. The position will involve the following tasks:

  • Background reading on Inuit art and culture
  • Training around the museum’s style guide and social media platforms by staff
  • Submitting free online listings
  • Preparing press releases, media advisories, and media kits
  • Writing content for our monthly newsletters
  • Assisting in the establishment of a marketing plan for the museum
  • Circulating promotional materials to partners, stakeholders, and local community groups and organizations

Shift Times: TBD