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.

Volunteer positions

Those interested in applying for volunteer positions should submit a cover letter and résumé to 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

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

This year the museum has applied for two Young Canada Works summer positions.
Please note that the availability of all YCW positions are dependent on approved funding.

YCW Digital Content Officer

Description:

The key focus of this position will be assisting staff in the marketing of museum initiatives. Specifically, the Digital Content Officer will work on creating and maintaining an online presence for the Museum of Inuit Art through our social media accounts, the blog and our institutional website.

The Digital Content Officer will also assist the Museum of Inuit Art in reducing its backlog of data entry. Currently, MIA has a number of object records and media files that need to be transcribed and inputted/uploaded into a collections database. During the course of the summer that role will involve completing transcription of records and editing images.

Other tasks may include taking photographs of exhibition installation, special events and programs for documentary purposes. All photographs will potentially be used in museum publications (such as our newsletters and catalogues) and in promotional materials.

Qualifications:

  • Eligible under the Young Canada Works Program
  • A strong interest in working in a museum
  • Be pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in marketing, information studies, museum studies, or a related field
  • Previous experience with social media and collections databases
  • Strong attention to detail and communication skills
  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize in order to meet deadlines
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to interpret and synthesize large amounts of information
  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Previous experience in audio and video editing, and transcription considered an asset
  • Previous experience handling and working with museum objects is considered an asset
  • A foundational knowledge of Inuit art considered an asset

Compensation: $11.25 per hour

Commitment: May to August (16 weeks)

Application Process: Deadline is April 17, 2016. Please email your cover letter and resume to Brittany Holliss at bholliss@miamuseum.ca .

YCW Visitor Services Officer

Description:

The key focus of this position will be assisting staff in evaluating and revamping its volunteer coordination program. The day-to-day workload will be by split across surveying volunteers, reviewing our recruitment strategy and training manuals and researching alternative strategies and volunteer program structures. This position will also assist staff with volunteer recruitment and training to test out new methods. Tasks will include posting volunteer opportunities, reviewing applications, completing interviews and training new volunteers.

The Visitor Services Officer will also assist in the everyday operations of front desk, from processing admissions and membership to promotion onsite programming.

Qualifications:

  • Eligible under the Young Canada Works Program
  • A strong interest in working in a museum
  • Pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in art history, visual arts, museum studies, or a related field
  • Experience working in a customer service role in a cultural setting
  • Have an outgoing or friendly nature
  • Strong attention to detail and communication skills
  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize in order to meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel
  • Enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds
  • Fluency in French is considered an asset
  • Previous experience promoting programs and working with volunteers is considered an asset
  • A foundational knowledge of Inuit art considered an asset

Compensation: $11.25 per hour

Commitment: May to August (16 weeks)

Application Process: Submission deadline is April 17, 2016. Please email your cover letter and resume to Brittany Holliss at bholliss@miamuseum.ca .

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 with expertise in these areas to start immediately and are asking for a commitment of one to two days a week. These opportunities are perfect for emerging professionals looking build their skills with minimal supervision and add significant projects to their portfolios.

Please demonstrate in your resume, cover letter and portfolio how you’ve acquired the knowledge and skills that would contribute to the projects listed below.

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