Volunteering & Internship Opportunities Support MIA

Join MIA in bringing Inuit art and people together

Volunteers help MIA by generously giving their passion, energy, and expertise. Although volunteer positions may not always be available, applications are always accepted. Once your application has been submitted, applicants with the required skills, interests, and availability will be contacted for an interview as volunteer positions become available. Interested candidates should possess an appreciation of art, a willingness to learn, a basic understanding of computers, and an interest in interacting with visitors at one of Toronto’s newest museums.

Volunteer positions

Visitor Services
Visitor Service volunteers are responsible for processing admissions, retail transactions, memberships and donations at the Museum of Inuit Art. They are experts on the benefits of our membership program, retail merchandise, and our coupon/pass-based entry to the museum. They are responsible for answering general inquiries on the phone and field calls/in-person guests for staff. They are also responsible for opening/closing the museum’s cash register. Visitor Service Volunteers should be well acquainted with the Waterfront area in order to provide clear and accurate directions.

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 the Visitor Service volunteers may include data entry or merchandising the gift shop.

Visitor Service volunteers work one regularly scheduled four hour shift per week, for a minimum of three months. Museum hours are 10:00am-6:00pm every day, and shifts are 10:00am-2:00pm and 2:00pm-6:00pm.

Visitor Engagement
Visitor Engagement volunteers are responsible for greeting visitors and providing orientation to the Museum of Inuit Art, its collection, exhibitions, and programs. They introduce visitors to the Follow Your Art program in particular and encourage visitors to participate in our Playing Favourites blog. They are responsible for opening/closing the museum space and doing periodic walks through the museum to ensure it is tidy and fully functional.

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 volunteers work one regularly scheduled four hour shift per week, for a minimum of three months. Museum hours are 10:00am-6:00pm every day, and shifts are 10:00am-2:00pm and 2:00pm-6:00pm.

Arts Assistant
Do you have a passion for making art? Volunteer in the museum’s M. and G. Thiel Educational Centre and assist with arts and crafts activities on weekends.
Docent
Assist with our School Visits program by giving guided tours of the museum.

For more information on volunteering at MIA, please contact the Volunteer Recruitment Officer at volunteer@miamuseum.ca. Please include a cover letter and résumé with all volunteer applications.

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!

For more information on volunteering at MIA, please contact the Volunteer Recruitment Officer at volunteer@miamuseum.ca. Please include a cover letter and résumé with all volunteer applications.

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.