Since its inception in 1975, the Textile Museum of Canada has been supported by dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers, who contribute their time, effort and talent. Volunteers contribute more than 15,000 hours annually - the equivalent of nine full-time staff positions.

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer Ambassador Pilot Project

 

Volunteer Ambassadors are present in the galleries to answer visitor questions, help with wayfinding, and invite participation in hands-on activities in the exhibitions. This new volunteer position will be piloted during the exhibition Tapestry of Spirit: Torah Stitch by Stitch, which runs from June 12 until November 17, 2019. We are looking for volunteers who can commit to biweekly 2.5-hour shifts. Please note that there will be a limited number of volunteer spots available.  

Reporting to the Visitor Experience and Volunteer Coordinator, this role will situate volunteers in the gallery space, interacting with visitors and animating the galleries.  

 

Responsibilities: 

Greet and welcome visitors to the galleries 

Respond to visitor questions and work as an advocate for the visitor while promoting the Museum’s values 

Promote membership and engagement with the Museum’s educational programs 

Attend in-service tours in advance of exhibit openings and maintain a thorough knowledge of the exhibits 

Circulate galleries and alert staff of any safety/object concerns 

Perform other duties as directed by staff 

 

Qualifications: 

Outgoing and friendly, with enthusiasm and interest in the Textile Museum of Canada 

Customer service experience/interest; prior retail, food service, hospitality, or museum work preferred 

Comfortable working independently 

Desire to work with the public and assist visitors from diverse backgrounds 

Ability to assert oneself when needed in order to enforce Museum policies and protect exhibit objects

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ONGOING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

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There are many ways to contribute to the Museum as a volunteer. Volunteering provides opportunities to interact with the public, work with TMC staff and develop an interest in textiles and museums.

RECEPTION: Every TMC visitor is greeted by a reception volunteer, who provides a warm welcome and an introduction to the Museum.

DOCENTS: Docent volunteers lead a variety of adult Museum tour groups including general public tours on Sundays at 2 p.m. and private tours booked by various local and visiting groups. Docents have a unique opportunity to learn about historical, cultural, political, and contemporary textiles from around the world and the techniques involved in textile production, and share their knowledge with interested visitors. To prepare, the docent group meets regularly to exchange ideas, research, and knowledge. With each new exhibition, docents receive background information and input from the curator and Education Programs Coordinator.

VOLUNTEER EDUCATORS: Volunteer educators support the Education Programs Coordinator in the facilitation of school programs for students from kindergarten through post-secondary, family drop-in programs hosted during school holidays, and outreach programs hosted at public venues across the city. Volunteer educators have the opportunity to lead tours of current exhibitions with connections to the Ontario curriculum and/or lead hands-on activities in the Museum’s interactive gallery Fibrespace. Monthly meetings are organized during the school year for ongoing training and knowledge building.

SHOP VOLUNTEERS: In a beautiful environment surrounded by textiles from around the world, a strong team of volunteers plays an important day-to-day role in the operation of our Museum Shop.

LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS: The H.N. Pullar Library, an important collection of reference works relating to hand-crafted textiles from all parts of the world, is staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers.

SPECIAL EVENTS: Volunteers provide hospitality assistance at various special events. 

WORKROOM/SALES: Workroom volunteers manage the receipt, pricing, transportation and storage of in-kind items delivered to the Museum at an off-site location. Each season volunteers price donations under such themes as beads, equipment, fabric, notions, quilting or yarn and prepare for sales. They assist in the preparation and delivery of annual and ad hoc sales drawing on donations in kind from a variety of sources including hobbyists, collectors and businesses. 

Volunteer Handbook

Internships

The Museum offers unpaid internships to students interested in exploring careers in the cultural sector. In addition to several ongoing positions listed below, candidates may submit expressions of interest for a customized placement.

Please send your letter of interest (indicating the type of experiences or area of work that interests you) along with a copy of your resume to hrsearch@textilemuseum.ca. Indicate that you are applying for an internship and include details of any academic requirements.