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.
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.
COLLECTION VOLUNTEERS: Under the guidance of TMC staff, volunteers with specific training and skills may have the opportunity to work with our permanent collection on conservation and storage-related projects. Volunteers also assist Museum staff in the preparation of artifacts for exhibition.
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. They also organize the annual "More than Just a Yardage Sale," an important Museum fundraiser.
Apply for a Volunteer Position Today!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate that you are applying for an internship and include details of any academic requirements.