Museum Volunteering

Volunteering at the Museum

Becoming a volunteer can be personally rewarding and help you to learn new skills or give something back to your community. There are many ways to volunteer at the Woodstock Museum National Historic Site. Volunteers can choose from many different opportunities. 

Steps to Become a Volunteer

  1. Submit a completed paper Volunteer Application form available at the front desk.
  2. A staff member will contact you for a volunteer interview when positions are available to:
    • confirm your availability;
    • outline your skills and interests;
    • review volunteer position opportunities and requirements;
    • establish a suitable volunteer placement.
  3. Attend a general volunteer orientation session.
  4. Complete specific training for your placement with an experienced volunteer and/or staff.

If you are interested in volunteering or have more questions, please contact the Education Officer by email or by phone at 519-537-8411 ext. 2903.


What kind of work can I do at the Woodstock Museum?

We aim to match your interests and skills with the specific requirements of different volunteer opportunities. You'll be consulted about where you'd prefer to work as a volunteer. We'll also talk to you about the skills, interests, values or ambitions that you'd like to match with your volunteering opportunities. Opportunities in education, collection work, exhibit preparations, research and reception are available for those wishing to volunteer. There are many ways to volunteer depending on how much time you can spare. Full-time, part-time, evening and special event volunteering are options.

Examples of just a few of the ways you can volunteer are:

  • Leading games at our PA Days, March Break or Summer Camp
  • Working with the artifact collection or exhibits
  • Researching local history topics
  • Working on community projects

I need 40 hours of volunteer time to graduate, can I complete them at the Museum?

If you require a set amount of volunteer hours for school or a service requirement please contact the Education Officer to set up a time to meet and discuss your time frame. There are many opportunities to get your volunteer time either completed quickly or over a longer time.

Are there age restrictions? 

You are never too old or young to volunteer and your age may in fact make you more suitable for some kinds of volunteering. When volunteering for a not-for-profit organization the usual minimum age is 18. However, school mandated volunteering and the appeal for young people to volunteer at the Museum has given us the opportunity to have young volunteers from age 14 to 18 volunteer with a parent or guardians approval. 

Do I need references?

The Woodstock Museum requires reference contact details, depending on the volunteer role. Before referring you to a particular volunteering opportunity, we'll talk to you about any references that the Museum requires.

Do I need to have a police check?

Volunteer roles that involve working with vulnerable people, such as the frail aged or children, require careful screening. Police and "Working with Children" checks protect your safety as well as the clients of the Museum. The type of check depends upon the volunteer role; you'll be advised if a check is required to undertake the role.

Will volunteering cost me anything?

It does not cost anything for individuals to volunteer at the Museum. If there are supplies required for you to complete a project we will provide you with what you need. There are parking spaces close to the Museum that are 2 hours of free parking as well as a lot that is $1 for the entire day. Bus routes run by the Museum and we are located in the heart of downtown Woodstock, walking distance to schools, the Library, Art Gallery, restaurants and all amenities.

Contact Us

© 2017 City of Woodstock P.O. Box 1539, 500 Dundas Street, Woodstock, ON N4S 0A7


Phone: 519-539-1291
Email: General Information

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