The Museum relies on many committed individuals who volunteer their time and talents to help us keep our programs and operations running smoothly. Some are the first you see when visiting the Museum and others are hard at work behind the scenes helping the Museum staff with various tasks. We are always looking for new, enthusiastic volunteers who are interested in getting more deeply involved with the Museum by giving their time. Take a look below at our volunteer needs and see if something is of interest to you. We hope to welcome you soon as a volunteer to the Museum! To sign up as a volunteer, please contact Christina McField, Philanthropy and Membership Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601.960.1515, and she will send additional information based on your needs and interests.
Areas of Opportunity
The Museum needs Office Assistants to assist with general clerical and administrative duties. Store Assistants are needed to help with stocking and displays as well as gift wrapping during the holiday season.
Our Visitor Service Volunteers are, in many ways, the face of the Museum. They are the first people a visitor sees upon arrival to the Museum and are critical to ensuring that a visitor’s experience gets off to a good start. These volunteers help orient visitors to the layout of the Museum, answer questions about current exhibitions, assist with greeting group tours, and provide interactive activities to visitors upon request.
Distribution of Museum marketing materials (posters, push cards, calendars) across the Jackson Metro area and throughout our state is crucial to reaching our audience. There are opportunities within our Marketing and Communications department to assist with distributing materials to area businesses, schools, churches, and other public spaces, to state Welcome Centers and tourism partners, and at area events. Transportation required.
Educational Programs and Special Events
The Education Department at the Museum offers a variety of programming for its various audiences at the Museum as well as in local schools and at festivals. Volunteers are needed to assist with programs in the studio, such as Look & Learn with Hoot, The Museum School, Art in Mind, and Family Days. Depending on the time commitment you’re looking to make, you can volunteer on a consistent basis (based on the program) or on an as-needed basis for events like festivals. An interest in helping children is a bonus since many of our programs revolve around school-aged kids.
In addition to educational and exhibition-related programming, the Museum holds numerous special events each year including the monthly After Hours programming held every third Thursday. Volunteers are needed to help with setup and promotion before the event, as well as various staffing duties during the event itself, such as conducting surveys and helping to inform and direct visitors. A desire to interact and engage with the public is a plus.