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Become a volunteer

Dalnavert Museum and Visitors' Centre (DMVC) runs on the dedication of its volunteers. Our volunteers are the force driving our success. Without our committed community members, this historic home and community resource wouldn't exist.

If you're interested in getting involved, please take a minute to explore our volunteer descriptions below and discover how you can help DMVC continue to thrive. If any of them look interesting, send us an email at volunteerservices@dalnavertmuseum.ca telling us which position you're interested in and why you would like to work with us. If you're ready to submit an application, fill it out and attach it to the email.

The minimum age to volunteer is 14.

All volunteers will go through an orientation on the history of the house and visitor services. They will receive further training according to their duties.

For more information, email your questions to volunteerservices@dalnavertmuseum.ca or give us a phone call at 204-943-2835.

To apply:

  • Read over our job descriptions and pick which one you're interested in;

  • Download a volunteer application form and fill it out;

  • Write a quick note telling us which position you're interested in and why (only has to be a few sentences);

  • Email the note and the application to us at volunteerservices@dalnavertmuseum.ca.

Once we've received your application and your email, we'll get back to you within a couple of weeks to discuss the best way for you to be involved. If your skills or interests don't fit our current needs, we will hold your application for six months and contact you when a position opens up. 

You don't do email? That's fine! Give us a call at 204-946-2835.

As of June 2019 we are actively recruiting volunteers for the following positions:

Bartender
We are seeking to build a list of volunteers with their Smart Choices certificate (formerly Serving it Safe) to assist with bartending at special events. Volunteers will be comfortable with serving and selling drinks, and settling cash at the end of the night. Shifts are variable and depend on the event.

Care Team Volunteers
We are seeking a team of volunteers to help us take care of our most important artifact: Dalnavert itself. Under the direction of the Curator and collections staff, Volunteers may work in pairs or as a team on a semi-regular schedule to clean and care for various areas of the house. They will receive training in museum-approved cleaning methods (museum clean is not house clean!), and artifact handling. Volunteers must be able to climb stairs, carry cleaning equipment throughout the house, and have the dexterity to handle delicate artifacts. If you want to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes in a museum, this is for you!

Gardeners
We are seeking experienced gardeners to assist with the ongoing maintenance of our heritage gardens. Under the direction of our gardening team, volunteers will meet Wednesdays during the spring/summer to plant, weed, water, and do everything necessary to keep our gardens looking beautiful and healthy. Volunteers must be able to handle the physical aspects of gardening and be able to commit to regular hours. All applications will be forwarded to the gardening team.

Other Opportunities:

Front Desk – regular/special event
Volunteers will receive in-depth training on front desk operations, which include greeting visitors, answering the phone, and conducting and tracking gift shop transactions. Volunteers will be comfortable with customer service, handling cash, and using the computer. They will still receive an orientation on the history of the house, but will not be required to give tours if they are unable. Regular shifts are typically four hours for one day a week. Shifts are variable for special events.

Tour Guide - regular
Volunteers will receive in-depth training on the history of the house and how to give a tour, as well as front desk operations (e.g. answering phones, dealing with gift shop transactions). Tour Guides will be enthusiastic about history, have good oral communication skills (or would like to work on them), and able to climb stairs. Shifts are typically four hours, once a week. Guides are welcome to dress in Victorian-inspired costume if they wish, but it is not a requirement.

Tour Guide - Special Events/On Call
If you're interested in giving tours at Dalnavert but aren't able to commit to a regular shift, we would like to put you on our "on call" list. This includes assisting at special events, which typically involve front desk work, or acting as docents in the heritage house.

"On call" guides will receive in-depth training on the history of the house and how to give a tour, as well as front desk operations (e.g. answering phones, dealing with gift shop transactions). Tour Guides will be enthusiastic about history, have good oral communication skills (or would like to work on them), and able to climb stairs. Guides are welcome to dress in Victorian-inspired costume if they wish, but it is not a requirement.

Do you have a special skill that has Dalnavert's name on it? Let us know if you have an idea that's not on this list.