Adult Volunteer Opportunities

 

Thanks for your interest in volunteering at Cincinnati Museum Center. Click here to fill out our volunteer application form today!

For information about our youth volunteer program, click here.

Mummies of the World
Opening Nov. 26

Share your love of science and history with others! This groundbreaking exhibition bridges the gap between past and present, showing how science can shed light on history, the study of medicine and cultures around the world. Features never-before-seen collection of objects and specimens.  

Volunteer Training: Saturday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. 

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Union Terminal Campaign

Volunteer positions for the Union Terminal campaign to be filled immediately:

  • Yard Sign Coordination
  • Door-to-Door Coordination
  • Phone Coordination
  • Surrogate Coordination

- Identify speaking opportunities
- Schedule surrogate appearances
- Distribution of talking points

  • 72-Hour Coordination

- Poll coverage plan
- Election Day volunteer recruitment and management

If interested, please contact: 

Chas Wiederhold
cwiederhold@cincymuseum.org
513-287-7047 

Holiday Programs

Love the holidays? Interacting with people of all ages in fun and interesting ways? Our Special Programs and Exhibits team is looking for volunteers who are flexible, engaging and energetic to lend a hand with a wide variety of holiday season programs.  

Department Orientation: Saturday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m.

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Learning Labs

Learning Labs give school groups the opportunity to investigate specific topics and take a closer look into subjects ranging from dinosaurs to simple machines, from archaeology to astronomy. Learning Labs create an immersive, highly interactive experience that allows every student to contribute, to be inspired and to learn. Learning Labs are designed for pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

Candidates should have a passion for lifelong learning and have the desire and ability to teach and facilitate learning in an informal educational environment. An education background and/or work experience is not necessary but encouraged. We are looking for volunteers who are self-motivated, flexible, patient, willing to learn and are customer service savvy. Volunteers must be outgoing, friendly and willing to work with fellow Learning Lab volunteers and staff.

Learning Labs are taught both in the museum’s exhibits and in the classrooms, so interested individuals must have a clear speaking voice and be able to interact with the public on the museum floor. Candidate should also be able to walk up and down several flights of stairs and navigate floors that are uneven and/or ramped while leading a group through the museum at a fairly quick pace. Physical requirements include the need to stand for long periods of time, move lightweight furniture and carry supply boxes up to 25 lbs. for short distances.

All resources including program supplies, write up for the program and background information will be provided.

Shift times: Volunteer shifts for Learning Labs vary since we are based off of reservations made by local schools. Volunteers are notified of programs at a minimum of two weeks out from the date of the program although monthly schedules are sent usually allowing for even earlier notice. In general, Learning Labs run Monday through Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Most Labs run one hour in length. Set up time before and clean up time afterwards varies based on the Learning Lab.

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Visitor Services

Visitor Services Ambassador
Our Ambassadors embody the essence of superior customer service. From first impressions to farewells, this group of volunteers make a positive and lasting impression on our visitors. Individuals must be outgoing, friendly and possess the ability to communicate with groups of all sizes and abilities. Duties will include assisting with welcoming guests and school groups, answering questions and providing directional information, assisting with table accommodations during lunch time, scanning tickets, checking Member Passes and distributing promotional materials.

Shift times: Morning and afternoon shifts available, seven days a week during Museum hours

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Museum of Natural History & Science            

Volunteer Exhibit Interpreter
The main responsibility of a Museum of Natural History & Science (MNH&S) team member is to ensure that all visitors have an engaging, educational, hospitable, and safe experience. Volunteers will obtain a general knowledge of, and interpret MNH&S exhibits and floor demonstrations, while rotating areas throughout the volunteer shift, including the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Discovery Lab by facilitating self-guided and hands on challenges.

An education background and/or work experience in science education, geology, environmental studies, biology, paleontology, math, physics, chemistry, or equivalent is not required, but highly encouraged. We are looking for outgoing, friendly, energetic individuals with a positive attitude who are willing to abide by current and future organization processes and procedures. Candidates should have the desire and ability to work with the public, particularly school groups and families, in an informal educational environment.

Candidates should also have the desire and ability to teach, present, and facilitate learning in an informal educational environment. You will be working in a team-oriented setting and should have effective communication, listening, and organizational skills. Basic computer comprehension is also encouraged as some exhibits do entail either iPad or desktop computer systems.

Candidate should be able to stand or sit for at least one hour or more. Candidate should also be able to walk up and down two flights of stairs and navigate floors that are uneven and/or ramped. There are occasional instances of lifting programs supplies, office supplies, and exhibit items. Items may weigh 10 pounds or more.

Shift times: Monday through Wednesday: 1 to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.

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Cincinnati History Museum                 

General Seamstresses
The Cincinnati History Museum is looking for qualified seamstresses to assist with the construction and repair of costume clothes and play clothing for kids. If you are interested and able to contribute one day per week, contact the office of Volunteer & Intern Services for a full description of this unique opportunity.

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Duke Energy Children's Museum    

Exhibit Interpreter
Volunteers in the Children's Museum interact with visitors in exhibit areas, facilitate educational activities, assist in monitoring safety and stimulate curiosity and learning in a fun environment. A friendly, warm personality is needed, along with the ability to work in a busy setting. Experience working with young children or a background in early education is a plus, but not a necessity.

Shift times: Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.; Sundays from 1 to 6 p.m.

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Photo by Phil Didion

 

Volunteer benefits

Volunteers are a vital part of what we do. Without this special group of dedicated people, Cincinnati Museum Center would not be able to fulfill its mission to “to inspire people of all ages to learn more about our world through science, regional history, and educational, engaging and meaningful experiences.” No prior volunteer experience is necessary—just enthusiasm and an avid interest in the activities and programs we offer.

Volunteer benefits include:

 

  • Being a part of a FANTASTIC Cincinnati Museum Center team
  • Becoming involved in an environment of life-long learning
  • Free admission to our three museums, OMNIMAX® and exhibits
  • Free parking
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Complimentary museum, theater and exhibit tickets for your immediate family
  • Gift Shop: 20 percent discount
  • Food Court: 30 percent discount
  • Invitations to select exhibit previews, special events and lectures
  • Professional development, training opportunities and work experience
  • Subscription to Mosaic, Cincinnati Museum Center’s member magazine

Click here to apply today! For more information, contact the Volunteer Services Office at 513-287-7025 or volunteer@cincymuseum.org.