Our volunteers play a vital role in supporting the work of the Museum.
Museum London is one of Canada's leading museums and is responsible for the care and preservation of two collections: a significant art collection of more than 5,000 artworks and a material culture collection with more than 25,000 artifacts. It is also a premier tourist attraction.
Volunteers contribute to the Museum in different ways. Museum London recognizes a volunteer as an individual who provides his or her time and service to an activity that supports the objectives of Museum London and is authorized and sponsored by Museum London, and for which he or she receives neither a salary nor a fee from Museum London.
There are many volunteer opportunities at Museum London that include Tour Guides, special events, Museum Underground, film nights, children's public programming (PD days, summer and March Break camps) and research.
How to become a Volunteer
All interested volunteers fill out an application form, which are available at the reception desk of Museum London or as an attachment at the bottom of this webpage.
Candidates will be interviewed, and all volunteers go through a screening process that varies depending on the volunteer position. Screening procedures can include an application form, an interview, reference checks and/or a police records check.
Museum London volunteers can expect to have:
- A friendly atmosphere where volunteers are part of the team.
- Assignments that are meaningful and satisfying.
- Proper orientation to place and position.
- Adequate training, support and direction.
- The opportunity to be heard, to make suggestions, and be respected.
- The opportunity to decline a suggested placement.
- Recognition for work well done.
Volunteers are expected to:
- Have a sincere desire to volunteer and an understanding of the value of their volunteer contributions.
- Work as a team member with staff and fellow volunteers.
- Be willing to learn and to participate in orientation and training programs.
- Be reliable in the performance of their duties.
- Conduct themselves with dignity, courtesy and consideration toward others.
- Respect confidentiality of information.
Orientation and Training
In pursuit of excellence and investing in our volunteers, Museum London provides position-specific training and ongoing training opportunities for all our volunteers.
Supervision of volunteers will address the needs of both the volunteer and Museum London. Each volunteer will have an identified supervisor who will be responsible for consultation, feedback, support and direction.
Museum London wants participants to enjoy their volunteer experience safely and comfortably but volunteers must recognize that participation in any volunteer activity entails risks. All volunteers must sign a waiver of liability with the recognition that property owned by the volunteer or personal injury to a volunteer is not covered by Museum London. Volunteers should ensure that they have adequate property insurance as well as insurance for disabilities either through their employment or otherwise if self employed.
Volunteers are protected by, and subject to, Museum London policies.
Volunteers who do not adhere to the policies and procedures of Museum London, or fail to satisfactorily perform their volunteer assignment are subject to dismissal.
Museum London respects that volunteers are generously providing their time and expertise to assist Museum London in its operations, and works diligently to ensure that volunteers are appropriately recognized for their contribution.
Questions or to learn more about volunteering at Museum London can be directed to the Community Engagement Coordinator at 519.661.2500 ext 4263.