Volunteer at CMOSC

Current Volunteering Opportunities

 

Opportunity Type: Volunteer at Snow Days! 

Date(s): Saturday, January 19th and/or Sunday, January 20th and/or Monday, January 21st

Job Description: 

In January, 50 tons of fresh snow will be delivered to the Children's Museum of Sonoma County and maintained over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, creating a space for children to explore, build, create, and play outside. We are currently looking for volunteers to help us EACH day of this large event: Saturday, January 19th, Sunday, January 20th, and Monday, January 21st. Primary tasks will include supervising children at play, answering basic questions posed by guests, enforcing museum rules, directing parking lot traffic, helping with snow-related activities, and ensuring that guests are enjoying their visit. 

The following volunteer shifts are available:

Morning (general event volunteer): 8:00am - 12:30pm
Afternoon (general event volunteer): 12:00pm - 4:30pm

Morning (*toboggan hill volunteer): 8:00am - 12:30pm
Afternoon (*toboggan hill volunteer): 12:00pm - 4:30pm

*This volunteer position is very fun but requires repeatedly bending and squatting and also requires pushing young children and their caregivers down a toboggan hill.


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Opportunity Type: Museum Docent

Date(s): Any Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun

Time Frame: Morning shift: 10am-1pm OR Afternoon shift: 1pm-4pm OR a time frame mutually agreed upon

Job Description: The primary duties of this role include interacting with guests on the Museum floor, enforcing rules and policies, answering basic questions posed by guests, explaining the science behind exhibits, assisting guests in the art studio, assisting Playologists with programming when needed, and helping to ensure that guests are enjoying their visit to the Museum.

*Youth Volunteers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
**Volunteers who will be working with children are subject to a background check at Museum's expense.


Group Volunteering Opportunities

The Children's Museum welcomes the help of groups looking to make a difference together. Tasks range from general maintenance, to site clean-up, to special events, to helping install exhibits. Please email abby@cmosc.org for more information about upcoming needs at the Museum.

Potential Physical Requirements of Volunteers

  • Ability to lift at least 30 pounds

  • Comfortable being indoors and outdoors for extended periods of time

  • Ability to stand or sit for long periods of time

  • Ability to bend and kneel easily

  • Ability to make eye contact and smile – repeatedly

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County!


Volunteer Spotlight

Meet The Redwood Empire Garden Railway Society 

If it wasn’t for these four fabulous gentlemen, the Museum would not have its beautiful live train exhibit that spans almost the entire perimeter of the Science and Imagination Gallery. Jim, Bob, John, and Doug were vital contributors to the layout, design, and construction of the train track and even built the massive tunnel seen above the “Train Town” exhibit. However, Jim, Bob, John, and Doug’s volunteer service did not stop with the construction of the train track. For the last 5 years these four dedicated gentlemen have been coming into the Museum for about 2 hours per week (EVERY week) to clean and maintain the trains and tracks. Collectively they have clocked over 1,000 volunteer hours since they began volunteering at the Museum, and they help make Train Days an extra special event every summer.  

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If you have any questions or concerns, please email abby@cmosc.org, or call (707) 546-4069 x 109 for more information.