Current Volunteering 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.
**Volunteers must be at least 15 years of age or older to volunteer at the Children’s Museum. Unfortunately, at this time, we are currently unable to enroll volunteers who are younger than 15 years of age.
**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 [email protected] 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!
Paula started volunteering at the Children’s Museum in January 2018. She helped out at Snow Days and loved the time she spent as a volunteer so much, she decided to become a regular volunteer at the Museum. Since then, Paula has been coming in every Thursday to support our Playologists on the Museum floor and has volunteered almost 200 HOURS! She is a valuable member of our volunteer team
What were your favorite activities as a child? I loved playing outside at the park and in creeks searching for tadpoles. I also loved swimming, jumping rope, bicycling, playing tag, and climbing trees. I also was a Girl Scout for 6 years and loved to read Nancy Drew mystery novels.
What is your favorite exhibit at CMOSC? I love the Head-to-Toe Medical Lab. As a registered nurse for 40 years working primarily in the pediatric and neonatal ICU, I enjoy teaching children about the incubator and its purpose, and showing children how to use a stethoscope and how to bathe and swaddle infants.
What do you love about volunteering at CMOSC? I love that the ambiance is inspiring, energetic, playful, and educational. I enjoy interacting with children and their families, and observing the negotiating struggles of parents trying to get their children to leave brings a smile to my face. To me this is evidence that the children are having a good time and the Museum and its wonderful and dedicated staff have provided a memorable experience.