Become part of the BSM’s volunteer community!

 

The mission of the Bata Shoe Museum is to contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the role of footwear in the social and cultural life of humankind. It achieves this purpose by establishing and operating a public institution which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates, and exhibits material evidence related to the history of footwear and shoemaking for the purposes of study, education, and enjoyment.

Whenever possible the BSM tries to take the opportunity to thank the dedicated volunteers who make this museum possible.  Visit our Volunteer Recognition page to see what we’ve done lately!

 

 

The Bata Shoe Museum aims to contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the role of footwear in the social and cultural life of humankind. It achieves this purpose by operating a public institution which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits material evidence related to the history of footwear and shoemaking for the purposes of study, education and enjoyment. Volunteer docents help fulfill this mission by leading private tours for daycares, school groups, ESL classes, and adults.

Volunteer docents serve visitors to the Bata Shoe Museum by presenting accurate information of the history of the museum, the collection, and the architecture of the building. They deliver interactive educational programs that provide an enjoyable and meaningful experience for visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of ability. Guided tours are 1 – 1.5 hours in length.

Skills Required:
Age 18+
Fluency in English
Excellent communication skills and comfortable with public speaking
Reliable and punctual
Ability to learn accurate, detailed information and present it effectively to diverse audiences
An interest in history, art, fashion, culture, and/or education
Basic computer skills, including the use of email
Experience using tablets/iPads an asset
Courtesy, respect, and patience with visitors
Experience teaching, previous gallery or museum experience an asset
Energy and enthusiasm!


Training:
New volunteers will receive training on the skills and responsibilities of docents, including presentation techniques, tips on working with various age groups, grade K-12 curriculum connections, object-based learning, gallery and hands-on collection content, and program policies. Volunteers will be invited to participate in additional in-service training and docent enrichment opportunities throughout the year. One-on-one support from BSM Education staff is always available!

The Introductory Docent Training Program consists of ten (10) sessions and meets twice weekly. There will be two sessions available for volunteers to choose from.  Please check back in August 2018 for dates for the next round of sessions.


Time Commitment:
After successful completion of the docent training program, volunteers are asked to commit to leading at least one tour (2 hours) per week for a minimum of one year.


Benefits:
Many of the Museum’s volunteers benefit personally and professionally by giving back to the community, meeting new people, networking with museum staff and volunteers, and gaining work-related skills.

The Bata Shoe Museum recognizes the significant contribution its volunteers make by holding volunteer appreciation events, nominating volunteers for Ontario Volunteer Service Awards; and by providing discounts in the Museum Shop, complimentary admission to many Toronto museums and attractions, tickets to selected BSM lectures and events, and numerous milestone awards for continuous service.
To apply for this position, email your cover letter and resume to:

Andrea Field
Manager of Education and Volunteer Resources
andrea@batashoemuseum.ca

 

 

Position: Front Desk Volunteer

 

The Bata Shoe Museum aims to contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the role of footwear in the social and cultural life of humankind. It achieves this purpose by operating a public institution which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits material evidence related to the history of footwear and shoemaking for the purposes of study, education and enjoyment.

Front Desk Volunteers serve visitors to the Bata Shoe Museum by performing the following duties:

-greet visitors and give directions to galleries and facilities

-sell admission tickets and shop merchandise using a Point of Sale computerized touch screen system

-distribute activity kits to child visitors
-process Friends of the BSM applications (formerly membership)

-re-stock gift shop merchandise as directed

-contribute to security by surveying the gift shop and entrance areas

-answer telephone and re-direct calls as necessary; locate staff by telephone

-receive mail/deliveries and enter information into a receiving log

-assist visitors with special needs

Skills and Requirements:

Age 18+

Fluency in English; additional languages an asset

Work as part of a two-person team

Customer-service oriented

Excellent communication skills and comfortable with speaking to the public

Show courtesy, respect, and patience with visitors, staff and fellow volunteers

Reliable and punctual
Experience in a retail and/or cultural setting

Cash handling an asset

An interest in retail, tourism, history, art, fashion, or culture

Basic computer skills, including the use of email

Positive and friendly!

Time Commitment: A minimum of one 3.5 hour shift every other week for one year. Shifts are from 10am-1:30pm or 1:30pm-5pm from Monday to Saturday, 12pm-2:30pm or 2:30pm-5pm on Sunday, and from 4pm-8pm on Thursdays.

Benefits: Many of the Museum’s volunteers benefit personally and professionally by giving back to the community, meeting new people, networking with museum staff and volunteers, and gaining work-related skills.

The Bata Shoe Museum recognizes the significant contribution its volunteers make by holding volunteer appreciation events, nominating volunteers for Ontario Volunteer Service Awards; and by providing discounts in the Museum Shop, complimentary admission to many Toronto museums and attractions, tickets to selected BSM lectures and events, and numerous milestone awards for continuous service.

To apply for this position, email your cover letter and resume to:

Andrea Field, Manager of Education and Volunteer Resources

andrea@batashoemuseum.ca

Please include the following information in your cover letter:

-why you are interested volunteering with the Bata Shoe Museum

-how your qualifications, interests, and experience match this position

-your availability; shifts are from 10am-1:30pm or 1:30pm-5pm from Monday to Saturday, 12pm-2:30pm or 2:30pm-5pm on Sunday, and from 5pm-8pm on Thursdays.

Have fun and help others, be part of Toronto’s most unusual Museum, and get your Community Service Hours!

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Student volunteers help staff and other volunteers make the museum fun and interactive for kids of all ages.  Volunteers greet kids and parents and lead arts & craft activities.

1. Halloween Family Program
Description: Lead arts and craft activities for children
When: Saturday October 28, 2017 & Sunday October 29, 2017

2. Christmas Family Program
Description: Lead arts and craft activities for children
When: Sunday December 17, 2017

3. Family Day Fun Program
Description: Lead arts and craft activities for children
When: Monday February 19, 2018

4. March Break Family Program

Please note: All 2018 March Break Volunteer spaces have been filled. Please check back in September 2018 for new opportunities

Description: Lead arts and craft activities for children
When: Saturday March 10-Sunday March 18, 2018
Minimum Commitment: Youth Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of four full days over March Break

Skills and Requirements:
-age 14-17
-enjoy arts & crafts and working with people
-like working in a busy environment
-have experience with children (i.e. babysitting, camp leader, etc.)
-punctual and reliable
-courteous and respectful
-have lots of energy and enthusiasm!

Why Volunteer? Meet new people, gain skills and experience, help the community, and get your community service hours!

To apply for this position, download the Youth Volunteer Application Package found here.