The Volunteer Program has a range of rewarding and interesting volunteer positions. These positions also offer a variety of work schedules, recognizing diverse volunteer lifestyles. Placement in any particular volunteer position depends on the volunteer's interests, skills, qualifications and time schedule, as well as the needs of the museums. All volunteer positions have a written position description that outlines the major duties and responsibilities to be carried out by the person holding that position. Due to space limitations, complete position descriptions are available through the Volunteer Program Administrator. 


In recognition of the valuable contribution volunteers make to the museums, the museums provide the following benefits:

  • Enhance lifelong learning opportunities through museums' training sessions/workshops
  • Recognition events in appreciation of volunteers' participation, and dedication to the museums
  • Burlington Museums Board Years of Service pins for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years and Hours of Service pins for 100 and 250 volunteers hours contributed annually.
  • Ontario Volunteer Service Awards for 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service
  • Youth Heritage Awards
  • Access to free tea/coffee & "treats" (when available) while working at the museums
  • The opportunity to share existing skills and develop new skills
  • The opportunity to socialize at various volunteer meetings and social gatherings
  • A volunteer newsletter sent out 5 times a year
  • A letter of reference from the Volunteer Program Administrator, including length of service and contribution made to the museums
  • Use of research facilities

Volunteer Opportunities

Tour Guide     

Leading individuals / groups / school groups on tours of Museums

  • Tue-Fri (morning/afternoon)
  • Sun (afternoon)


Education Programs Assistant

Assist the Education staff with setup / cleanup of programs / craft component / museum/gallery tour.

  • Weekdays (morning or afternoon)
  • Min. 2 shifts a month


Conservation Assistant    

Examine artifacts & archives, Sketch / photograph, record, pack artifacts

  • Weekdays


Collections Cataloguer / Registrar

Apply accession numbers to accepted artifacts, Research objects, Data entry into computer

  • Weekdays
  • Sunday (afternoon)
  • 1 shift a week


Exhibits Assistant

To assist with installation and dismantling of exhibits both on site and off site. May include research and exhibit preparation.

  • Weekdays



May include one or more of the following: Maintenance and inventory of library collection, Data entry into computer

  • Weekdays
  • Sunday (afternoon)



Conduct research / document & compile data / input into computer

  • Weekdays
  • Sunday afternoons ~ may also work off site


Special Events Support

Assist with any of the following: Set up and clean up of event, Staff activity tables, Serve refreshments, Barbecuing, Crafts/games, Reception/Admissions, Gift shop sales, Museum tours

  • Generally 1 Sunday afternoon a month


Plant / weed / maintenance of gardens

  • Seasonal

Administrative Assistant    

Answer and direct phone inquiries / clerical support, Assist with gift shop sales

  • Tues-Fri (afternoon)
  • Sunday (afternoon)
  • 1 shift a week


Volunteer Program Assistant

Assist the Volunteer Program Administrator with any of the following tasks related to the management of the volunteer program: Clerical tasks, Development and distribution of promotional materials, Phone calls

  • Tues-Fri (morning or afternoon) ~ one shift


Special Events Program Assistant
Assist the Special Events Programmer with clerical tasks and preparation for special events, may include assisting the day of the special event

  • Special event days   (weekends / stat.  holidays)
  • Tues-Fri (morning or   afternoon) ~ one shift


Community Outreach     

Assist with the promotion of the museums at community events by staffing a museums information booth. As required, may take place on a weekday / evening / weekend


Camp Assistant    

Support and assist staff with educational programs and hands-on activities that are offered to children at March Break Camp and Summer Camps

  • Weekdays during March Break and summer


Birthday Party Assistant

Support and assist staff with birthday party activities which include hands-on crafts and games, and museum tours

  • Primarily Saturdays / Sundays
  • As booked


Badge Program Assistant

Support and assist staff with hands-on crafts and museum tours designed for specific badges

  • Weekday evenings
  • As booked


Youth Volunteer Program

Our Youth Volunteers make a difference! This Program is for those aged 15-18 years and can be an annual commitment or to fulfill a school’s community service requirement.

Discover the many ways our youth participate!

  • Summer Camp Assistant
  • Birthday Party Assistant
  • Badge Program Assistant
  • Special Event Support
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Museum Tour Guide
  • Data entry for Library Collection
  • Community Outreach Assistant
  • Assist in the Gift Shop

Benefits of volunteering

  • Gain work experience
  • Complete your community volunteer service hours
  • Develop new skills
  • Explore career options
  • Make new friends
  • Have fun!!!

Museums of Burlington Youth Volunteers receive...

  • Orientation of the museum sites
  • Our volunteer newsletter
  • Opportunities to participate in training sessions and special interest workshops
  • Opportunities to attend social outings
  • Individual support