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Title:
African Art - Behind-the-Scenes Docent Program Volunteer
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMAFA: African Art Museum
Contact:
Michelle Edwards (202) 633-4639
Description:
Volunteers in National Museum of African Art Behind-the-Scenes Docent program provide administrative assistance to the museum's docent program. Projects may include scheduling tours, greeting school groups, researching information, assisting front desk operations, organizing curriculum materials for docent orientation and trainings and responding to public inquiries.
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Title:
African Art - Museum Docent
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMAFA: African Art Museum
Contact:
Michelle Edwards (202) 633-4639
Description:
Docents support the National Museum of African Art's collections, research, and exhibitions by staffing interactive carts, assisting visitors in selected exhibitions, giving Highlights Tours, participating in community outreach, and facilitating hands-on activities. We are activity recruiting for weekday docents. Once accepted, docent candidates must successfully complete all required training for their assigned programs, and be able to commit to a regular schedule for at least one year. Required training is provisionally scheduled for spring 2017. Sessions will focus on information learning in museums, interpretive techniques, and African Art history. Additional enrichment training is scheduled throughout the year and includes lectures, workshops, field trips, and seminars.
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Title:
Ambassador - Spark!Lab
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMAH: American History Museum
Date:
02/19/2015
Contact:
Laurel Miller (202) 633-7304
Description:
Work with museum visitors in Spark!Lab, a hands-on invention space for children and families.

Spark!Lab Ambassadors will play an active role in:

-Facilitating Meaningful Visitor Experiences: welcoming a diverse group of visitors and engaging in inquiry-based discovery at a variety of hands-on activity stations; using creative methods to inspire and encourage children's and family's interest in the invention process.

- Assisting daily facility operations in Spark!Lab: getting the space and hands on activities ready for visitor use; helping with some routine maintenance necessary to keep the innovation and imagination flowing!

If You are Good at and Enjoy...
- tinkering, experimenting, asking questions, constructing and deconstructing things to figure out how they work
- interacting with diverse audiences, age groups and learning styles
- working in an often busy and changing environment

If You Have...
- some experience working in a hands-on, informal education space
- strong interpersonal and communication skills
- an interest in invention, history and science

Commitment is:
- at least two 4-hour shifts a month
- attend training sessions and complete a background check
- can handle frequent walking, standing, bending and lifting

Request an application from Laurel: millerl@si.edu
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Title:
American History Museum Ambassadors Program
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMAH: American History Museum
Contact:
Brianna Rossettie (202) 633-3353
Description:
Please note: While applications may be submitted anytime, we do not expect to train another Museum Ambassador class until fall 2016. We will contact all applicants when the dates for the next training class are set.

Museum Ambassadors responsibilities will include:

- Orienting and welcoming arriving visitors, especially student groups
- Circulating throughout the Museum's public areas to answer questions and help visitors find programs and exhibitions
- Assist with line management and brief visitor surveys


Volunteer Requirements:

- Volunteers must be at least 18 years old
- Must be able to work at least one regular 3-hour shift per week (weekday volunteers) or two regular 3-hour shifts per month (weekend volunteers)

- All Smithsonian volunteers must complete a Smithsonian background investigation.
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Title:
American History Museum Docent Program
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMAH: American History Museum
Date:
04/10/2015
Description:
Please note: While applications may be submitted anytime, we do not expect to train another docent class until fall 2016/winter 2017. We will contact all applicants when the dates for the next training class are set.

Do you love to tell—and listen to—a good story? Is "meeting people" your idea of a good time? Are you the "unofficial" tour guide for your friends and family? If so, then consider becoming a docent at the Museum!

Docents support the Museum's collections, research, and exhibitions by staffing interactive carts, assisting visitors in selected exhibitions, giving Highlights Tours, and facilitating hands-on activities. Thousands of visitors—from local communities, across the nation, and around the world—benefit from docent-led activities each year. The program is designed to offer all visitors an exciting and engaging experience that stimulates conversation, promote an appreciation of the nation's history, and deepen the understanding of what it means to be an American.

If you are interested in joining this dynamic, motivated group, and providing an indispensable service to thousands of visitors, we welcome your application.
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Title:
American History Museum Wonderplace Ambassadors
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMAH: American History Museum
Date:
09/01/2015
Contact:
Carrie Heflin (202) 633-3620
Description:
NMAH is looking for volunteers to help visitors in Wegmans Wonderplace, a space designed especially for kids under 6 (and their adult companions) that combines age appropriate activities with museum collections and touchable objects.
Wonderplace Volunteers help in:
Facilitating Meaningful Visitor Experiences: welcoming a diverse group of visitors and engaging in inquiry-based discovery at hands-on activity stations; using play to inspire and encourage children's and family's interest in history.
Assisting daily facility operations in Wonderplace: getting the space and hands on activities ready for visitor use;
If You Enjoy...
helping kids 6 and under discover the world around them and starting them on the path to lifelong learning
supporting meaningful interactions between caregivers and children that serve as a stepping stone for connecting families with other exhibitions at NMAH.
interacting with diverse audiences, age groups and learning styles
working in an often busy and changing environment
we welcome your application.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. If you would like more information about upcoming training dates, please email Carrie Heflin at heflinc@si.edu.
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Title:
Animal Husbandry Volunteer
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
04/09/2001
Contact:
Cristin Krasco (772) 465-3271
Description:
Animal husbandry volunteers assist with maintenance of six large (500+ gallons) saltwater Model Ecosystems and other small aquaria. Duties may include feedings, monitoring water chemistry, specimen collection using seine nets, performing routine water exchanges and monitoring aquaria systems. Candidates should have compassion for living animals and be detail-oriented with excellent observational and record keeping skills. No prior experience is required.

Please note: this a physically active volunteer opportunity. Candidates should be comfortable working on their feet for at least three hours, bending and lifting, and climbing ladders and stairs between 4' and 20' in height.

Please note: this position has a minimum time requirement of three hours per week for three months. Shifts are available mornings from 9:30am-12:30pm or afternoons from 3pm-6pm.

This opportunity has a minimum age of 18. Students ages 16 and 17 will be considered with a teacher recommendation.

Please note that all volunteers are required to undergo fingerprinting and a background check.
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Title:
Aquarium Feeding Specialist
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
12/30/2014
Contact:
Cristin Krasco (772) 465-3271
Description:
Aquarium feeding specialist volunteers will work with Smithsonian aquarists to feed the animals in six large (500+ gallons) saltwater Model Ecosystem aquariums and other small tanks. Duties include weighing, cutting, measuring, feeding and stocking food items for marine fishes and invertebrates. Food items may include pellets, flakes, liquid supplements, and frozen foods such as squid, shrimp, fish and scallops. Candidates should be detail-oriented with the ability to work independently. No prior experience is required.

Please note: this a physically active volunteer opportunity. Candidates should be comfortable working on their feet for at least three hours, bending and lifting, and climbing ladders and stairs between 4' and 20' in height.

This position has a minimum time commitment of one day per week from 9:30am-11:30am for a minimum of three months. Minimum age is 16.

Please note that all volunteers are required to undergo fingerprinting and a background check.
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Title:
Aquarium Guide
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
03/11/2004
Contact:
Cristin Krasco (772) 465-3271
Description:
Aquarium Guides interact with visitors at the Aquarium and lead daily feeding tours for groups of 1-30 participants of all ages. Aquarium Guides should be comfortable with public speaking and answering questions about local marine life. Training is provided.

Shifts are scheduled mornings from 10am-1pm or afternoons from 1pm-4pm. Minimum time commitment is three hours per week for three months.

Shifts are currently available Fridays from 10am-1pm and 1pm-4pm, or Saturdays 10am-1pm and 1pm-4pm.

Please note that all volunteers are required to undergo fingerprinting and a background check.
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Title:
Butterfly Pavilion/Insect Zoo Volunteer
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Date:
11/16/2016
Contact:
NMNH Volunteer Program (202) 633-1083
Description:
Training in February 2017. Apply Now! Come join a team of Insect Ambassadors at the Smithsonian's Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Zoo! Share your interest in butterflies, insects, and the natural world with the museum's diverse visitors.

Being an Insect Ambassador in the Insect Zoo is vital in engaging the minds of our visitors. You can inspire conversations and be a guide into the world of insects. As an Insect Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to participate in any combination of the following exciting opportunities:
o Encouraging visitors to get a closer look with live insect handling
o Giving tarantula feeding demonstrations
o Leading activities highlighting amazing insect adaptations
o Sparking visitor curiosity through engaging interactions
o And so much more!

Click Opportunity Details in upper right corner for Requirements, Orientation and Training Information.
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Title:
Call Center Volunteer
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
OVS: Office of Visitor Services
Contact:
Abbey Earich (202) 633-5260
Description:
If you are looking for a volunteer role that allows you to speak with people from around the world and learn about new and exciting things happening at the Smithsonian, this position is for you!

Smithsonian Call Center Volunteers engage and inspire visitors over the phone. Over 32,000 people connected to the Smithsonian through the main information line in 2016. When visitors call looking to plan memorable and exciting experiences, volunteers use online resources to find information about Smithsonian exhibitions, activities, services, and more.
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Title:
Community of Gardens Volunteer
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
SG: Smithsonian Gardens
Contact:
Alison Kootstra (202) 633-5692
Description:
The Community of Gardens Volunteer will assist the Smithsonian Gardens education team in collecting stories about gardens and gardeners in the U.S. for the Community of Gardens digital archive (communityofgardens.si.edu). The volunteer will research gardeners and organizations to contact, draft outreach materials, walk contributors through the storytelling process, edit images, and write stories for the digital archive. Depending on skills and interest, the volunteer may conduct video or audio oral histories with gardeners.

Volunteer should have strong writing and computer skills. They should also have excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to comfortably engage individuals on the phone or by email; ability to sit at a desk several hours at a time; an interest in gardening, public history, and/or storytelling.

The schedule for this opportunity is flexible. Volunteer will spend 4 to 8 hours a week in the Smithsonian Gardens office in Washington, D.C. during office hours.

Contact: gardenvolunteers@si.edu
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Title:
Concessions Volunteer Shift
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
TSA: The Smithsonian Associates
Date:
11/01/2016
Contact:
Jenna Jones, CVA (202) 633-8596
Description:
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night, Concessions Volunteers will manage the concessions table in the Ripley Concourse. They will enhance the program participants' experience by providing light food and beverages between 6-7:15 pm. This volunteer position involves selling refreshments, handling cash, and maintaining a log of the sales made.

NOTE: Volunteer Position Description is included as an attachment here.

NOTE: This opportunity is for SI ID Badged volunteers. If you do not have a badge but would like to do this on a regular, ongoing basis, we will go through the badging process with you.

A short training will be by reading emailed documents. You will receive an orientation by staff at your first shift.
For more details, contact Jenna Jones at jonesjel@si.edu or 202-633-8596.
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Title:
Data Digitization Volunteer
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
12/05/2016
Contact:
Cristin Krasco (772) 465-3271
Description:
The volunteer will assist researchers in the Benthic Ecology Lab at the Smithsonian Marine Station with digitizing historical data about the Indian River Lagoon. Duties will include entering data from hard copy data sheets into an Excel spreadsheet and formatting data in an organized manner.

The volunteer can choose to work at the Marine Station or from home. If volunteer work is carried out at home, he/she will have periodic face-to-face meetings with Benthic Lab researchers.

Volunteers should have basic Microsoft Excel skills and an interest in learning data management. Ages 18 and up.
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Title:
Garden Maintenance Volunteer
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
SG: Smithsonian Gardens
Contact:
Alison Kootstra (202) 633-5692
Description:
Smithsonian Gardens (SG) maintenance volunteers work outside in our gardens to help grow and maintain plants; inform visitors about the plant collection; and answer casual inquiries. With staff supervision, volunteers prepare planting beds, plant, weed, prune and deadhead, water and harvest.

Garden Maintenance Volunteers should be interested in and able to perform general gardening tasks outdoors at times in hot weather. They should also be able to stoop, bend, and complete repetitive tasks like weeding (sometimes for extended periods of time).

Volunteers also should be enthusiastic about plants; able to communicate well with SG staff and Smithsonian visitors; flexible in accepting gardening chores as assigned; and have a willingness to learn.

The ability to lift 50+ lbs is desirable but not necessary.

Garden Maintenance Volunteers are required to complete 1-2 shifts per week from April through October. Shifts are usually 3-6 hours and are available on weekdays. Smithsonian Gardens does not offer weekend garden maintenance volunteer opportunities.

Contact: gardenvolunteers@si.edu
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Title:
IZ- Collections Move Assistant- Invertebrate Zoology's Dry Collections
Where:
Suitland,MD
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Date:
01/02/2016
Contact:
Tim Coffer (202) 633-1761
Description:
The Department of Invertebrate Zoology has begun moving into renovated space at the Natural History Museum. We are seeking assistance with relocating our dry collections stored at the Museum Support Center in Suitland, MD to the Natural History Museum on the Mall in Washington, DC.
These collection moves require some light to moderate lifting and full mobility to reach overhead and down to the floor while holding collection specimens that could weigh as much as 30 pounds apiece.
Please contact Tim Coffer (202-633-1761, coffert@si.edu or g54tec@gmail.com) for specifics.
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Title:
IZ-Imaging Assistant of Mollusk Specimens
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
NMNH: Natural History Museum
Date:
01/30/2015
Contact:
Dr. Robert Hershler
Description:
Join a team of volunteers and students that is imaging type specimens of mollusks (dry shells) using digital SLR setup, and assembling the resulting images into publication quality plates in Photoshop. In addition to performing the above tasks the volunteer will be responsible for organizing the resulting electronic files, uploading plates into the National Museum of Natural History electronic specimen catalog (EMu), providing oversight to other team members, and training new members as needed. All work will be done in the National Museum of Natural History using well established protocols and under the supervision of two curators of mollusks.
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Title:
Lab assistant: Benthic Ecology
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
12/05/2016
Contact:
Cristin Krasco (772) 465-3271
Description:
The lab assistant volunteer will assist researchers in the Benthic Ecology Lab at the Smithsonian Marine Station. Duties may include cleaning tanks, caring for animals such as mussels, oysters, and blue crabs, drying and weighing tank filters, and dissecting animals.

Volunteers should have an interest in science. A background in biology is preferred. Volunteer training will include basic lab skills. Volunteer must be comfortable working on their feet for an extended time and willing to get wet and/or dirty.

Volunteer commitment is 6-10 hours a week on weekdays from 7:30am-4:00pm. Ages 18 and up.
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Title:
Marketing and Communications Volunteer
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
FSGA: Freer & Sackler Galleries of Art
Date:
01/13/2017
Contact:
Ellie Reynolds (202) 633-0519
Description:
If you have an interest in museum communications, this volunteer position is for you!

The Office of Marketing and Communications handles all press and advertising activities for the Freer|Sackler. Volunteer projects will include organizing, scanning, and archiving newspaper clippings; managing mailing lists; assisting with media and social event planning; and researching media. publications.

Volunteers should possess excellent writing, communication, and computer skills. A background in journalism, communications/ public affairs, or marketing is preferred. Volunteers should have the ability to comfortably engage individuals on the phone or by email, the ability to sit at a desk several hours at a time and an interest in Asian art.

A resume and cover letter must be included for consideration.

The schedule for this opportunity is flexible. Volunteers must spend at least 12 hours a week in the Freer|Sackler office in Washington, D.C. during office hours (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm).
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Title:
National Museum of the American Indian Library Volunteer - Suitland, MD
Where:
Suitland,MD
Location:
SIL: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Contact:
Elayne Siliversmith (301) 238-1376
Description:
All work will be performed at the National Museum of the American Indian Library which is located at the Cultural Resource Center (CRC) 4220 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD 20746. The work available for the volunteers is variable and includes shelving books, assisting patrons, researching topics as assigned, moving library materials, searching bibliographies and other lists to determine if a book is in the library collection, or other projects as they materialize.
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Title:
National Portrait Gallery Docents
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
Smithsonian
Date:
08/25/2015
Contact:
Geraldine Provost Lyons (202) 633-8519
Description:
Docents at the National Portrait Gallery are volunteers who have had extensive training in on the collections as well as tour techniques.

Starting on September 1, 2016 - Docent led tours of the National Portrait Gallery are offered Monday-Friday at Noon and 2:30 PM; Saturday and Sunday at 11:45 a.m. and 1:30, 3:15, and 4:30 p.m. All walk-in tours meet in the F Street lobby.

Special Tours also scheduled before, during and after business hours.
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Title:
SERC Library Volunteer
Where:
Edgewater,MD
Location:
SIL: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Date:
09/29/2015
Contact:
Sue Zwicker (202) 633-1675
Description:
Assist with day to day operations and special projects at the SERC branch of Smithsonian Libraries, such as new book lists, book displays, shelving, & withdrawal projects.
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Title:
Smithsonian Visitor Information Specialist
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
OVS: Office of Visitor Services
Contact:
Abbey Earich (202) 633-5260
Description:
If you love the Smithsonian and working with people, this position is for you! We are looking for enthusiastic and outgoing individuals to serve as Visitor Information Specialists at Information Desks around the Smithsonian.

Visitor Information Specialists provide a warm welcome and useful information to visitors from the Information Desks at Smithsonian museums, galleries, and buildings. Volunteers will engage with visitors and help them plan memorable and exciting experiences so that they can discover all that the Smithsonian has to offer.
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Title:
Studio Arts Representative Volunteer
Where:
Washington,DC
Location:
TSA: The Smithsonian Associates
Date:
11/02/2015
Contact:
Jenna Jones, CVA (202) 633-8596
Description:
The Smithsonian Associates Program offer upwards of 30 different hands-on art courses (not including photography classes, which do not use any volunteers), taught by professional instructors. They are offered quarterly each year (seasonally). Many classes run for 8 weeks, or 8 weeks, but some are shorter duration.
We seek volunteers to assist with hosting these art courses. The time commitment is weekly, for up to two months at a time. Courses are scheduled weekdays, weeknights and weekends. Most volunteer shifts are for 3 hours a week, with a one month gap between semesters.
Volunteer duties include welcoming participants, setting up the easels or tables, making announcements at the start of the first session, cleaning up the room after each class, and collecting participant evaluations at the end of the course. Please see attached position description for more details.
NOTE: Studio Art Reps are invited to bring their own art supplies and dabble in the art making process, but do not have the full experience as the paying students. There are volunteer duties that come first at all times.
To become a Studio Arts Rep Volunteer, there is an informal interview process and 4 hour orientation and training, which includes a handbook for future reference.
Studio Art Reps are expected to do at least 3 courses a year which add up to at least 40 volunteer hours a year.
Contact Jenna Jones at jonesjel@si.edu if you want to purse this unique volunteer opportunity.
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Title:
Touch Tank Volunteer
Where:
Fort Pierce,FL
Location:
SMSFP: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
Date:
12/19/2012
Contact:
Cristin Krasco (772) 465-3271
Description:
Touch Tank volunteers assist visitors at the touch tank, which houses animals including sea urchins, sea cucumbers and hermit crabs. Touch Tank volunteers may also share information about our six Model Ecosystems and other aquaria. Touch tank volunteers should be comfortable touching live marine animals and interacting with visitors of all ages, especially children.

The minimum time commitment for this opportunity is one day per week for two months. Shifts are currently available Wednesdays from 1pm-4pm and Saturdays from 10am-1pm.

Please note that all volunteers are required to undergo fingerprinting and a background check.
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Title:
Volunteering at SERC
Where:
Edgewater,MD
Location:
SERC: Smithsonian Enviromental Research Center
Date:
06/05/2015
Contact:
Daniel Gustafson (443) 482-2217
Description:
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) located in Edgewater, MD is looking for volunteers to support the work of our research scientists, educators, and administrators. Strong volunteer partnerships are vital for the Smithsonian to successfully carry out its mission. Volunteers at SERC assist with a wide variety of activities including; working in research labs, assist with field work, and lead education programs such as canoe excursions, public school groups, and summer camps.
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