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Designing a Museum Volunteer Program


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Why and How to Use this Toolkit

Whether you want to start a new museum volunteer program or revitalize an existing one, this toolkit will guide you toward the resources and framework you need to be successful and sustainable.

With this toolkit, you will:

  • Take stock of what you have in place already and what you’d like to have in the future
  • Distinguish essential resources from aspirational ones
  • Determine where to focus your energy and time
  • Create realistic expectations for your program which can be included in your museum’s overall strategic plan
  • Build a case for budget requests, grant writing, and appeals to donors

This toolkit provides a support structure that will guide you in making day-to-day decisions and setting future plans for your program.

What is included

Learn about the key components in a museum volunteer program framework; why a museum needs volunteers, and the keys to structuring, developing, and supporting the museum volunteer program. Through a combination of tools, tips, professional standards, systems, and worksheets, this toolkit will help you to construct a well-run and sustainable volunteer program.

You will learn about:

Structuring the program

  • Position descriptions
  • Marketing & recruitment
  • Application & hiring process (worksheet)
  • Policies & procedures (worksheet)
  • Training & development (worksheet)

Developing the program

  • Orientation & training (worksheet)
  • Evaluating volunteers & your program
  • Recognition & rewards (worksheet)
  • Professional development

Supporting the program

  • Communication network
  • Record keeping
  • Risk management (worksheet)
  • Budget

 


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