Tour Guide

Time Commitment: 
Long-Term (6+ months)
Deadline to Apply: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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Our mission is to inspire and educate our community by preserving and sharing our art and history.

Description: Contribute to a friendly, inviting atmosphere and exceptional visitor experiences as a Museum London Volunteer Tour Guide! As a Volunteer Tour Guide you will be facilitating and planning tours for school-aged children (elementary and high-school), adults and special-needs individuals.  Come join us at Museum London as we educate the next generation in art, culture and heritage!

Commitment:  This role has a minimum commitment of one year. Weekly mandatory meetings are required from September to June every Monday 9:30 am-11:30 am.  Tours occur at least once a week (a half day – either a morning or afternoon, as needed). July to August guides do not meet or tour. All new tour guides must complete four training modules, running two hours each, in addition to the Monday morning meetings.  Training usually takes place in a group setting with dates and times confirmed with our Curator of Education.

Location: All volunteer shifts will be worked on-site at Museum London (421 Ridout Street North, London, ON) unless otherwise notified.

Training: 2-3 months training required. Training consists of exhibition briefings by curators, workshops on touring methodology, speakers on art topics, visits to artists’ studios and other galleries. Training focuses on school curriculum, experiential learning, designing tours and teaching studio programs. Experienced tour guides mentor new volunteers until they are ready to tour on their own.

Skill Requirements:

  • Background or interest in visual arts and/or teaching.
  • Skilled in public speaking and facilitating groups including young school children, high school students, adult, and special-needs
  • Work as team-players when facilitating and planning large group tours, but also independently when dealing with smaller groups
  • Valid Police Records Check
  • Complete mandatory Health & Safety training
    • Must be 16 years of age or older

 

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Learn about new exhibitions, and develop tour strategies
  • Commit to additional time for independent reading and research
  • Use the computer and internet to facilitate research, communication, and tour- scheduling
  • Plan each tour appropriate to the age and needs of group, using inquiry, discussion and interactive strategies to help visitors make personal connections with the art
  • Provide curriculum-based school programs to students (art tours/studio programs) from JK-Gr.12, also tour adult groups through our art exhibitions

 

Benefits:

  • Parking pass supplied for mandatory Monday morning meetings and tour shifts
  • 15% discount in the Shop at Museum London

 

Reporting to: Steve Mavers,Curator of Education

Application Process: Please apply online at: museumlondon.ca/support/volunteer.  Once an application form has been received, along with a resume, you will be contacted by our Volunteer Coordinator, Jordan Brennan, to confirm your availability and set up an interview.  Upon successful, completion of an interview, a police check will be required and arrangements to attend a Volunteer Orientation Session will be made.

Required Qualifications/Training: 
Valid Police Check (Vulnerable Sector Check)
Complete Mandatory Health & Safety Training
Attend all four Tour Guide training sessions
Background working with children or teaching is an asset
Skills Preferred: 
Experience Teaching
Background in Fine Arts, Art History, and/or History
Enjoy working with children
Skilled in public speaking
Can work independently and as a team
Additional Opportunity Information: 
Please apply online at http://museumlondon.ca/support/volunteer and send your resume to jbrennan@museumlondon.ca.

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