Picton is the gateway to the South Island and the Picton Museum is the gateway to learning about heritage. If you're friendly, enjoy meeting new people, and you would like to learn more about local history, then this is the role for you! You don't need to already know lots of history; it's easy to learn as you go.
Volunteers can help with a variety of tasks at the museum, including guiding visitors, answering their questions, processing sales from the small gift shop (books and jewellery), recording basic visitor statistics, and assisting with research requests. This is a great way to learn about the history of Waitohi/Picton and the Sounds, gain customer service experience, and meet new people!
Volunteers will be given all necessary training and will be paired with a more experienced volunteer for the first few shifts (at least). After a while, volunteers will end up volunteering on their own occasionally due to shortages of volunteers. However, if you'd like to make sure you don't have to work alone, get a friend or family member to join up with you!
Volunteers are expected to commit to one shift (two hours) per month minimum. Volunteer shifts are only on weekends or public holidays. Volunteers can choose to take on a regular shift (e.g. every third Sunday) or be flexible and fill in gaps in the roster.
Volunteers should be aged 17 or older, but younger volunteers are welcome to apply if a parent or other adult is available to volunteer alongside.
People interested in volunteering will be asked to fill out an application form (including declaration of health status) and then attend an interview with the manager. A criminal record check will be required - this does not necessarily mean a volunteer will not be accepted; the manager and committee will assess applicants on a case-by-case basis.
We're looking for friendly and reliable people with communication skills, cash-handling skills (basic math), basic time-management skills, and who are willing to learn.
Front of House - minimum 2 hours per month
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.