Since 1887, the Museum has depended on volunteer help for many of its projects and much of its development. Today, more than 100 volunteers participate regularly, making important contributions to the Museum. Some volunteers come in daily, and many have served for 10 or more years!
If you are interested in volunteering at the Penn Museum, please review the volunteer opportunities listed and then submit an application for a specific opportunity. Applications will only be considered for these opportunities. The Penn Museum’s volunteer needs vary throughout the year. If you don’t see a position that is a good fit or of particular interest to you now, please plan to check back at a future time. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis unless otherwise noted.
Volunteer Position: "Cartifacts" Volunteer
Description: The Penn Museum transforms understanding of the human experience and we are looking for volunteers eager to help us fulfill this mission! Cartifacts volunteers have the opportunity dive in and learn about our collections and exhibitions and then share their knowledge with the public through an informal, in-gallery experience. Cartifact volunteers set up displays of five to ten touchable artifacts at carts located in the Museum’s galleries and explain the function and history of each object to visitors. Cartifact Volunteers engage people of all ages in short-term discussions utilizing open-ended questions. Each cart is focused on a gallery theme and volunteers decide which subject area they’d like to master.
- Daily Life in Ancient Rome
- Mummification in Ancient Egypt
- Life in the early Americas (will return in late November 2019)
Required Training: Volunteers will be interviewed and introduced to all available carts. Volunteers will study the training manual of the cart of his/her choice for up to two weeks. After two weeks, Cartifact Volunteers will be tested on their familiarity with the objects and their ability to facilitate discussions with visitors about the material.
Qualifications: This volunteer opportunity is open to mature high school students and adults. An ideal Cartifact Volunteer demonstrates good listening and conversational skills, has enthusiasm for the material, and has knowledge of the Penn Museum’s collections and floor plan. We are actively recruiting volunteers who can give time over the weekends.
Requirements: Commitment for at least one day a week is preferred, but not a requirement. Cartifact Volunteers may schedule themselves to work for any hours during the following times. Tuesday-Friday, 12pm-4pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4pm; or special evening events.