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Volunteers


To be surrounded by amazing artworks and artifacts never ceases to enliven my day and would do so, I think, for anybody that may also be interested in volunteering at the Museum. I know it has changed my life.Shirin Walani, Volunteer


Whether assisting on the floor, leading tours, or supporting school groups and special events, our volunteers at the Aga Khan Museum play a key role in making the Museum a place for public engagement, inquiry and creativity. They are involved in every aspect of our operations and help bring the Museum to life each and every day.

Please find more information below regarding our volunteering opportunities. If you are interested in applying to become a volunteer, please fill out the volunteer application form at the bottom of the page and we will get back to you shortly after. For any additional questions, please contact the Volunteer Services Office at [email protected].


VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

At the Aga Khan Museum, there are numerous ways to get involved!
Below is a brief overview of our volunteering opportunities.


Visitor Services Volunteers

Our Visitor Services volunteers represent the largest section of the AKM’s volunteer body. These volunteers engage and connect with visitors at various entry points in the Museum and throughout our spaces. Their primary responsibilities involve greeting visitors, assisting them with their questions, allowing access into the galleries and facilitating the safekeeping of coats and bags. We also have a specialized role of Information Ambassadors dedicated to providing updated information to our onsite visitors. Our Visitor Services volunteers also assist during all of our performances and other events.


Gift Shop Volunteers

Our Gift Shop volunteers are the first point of contact for our visitors. They welcome visitors to the Museum and the Shop and engage the visitor with their knowledge of the beautiful products of the Museum Shop. They assist the visitors in making selections and ensure that visitors leave the shop as satisfied customers.


Museum Educators (Tour Guides, Family Program and School Group Volunteers)

Education is a key area of the Museum and one which offers our volunteers many opportunities to share, inspire and impact adults and children alike.

Our Educator volunteers engage with the participants of our educational programs as required, including conducting tours of the exhibitions, the architecture, and the Park, and by supporting the Museum Educators in classrooms during visits of school groups or planned family activities.


Administration & Special Project Volunteers

At the Aga Khan Museum, we try our best to match our volunteers’ skills with various administrative tasks or special projects. As such, we regularly have short-term and long-term project related positions available within our Administration Offices that volunteers are welcome to support with. Depending on the nature of the project, volunteers may also be able to support remotely.


Remote Volunteers

These are volunteers who support Museum activities, working remotely. With the many changes that occurred due to the Covid-19 pandemic, staff at the Aga Khan Museum were able to develop a virtual platform for the public which facilitates opportunities for more and more volunteers to support in a remote capacity and develop their skills by working in a virtual environment. Our opportunities for remote volunteers are diverse and expanding each day, and we look forward to welcoming those that are interested in this area!


Other Support

As our Museum keeps growing, we are always looking for ways in which our volunteers can contribute to creating a wonderful experience for our visitors. As such, there are a variety of opportunities available to current volunteers that allow them to try new skills, meet new people, and experience our art & culture differently. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, volunteering in setting up and supporting our regular Pop Up performances and in welcoming Patrons in our Patrons’ Lounge.


VOLUNTEER BENEFITS

  • Become part of a fun and enthusiastic team of staff and volunteers
  • Become immersed in a rich world of art, culture, and history
  • Participate in staff and volunteer social activities and events
  • Receive discounts on Gallery admissions as well as on products and services at the Gift Shop, in the Diwan restaurant and at the kiosk
  • Enjoy opportunities for growth into other areas of the Museum
  • Be among the first to hear about all of our performing arts and educational events
  • Participate in our Reciprocal Program which offers discounts and benefits at a large number of Toronto-based cultural and tourist destinations

HOW TO APPLY

Thank you very much for considering us as an institution of interest for your volunteering! We warmly welcome you to apply and look forward to meeting you!

We welcome anyone interested in volunteering to apply via our application form below. However, please note that we only recruit volunteers during our volunteer intake sessions which occur a few times each year. Our intakes are designed to provide prospective volunteers with more knowledge about the Museum and about the different opportunities available, and are meant to help you select your preference for what you would like to do should you decide that it is the right fit for you. Please note that any information provided by you will be governed by our privacy policy.

Once you have submitted the application form below, we will be in touch before the next scheduled intake date and advise on whether you have been pre-screened for a volunteer opportunity at the Aga Khan Museum.


Before proceeding, please first make sure that you meet the following requirements:

  • You must be over the age of 15;
  • You must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, or working and living in Canada on a work permit;
  • You must be able to commit a minimum of three shifts of usually 4 hours each, per month (you have the choice of daytimes, evenings or weekends);
  • You must be fluent in English with good communication and relational skills;
  • For on-site support, you must be able to provide a police clearance certificate, references and a Health & Safety certificate;
  • For on-site support, you must be able to show a proof of double vaccination;
  • You must be able to attend the trainings that pertain to your area of volunteering;
  • You must agree to our privacy policy outlined below.

Before proceeding to the application, please ensure that you have carefully read through our privacy policy.

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION FORM


For any additional comments or questions, please email the Volunteer Services Office at [email protected].

We appreciate your interest in the Aga Khan Museum and hope to be in touch soon!

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