Volunteering at the Museum

Volunteers are a vital part of accomplishing our mission at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. To register as a volunteer, you will need to submit a completed Volunteer Application, Waiver and Background Check Form. Background checks are an important step in ensuring the safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and collections.

Please note:

  • For general volunteer requests, we will only accept applications for the open positions listed below.
  • For internship requests, we will process these on a case-by-case basis based on available internship positions. Because these positions fill up quickly, we recommend submitting your request 2-4 months in advance of the semester during which you would like to intern.

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Current Volunteer Opportunities

DUTIES & TASKS

Volunteers will be assigned to one or more of the following tasks:

  • Sorting, identifying, preserving and cataloguing native and non-native snails. Equipment to be used and maintained: microscopes and PC computers. PC computer software proficiency preferred: Word and Excel.
  • Databasing of collection data. Equipment to be used and maintained: PC computers and scanner. PC computer software proficiency preferred: Word and Excel.
  • Imaging of specimens. Equipment to be used and maintained: microscopes and PC computers. PC computer software proficiency preferred: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

QUALIFICATIONS

Must be at least 15 years of age. Other requirements include:

  • Ability to work safely, independently and in a team environment.
  • Proficiency with PC computer software preferred
  • Excellent fine motor skills to handle collections items

SCHEDULE & TIME COMMITMENT

Volunteers must commit to a minimum of 6-months volunteer service of at least one shift per week. Each shift must be at least 2 hours and individuals may volunteer up to 30 hours a week. Volunteers can serve between 9:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday. Volunteers at least 18 years of age and volunteered for more than a year in Malacology may extend hours until 6:00PM per manager’s approval.

Training

Department staff and senior volunteers will directly supervise training on all necessary tasks. Volunteers will be trained to handle, sort, identify, preserve, and curate Malacological specimens and historical literature. Training will also include accurately recording information into various databases, use of PC-based software (e.g. Word, Excel, Photoshop, Illustrator), maintenance of equipment, and basic taxonomy. Training period varies depending on tasks and prior experience, but averages 40 hours. If you are volunteering for college credit or similar programs, the training period is included in the count of your service hours.

Department: Entomology

Volunteer Responsibilities:
Interns will be trained on-site (no previous experience necessary) and assigned to one or more of the following tasks: (1) Sorting, identifying, preserving and cataloging insects, spiders, millipedes and other arthropods; (2) Collection curation. This includes the following tasks: validating and updating the taxonomic names, physically organizing the collection, and digitizing the specimens (3) Specimen Transactions. This may include: handling specimens; entering information in a database; running Boolean searches (Google); completing forms; filling away and retrieving forms (4) Imaging of specimens.

Qualifications/ Skills Needed: No previous experience necessary. Other requirements include: ability to work safely, independently and in a team environment; proficiency with PC computer software preferred but not necessary Microsoft Office, Google Drive and other Windows based applications; excellent fine motor skills to handle collections items; good organization skills and an eye for detail.

Training/Orientation Provided: The Entomology Collection Manager will directly supervise training on all necessary tasks. Interns will be trained to handle, sort, identify, preserve, and curate Entomological specimens. Training will also include accurately recording information into various databases, use of PC-based software, maintenance of equipment, basic taxonomy, taxonomic nomenclature, insect collection curatorial standards and imaging techniques. Training period varies depending on tasks and prior experience, but averages 40 hours. If you are volunteering for college credit or similar programs, the training period is included in the count of your service hours.

Days/Times Volunteers Needed: Volunteers can serve between 9:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday (with possible flexibility).

If interested, please contact Jim Boone, Entomology Collection Manager, at bpbmentcoll@gmail.com.

Department: Botany

Volunteer Responsibilities: Digital imaging of Botany collections specimens using mamiya 80 mega pixl camera and Leaf Capture software or Canon 5D with lightbox and Adobe lightroom software. No previous experience necessary.

Qualifications/ Skills Needed: Must be 18 years of age or older. Preference will be given to those with a background in Botany, Museum Studies or Photography.

Training/Orientation Provided: Staff member will train volunteer on imaging process.

Days/Times Volunteers Needed:
• Minimum length of service: 6 months
• Hours and Frequency: 3 hour shift at least once per week
• Days/Times Needed: Monday or Tuesday, Mornings, 9-12noon. Once training completed, hours may be more flexible.

Service Groups & One-time Volunteer Opportunities

To inquire about opportunities for service groups (example – Key Club), please contact the Volunteer Department via email or call us at (808) 848-4171. Please also check our upcoming Special Events and Exhibits at the museum for opportunities you may be interested in volunteering for.

Contact Us

Cheyenne Velez, Volunteer & Human Resources Coordinator
Phone: (808) 848-4171
Email: volunteer@bishopmuseum.org

HR/Volunteer Department
1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, HI 96817

The Human Resources and Volunteer Department has office hours Monday through Friday. We are closed over the weekend and during administrative holidays, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. To ensure someone is available to meet with you, please call (808) 848-4171 prior to visiting Volunteer Services.

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