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.

The Vertebrate Zoology Collection is excited to announce that it is seeking applications for a Georeferencing Internship!

What is Georeferencing?

Georeferencing is the process of determining geographic coordinates  (typically latitude and longitude) from a written locality description.  The  georeferencing process also includes quantifying the amount of uncertainty associated with a determined location point or polygon.

Why is it important to Georeference natural history specimens?

Natural history collections are like “libraries of life” and represent an invaluable record of biodiversity over time.  The vast majority of locality  descriptions associated with biological specimens lack the geographic coordinates required for computer-based geographic analyses.  These computer-based analyses are what allow resarchers to use large amounts of data to answer large-scale questions about population genetics, the effects of climate, etc.  The answers to those questions can have an     important impact on the health of our ecosystem and the conservation management of Hawaii’s many endangered species.

 The selected candidate will be responsible for georeferencing verbatim locality data from various geographic regions within the Pacific using Microsoft Access databases and other software, including Google Earth and online georeferencing calculators.

Minimum Qualifications:  No previous experience necessary, but preference will be given to applicants with basic computer literacy and basic knowledge of geographic coordinate systems.

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 Molly Hagemann, Vertebrate Zoology Collection Manager, at molly@bishopmuseum.org.

Would you like to deepen your knowledge of Hawaiian History, culture, and natural sciences? Do you want to share that knowledge with museum visitors? Join the Bishop Museum’s volunteer ‘Ohana and become a Bishop Museum docent.

Docents provide visitors a deeper understanding of the Bishop Museum’s mission, vision and values by interacting with the public as interpreters. Docents are responsible for facilitating conversations and leading educational activities for Museum visitors.

Docents will interact with a wide range of Museum visitors including school groups, adults and special interest groups.

The following characteristics make a good docent:

  • A sincere and genuine interest in people of all ages
  • A love for and excitement about learning and teaching
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • A sense of flexibility and cooperation
  • An attitude of tolerance and respect for all people’s points of view

All docents must attend training before they can begin conducting tours at the Bishop Museum. In addition to the general volunteer orientation, docents must attend more rigorous training to provide them with information, knowledge, and practice to conduct successful educational experiences for Museum visitors. As a result, the initial training course is rather extensive, consisting of a 9 week course. In this training series, docents learn to craft and present a tour that highlights the Museum’s collections while also exploring the role of the museum in a community. Volunteers are required to complete this series of training to become full-fledged docents and commit to volunteering at the Museum for one year after they complete training.

Our next Docent Training will be held in 2017, dates TBA. Please check back for more information!

If you are interested in becoming a docent at the Bishop Museum, please contact
Angela Ameling
Docent Coordinator
Ph: 808-847-8290
Fax: 808-848-4151
angela@bishopmuseum.org

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.

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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