Volunteering at the Museum

Volunteers are a vital part of accomplishing our mission at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. Volunteers currently serve in most areas of the Museum’s two facilities: the Main Campus in Kalihi on the island of O‘ahu, and the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden on Hawai‘i Island. 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.


Current Volunteer Opportunities

To obtain application materials, or for any questions regarding the volunteer program, contact Patricia Floyd at patricia@bishopmuseum.org or call 808-848-4171. Volunteer Services is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. Click on the links below for Current Opportunities.


Service Groups

To inquire about opportunities for service groups (example - Key Club), please contact Patricia Floyd at patricia@bishopmuseum.org or call (808) 848-4171. Please also check this month's Calendar and Upcoming Exhibits at the museum for events and exhibits you may be interested in volunteering for.


Contact Us

Patricia Floyd, Volunteer & Human Resources Coordinator
Phone: (808) 848-4171
Email: patricia@bishopmuseum.org

HR/Volunteer Department
1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu , HI 96817

The Human Resources and Volunteer Department has office hours Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. 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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Botany Computer Assistant

Department: Botany

Volunteer Responsibilities: Data entry of herbarium specimens

Qualifications/ Skills Needed: Must have familiarity with world geography, attention to detail, keyboard skills and some basic computer skills

Training/Orientation Provided: Staff member will train volunteer how to do the actual data entry and how to read the specimens

Days/Times Volunteers Needed: M-W Mornings 9-12 noon. Once trained hours can be a little more negotiable

Volunteer commitment (length of time): 3+ hours per week

Digital Imaging (Botany)

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, but all applicants welcome.

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

Days/Times Volunteers Needed: M-W Mornings 9-12 noon. Once trained, hours can be a little more negotiable.

Time Commitment: 4-hour shift once per week for at least 6 months

Science Adventure Center Greeter

Department: Education

Volunteer Responsibilities: Welcomes all visitors to SAC and acts host/hostess; Answers general questions and direct guests to the various exhibits, tours and/or requested areas

Qualifications/ Skills Needed: Enjoys interacting with people of all ages and from all over the world, is energetic and can maintain a positive attitude and can be flexible and take initiative on the job.

Training/Orientation Provided: Training will be provided after all volunteers have been recruited. Full training will include a tour through the museum, explanation of all museum policies and rules, and introduction to all Education staff.

Days/Times Volunteers Are Needed: Monday-Sunday except Tuesdays from 9-5pm; four to six hours per week.

Volunteer commitment (length of time): 3+ hours per week


Special Exhibit Guide

If you like learning new things, become a Special Exhibits Guide! New exhibits go up every few months in the Castle Memorial Building, so there's always something new to learn and share. The Current Exhibit is Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World. This exhibit features electric guitars and music history as well as a section on Hawaiian instruments.

Qualifications/ Skills Needed: Excellent interpersonal skills; enjoys working with visitors of ALL ages, including children; ability to maintain friendly, polite and professional manner with individuals of varying cultural backgrounds; ability to walk or stand for 3-4 hours at a time; ability to work independently, with minimal supervision.

Days Volunteers Needed:Monday-Sunday (Not Tuesdays)

Time Commitment: One 4 hour shift, every week for at least 6 months.

Flower Arranging

No prior experience needed! Our volunteer Flower Group creates beautiful arrangements that adorn some of the museum's administrative offices and public areas. Prior experience is not required. Must be willing to learn; work well within a team of volunteers; able to stand for several hours at a time; and carry moderately heavy arrangements (rolling carts also used). The Flower Group gathers flowers from all around campus, cuts and cleans them, creates new arrangements and delivers these to various locations around Bishop Museum campus.

Times Needed:Mondays, 9am-1pm

Time Commitment: One 4-hour shift, every week for minimum 6 months.

Special Events Greeter

Special Event Greeters are responsible for welcoming, wayfinding and supporting activities or programs during special events at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. Past activity assignments include creating origami aloha shirts, extracting DNA from strawberries, facepainting, and ushering for lectures. Once registered, volunteers serve on an as-needed basis.

Qualifications/ Skills Needed: Must be friendly, outgoing, and proactive problem-solvers with excellant customer service skills. Visitors to the museum often don't ask for help, so you need to be able to read nonverbal cues (body language) to identify and assist guests in need of help. Greeters must maintain a friendly and professional attitude at all times. Familiarity with campus a plus.

Days Usually Needed:Friday, Saturdays or Sundays

Minimum Time Commitment: 8 hours per month for at least 6 months. Volunteers are called on an as-needed basis. You are given the option to commit to an event as your schedule allows. Long events are usually split into 3-4 hour shifts, making this a very flexible assignment.