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 Oahu, and the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden on Hawai‘i Island. Please review the page below for Current Opportunities and Application Process.

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

To apply for any of the assignments below, please contact Patricia Floyd patricia@bishopmuseum.org. In your email, indicate the name of the volunteer assignment you are interested in, your first and last name and a valid phone number.

Special Exhibit Guide

Special Events Greeter

 

Application Process and Background Check

To request necessary forms, please contact Patricia Floyd: patricia@bishopmuseum.org. In your email, indicate the name of the volunteer assignment you are interested in, your first and last name and a valid phone number.

You will need to submit a completed Volunteer Application, including Waiver and Background Check Form. A standard background check will be run by our Human Resources office. Once your background check clears, you will be contacted to discuss placement, orientation and training.

If you have any questions about the volunteer program or your would like to follow-up on your volunteer application, you may call during office hours. Volunteer Services is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.

 

Service Groups

If you are part of a service group (example - Key Club), please contact Patricia Floyd at patricia@bishopmuseum.org or call (808) 848-4171 to coordinate your volunteer efforts. You can also monitor this month's Calendar and Upcoming Exhibits at the museum for events and exhibits you may be interested in volunteering for.

 

Hawaiian Hall

Contact Us

Phone: (808) 848-4171

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. For your convenience, please make an appointment or 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

To apply please contact Patricia Floyd at patricia@bishopmuseum.org. In your email, remember to include your first and last name, the name of the assignment you are interested in, and a valid phone number.

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

To apply please contact Patricia Floyd at patricia@bishopmuseum.org. In your email, remember to include your first and last name, the name of the assignment you are interested in, and a valid phone number.

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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 LEGO: Travel Adventure (Oct 5, 2013 - Jan 5, 2014)

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.

To apply please contact Patricia Floyd at patricia@bishopmuseum.org. In your email, remember to include your first and last name, the name of the assignment you are interested in, and a valid phone number.

Special Events Greeter

Special Event Greeters are responsible for greeting and wayfinding during special events at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. They may also assist in activity tables. Past activities include creating origami aloha shirts, and extracting DNA from strawberries. These volunteers will be contacted 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.

To apply please contact Patricia Floyd at patricia@bishopmuseum.org. In your email, remember to include your first and last name, the name of the assignment you are interested in, and a valid phone number.