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. All volunteers must receive an orientation through the Volunteer Office. Job-related training is provided by the department in which a volunteer is working.
- Is there a time commitment for volunteering? This varies from position to position, but typically we ask that voulnteers commit to a minimum of six months. Please click on each of the volunteer opportunities above for more information about time commitments.
- Are there volunteering opportunities that are shorter than six months? On occassion, we have opportunities that do not require a long-term commitment. These opportunities are usually during our large, special events. Because those larger events are few and far between, the typical amount of time served is between 3-25 hours over the course of a year. For more information, please click on the "Special Events Greeter" opportunity above, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Do volunteer positions have age restrictions? For most positions, you must be 18 years old or older. For those who are 17 years or younger, we review and respond to these applications on a case-by-case basis. If you are accepted, you must submit a completed parental consent form before you can begin. To receive this form, please email us at email@example.com
- Can volunteering lead to job opportunities? Many of our current employees started as volunteer or interns, but due to the limited number of job openings, there aren't always positions available. We consider volunteering to be an excellent opportunity for professional development, however, volunteering or interning with us does not lead directly to paid work.
- I am a former volunteer; how do I get involved again? Depending on how long it has been since you were a volunteer, it is possible that we will ask you to fill out another application. To receive application materials, please contact Cheyenne Velez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Volunteer Opportunities
To obtain application materials, or for any questions regarding the volunteer program, contact Cheyenne Velez at email@example.com or call 808-848-4171. Volunteer Services is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. Click on the links below for Current Opportunities.
- Entomology Volunteer
- Entomology Internship - Summer 2016
- Castle Memorial Building Greeter
- Morning School Group Greeter
- Special Events Greeter
- Docent Training - 2017
To inquire about opportunities for service groups (example - Key Club), please contact Cheyenne Velez at firstname.lastname@example.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.
Cheyenne Velez, Volunteer & Human Resources Coordinator
Phone: (808) 848-4171
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.