Become a MOA Volunteer

Are you interested in museums and world arts and cultures? Do you like meeting new people? Are you an active learner? If so, you should consider joining our friendly team of MOA Volunteer Associates.
MOA volunteers contribute their time and expertise to many of the programs, activities and events at the museum. Our success depends on the support of enthusiastic volunteers who benefit from thorough training and ongoing educational opportunities.

The Volunteer Associates

Volunteers become members of a self-governing Volunteer Association that works under the direction of MOA staff to meet many of our public education, research and collections needs. Volunteers contribute through the following committees:

  • Archaeology Collections and Programs
  • Collections and Conservation
  • Educational Programs
  • Gallery Guided Tours
  • Library and Archives
  • Research
  • Textiles
  • Visitor Information

MOA recruit new volunteers each spring. If you would like to know when recruitment begins for 2018, please sign up to get email updates.

All new volunteers will be required to attend MOA 101, our Introductory Training Seminar, held during office hours on the following Mondays: June 19, September 11 and Septmber 25, 2017.

After completing MOA 101, new volunteers join their committees and will undertake training specific to that committee.

Volunteers must also participate in two or more relevant UBC Anthropology courses within their first five years of service. There is no cost to the volunteer in taking these courses.

Volunteers are expected to commit a minimum of 75 hours a year. Service hours include meetings, seminars, training related to committee work and program delivery.

We are currently recruiting volunteers for the Education and Visitor Information committees.
There will be two optional Information Sessions at MOA:

  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 2 pm
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7 pm

Further information regarding each of the committee requirements can be found below.

Please make sure that you are able to meet the time commitments described, both for the training and the ongoing committee work.

Education Volunteers: Details


Education volunteers present a variety of programs to elementary and secondary school groups. Each program is 90 minutes or 2 hours long and is co-presented by two volunteers. The programs are highly interactive and students have the opportunity to handle museum objects, participate in activities and view museum displays.

Education volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The ideal volunteer should:

  • Enjoy working with children or teens.
  • Have a strong interest in First Nations cultures.


Experience working with children or teens is an asset.

All new volunteers will be required to attend all three sessions of MOA 101, the Introductory Training Seminar, held on the following Mondays: June 19 (9:30 am – 12 pm), September 11 & 25 (9:30 am – 2 pm).

New volunteers have a mentor to guide them through the training process which generally takes place during the day on Mondays when the museum is closed to visitors. New Education volunteers are trained on two programs in their first year – The Pole Walk and Cedar: The Tree of Life. They are trained on one program from October-December and training on the second program takes place from February to April.

Once training is complete, volunteers are asked to commit to one day per week when they will be available to present these programs to school groups either in the morning or the afternoon.


  • 2 – 3 years
  • 2.5 hours/week
  • School programs are delivered Tuesdays to Fridays from October to mid-December and January to early June.
  • Note that there are no school programs in July and August.
  • Additional volunteer opportunities are available to Education Committee members who wish to volunteer in the summer months.
  • General Meetings for all volunteers take place six times a year on Monday afternoons
  • Education Committee meetings take place 6 times a year on Mondays before the General Meeting


Visitor Information Volunteers: Details


Visitor Information volunteers are the first point of contact for MOA visitors. They welcome visitors from all over the world and provide information on the museum’s tours, special exhibits and programs as well as general tourist information. 

Volunteers should be:

  • Interested in meeting people.
  • Willing to answer visitors’ enquiries in a patient and engaging manner.
  • Public relations experience and foreign language skills are valuable assets.



  • All new volunteers will be required to attend all three sessions of MOA 101, the Introductory Training Seminar, held on the following Mondays: June 19, September 11 and September 25, from 9:30 am until 12 pm.
  • Visitor Information recruits will begin shifts following the first MOA 101 session.
  • Committee specific training consists of two shifts with an experienced volunteer prior to being scheduled for an individual shift.
  • Ongoing in-service training occurs throughout the year at committee and General Meetings.



  • 2 years
  • 2.5 hours/week
  • Shifts are usually 10:30 am – 1:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 3:30 daily, and 5 pm – 7:30 pm Thursday evenings year round.
  • Committee meetings take place approximately three times a year on Thursday evenings


Please click here to apply online.
Application deadline: April 13, 2017.


Interested in volunteering? Please email