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The Gardiner Museum houses many interesting and unique treasures but none more valuable than its volunteers.

The Gardiner Museum is proud to be supported by the Gardiner Volunteer Committee (GVC) with volunteers taking on roles as Archivists, Docents, Family Day Ambassadors, Front Desk Volunteers, Librarians, Information Ambassadors, and Shop Volunteers. For more information on each of these seven volunteer roles please continue reading.

There are many benefits to volunteering at the Gardiner Museum including:

  • Becoming a part of a friendly and enthusiastic team of staff and fellow volunteers
  • Volunteer outings and get-togethers
  • Free admission to Gardiner Museum Signature Lectures
  • Discounts in the Gardiner Shop
  • Reciprocal benefits at a large number of other Ontario-based tourist destinations

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Click here to access the application form. Please note, at this time we are not accepting volunteers who are younger than 18.


Archives Volunteers help to preserve the history of the Gardiner Museum and the Gardiner Volunteer Committee. Prior archival training is required for this role. At this time, Archives Volunteers typically work shifts together on Wednesdays from 10 am – 1 pm, and we ask for a commitment of a minimum of one year.


Gardiner Museum Docents are responsible for leading daily guided tours of the permanent collections and special exhibitions, as well as privately booked tours as requested. Intakes for docent training occur less frequently as the training is more extensive and takes roughly six months to complete. Volunteers interested in taking on the docent role should be prepared to commit to a minimum of two years after training. We encourage Gardiner Museum Volunteers in other volunteer roles to apply for docent training (when it is offered) if they are interested in transitioning to a docent position. We are currently planning to offer our next docent training program in late spring/early summer 2019.

Family Days

Family Day Volunteers facilitate our weekly family-oriented workshops that are included in admission every Sunday. Volunteer duties include assisting staff in leading clay-based activities for children, helping families complete scavenger hunts, and more! Volunteers interested in volunteering for Family Days should be willing to commit to a minimum of two Sundays a month for six months, and have an interest in working with children.

Front Desk

Front Desk Volunteers welcome visitors, process admissions and memberships using a point of sale (POS) system, and provide general information to visitors both in person and over the phone. Prior POS experience is an asset but is not required for this position. We ask Front Desk Volunteers to commit to two four-hour shifts per month for a minimum of one year.


Library Volunteers work in the Gail Brooker Ceramic Research Library located in the basement of the Gardiner Museum, which houses over 2,500 volumes. Prior experience working in a library is an asset. Please note: We are not currently accepting any new volunteers for the Library Committee.  

Meet & Greet

Meet & Greet Volunteers act as information ambassadors for the Museum. They provide visitors with information including tour times, hours, accessibility information, and details about the Museum’s collections and history. This is a great starter role for anyone who is interested in taking part in the docent training program at a later date. We ask Meet & Greet Volunteers to commit to two four-hour shifts per month for a minimum of one year.

Gardiner Shop

Shop Volunteers provide customers with information about Gardiner Shop artists and pieces, process sales and memberships using a point of sale (POS) system, and assist staff with inventory. Prior POS and retail experience is an asset but is not required for this position. We ask Shop Volunteers to commit to two four-hour shifts per month for a minimum of one year.

We also offer additional volunteer opportunities only available to volunteers active in one of the above seven committees. Participation in these “mini-committees” is entirely voluntary and is not a requirement of volunteering at the Gardiner Museum; however many volunteers find these experiences rewarding and enjoyable.

  • Administrative Volunteers: Ranging from envelope stuffing to making phone calls, administrative volunteer opportunities arise on a regular basis. The specifics of the required task is always given before the shifts are released.
  • Special Events Volunteers: The Gardiner Museum holds a variety of programming and special events throughout the year, and often volunteer support is welcomed. Duties in this area vary depending on the event, and details are always given beforehand.
  • Fundraising: The GVC actively fundraises for the Gardiner Museum, hosting an annual Joy of Ceramics Luncheon coordinated entirely by our volunteers.


Thank you for considering volunteering at the Gardiner Museum.

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