Volunteering at the Palmer Museum
Volunteers can support the Palmer Museum of History & Art in many ways. Whatever you interests and skills, your time and energy is needed!
Volunteer Docents lead tours at least one day a week for at least one season. Docents facilitate conversations and lead activities with visitors in the museum’s permanent collection, special exhibitions, and outreach programs. Good docents are the public face of the Museum, ensuring a memorable and positive visit for each visitor. If you consider yourself a people person and have knowledge of Alaska in general and Palmer in particular, this job is for you!
Volunteer Museum Technicians help us implement our collection management goals by assisting with cataloging and organizing our collections. If you want to learn more about preserving artifacts and you love to make things neat and tidy, this job is for you!
Event Volunteers assist staff during museum events such as the Palmer Midsummer Garden and Art Faire, Demo Fridays, Twas the Night Before Colony Christmas and more. Public events are only as successful as the people coordinating behind the scenes, from pre-planning to take-down there are ample opportunities to put your skills to use and a lot of fun to be had. If you work well with others, want to improve your skill set or perhaps are just an exciting party planner, then this is the job for you!
If you're interested in volunteering or would like more information, please let us know about your availability and interests by filling out the form below:
Summer Employment Opportunities
The Palmer Museum of History and Art hires its additional seasonal staff during April of each year. Those applicants interested in seeking employment with the museum should submit their applications during the hiring window when it becomes available. Applications may be either electronically submitted through e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or hand delivered to the Museum at its location at 723 S. Valley Way, Palmer, Alaska.
Summer Guest Educator/Visitor Information Specialist
Job Type: Part-time seasonal (April 17, 2017 – September 30, 2017), minimum 20hrs/wk
Base Salary: $9.85/hr
Location: Palmer, Alaska
We are seeking highly motivated individuals who demonstrate applicable work experience and who possesses high levels of initiative, enthusiasm, creativity, and interpersonal skills. We are a small historical/art museum and visitor center, so our customer service attendants share all duties. Main duties include guest interaction, visitor services, general clerical work requiring knowledge of office practices and procedures and the ability to communicate effectively with others, gift store attendant, museum docent, and light housekeeping. Must be a “people person” who thrives on public contact, previous customer service, tourism and museum and/or gallery experience preferred.
A person hired for this position will be required to successfully complete training in visitor information services and customer relations; and to attend orientation training sessions and familiarization tours to be familiar with area services and attractions (April 17-30, 2017).
Essential Duties include but are not limited to:
• Provides information to visitors in a courteous and concise manner; informs visitors of
recreational sites, attractions, events and visitor services available in the Greater Palmer area.
• Updates information files and brochure racks on a regular basis and records pertinent visitor data.
• Prepares statistical reports and inputs information into computer database.
• Prepares materials for direct mailings; answers phone calls and responds to email requests for information.
• Assists in museum programming, tours and events.
• Organizes and maintains filing system and resource material in the Visitor Center.
• Handles money, stocks mechanize and helps visitors in the museum shop.
• Maintains flexibility in scheduling, to include some holidays and weekends.
• Cleans and maintains bathrooms, exhibit areas and facility on a daily basis.
Ideal Applicants should possess the following skills:
• General knowledge of office practices, procedures and applications.
• Ability to multitask and coordinate effectively.
• Ability to be resourceful in gathering and giving visitor information.
• Ability to be tactful and courteous in order to project a favorable image.
• Ability to maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees and the general public.
• A thorough knowledge of the Greater Palmer area and its various visitor services; a basic
knowledge of Alaska.
• Ability to arrange, place and file records and reports in a proper sequence.
• Ability to prepare and present information in correct written or oral form.
• Ability to provide excellent customer service, with strong phone, written and verbal
• Ability to learn basic cash register and inventory procedures and work with money.
• Understanding of basic computer programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, Adobe Acrobat, internet).
Physical requirements include sitting or standing for extended periods of time, walking, and lifting boxes, books and files of approximately 50 pounds or less. Work may include extended periods viewing a computer video monitor or operating a keyboard. Work may include operating a motor vehicle.
Minimum Experience and Training
High School diploma preferred (minimum age requirement of 16 years old) and some experience working with the public in public relations, communications, or publicity work.
Must be able to operate computers without assistance.
Applications for 2017 summer employment are no longer being accepted. We thank you for your interest and invite you to check back with us for the 2018 summer season.