Volunteers are an essential part of our museum program! These valued individuals allow the museum to do more in fulfilling our mission and in service to the community.
Current Volunteer Needs:
- Docents willing to lead school tours
- Education Support Volunteers willing to prepare craft supplies
10 Years of Volunteer Service
Sarah Arnell, Maria Buccino, Ginger Krudup, Ellen Lewis, Phil McArthur, Faye Orchekowski, Sara Risley
The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures’ Volunteer Program is aimed at empowering each volunteer to accomplish educational, social, and personal goals.
Volunteers are encouraged to select their service preferences, with guidance from the museum’s education staff, and choose the frequency and details of their volunteer schedules.
General Volunteer Requirements:
- 14+ years of age
- Willingness to work with others
- Enthusiastic and optimistic perspective
- Good listening skills, patience, and a flexible disposition
- Proficiency in Spanish is a plus
- Background Check for certain positions
Areas of Volunteer Service:
Docents are well-trained museum educators who have a robust understanding of fine art, history, architecture, and craftsmanship in addition to a detailed focus on the museum’s collection of miniatures. Docents lead tours for diverse groups including school children, families, clubs, and older adults and must be very comfortable with public speaking and audience engagement. Docents are imaginative, flexible, eager learners, and good listeners. No previous knowledge of miniatures is necessary. Aspiring docents must attend a season-long training that culminates in a practice test and practice tour. This position requires a two-year commitment.
- Completion of the Docent training
- Minimum of a two-year commitment
- Museum Membership
- Excellent communication skills
- Comfortable with public speaking
- Desire to be a lifelong learner
- Weekly and monthly availability to lead tours
- Background check (and/or AZ Fingerprint Clearance Card)
Geared toward students ages 14 to 22 with interests in museums, miniatures, art, crafts, history, and culture. The Mini M.E. volunteer program is perfect for teen and young adult volunteers looking to engage with art, practice public speaking skills, and learn from artists and museum professionals.
Learn more about this program and how to apply here.
Education Support Volunteers assist in preparing craft projects – cutting, gluing, organizing, gathering supplies – while providing additional support to Education Instructors in art-based and craft programs such as Kids Create, Summer Camp, and Tinker Workshops.
- Ability to work as a member of a team
- Great communication skills
- Creative with an interest in crafts or art
- Welcoming attitude
Guest Services Volunteers are the welcoming face of The Museum, acting as Gallery Monitors and/or Event Support. These positions are the best way to start as a volunteer as these roles introduce the volunteer to museum staff, collections, and facility while working directly with museum guests. Museum policies and an introduction/orientation will be provided.
- Comfortable interacting with the public
- An understanding of the museum’s rules and policies
- Introductory knowledge of the museum, museum programming, and upcoming events
Museum Operations Volunteers spend more time behind-the-scenes than they do interacting with the public. Hours are more flexible, and projects are coordinated depending on organizational needs. Potential projects may depend on the skills and background of the volunteer and may vary from academic research or records organization to building maintenance.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365
- General understanding of current technology and analog office equipment
- Follows directions
- Works well in teams, but can get work done independently
- Willingness to accomplish a variety of tasks
- If interested in Facility Support: must be able to bend, reach, lift objects