Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space volunteers have the opportunity to learn about the workings of a history museum and contribute valuable services to a nonprofit organization. We accept applications at all times, and keep those applicants we don’t contact immediately on a waiting list, to be reconsidered when more volunteer positions become available in the future.
There are two volunteer categories at this time: Museum Construction Volunteers and Museum Department Volunteers. Your application should include your contact information, availability, previous volunteer and professional experience, and a personal statement addressing why you wish to volunteer at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, and what interests, skills and experiences you would bring to the position (maximum 300 words).
Museum Construction Volunteers
The Museum has only recently acquired a storefront for its space, and needs help to make it usable. We need volunteers to complete the following tasks:
1. Acquiring donated materials. Right now we need around 600 square feet of tile, a spiral staircase, a two-zone central air-conditioning system, and hundreds of feet of BX cable. We will also need a cash register computer.
2. Checking Craigslist, Materials for the Arts and Freecycle for materials, making appointments with them and organizing pick-ups.
3. Electrical work: running BX cables and wires.
4. Video, audio and computer work.
5. Help building walls, carpentry, cash register system, etc.
Museum Department Volunteers
1. Fundraising volunteers. We need people to write grants, collect names and addresses of potential donors, write letters to potential donors, and organize memberships and individual contributions.
2. Desk Volunteers. Desk volunteers will staff the Museum’s desk. These volunteers will sell memberships, tours and merchandise, and assist Museum visitors with information regarding Museum policies, programs and events. They will begin volunteering before the Museum opens, and watch the space while construction is occurring.
3. Photography and video organizers, archivists. We need people to collect video and pictures, and organize them so that they may be made accessible to the public.
5. Volunteer coordinator.