New Opportunities at the Minnesota Children's Museum
Position Title: Playologist
Commitment Expectation: 15 shifts in 6 months
Assignment Supervisor: Visitor Services Coordinator Department: Visitor Services
Phone Extension: 6046 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Updated: 8/15/08
Volunteers that interact with visitors help Minnesota Children's Museum accomplish its mission through providing visitors with playful educational activities that provide additional depth and unexpected "Wow!" experiences to their visit.
• Play in the Museum Galleries and in the lobby, welcoming visitors and engaging them in fun, playful experiences.
• Facilitate informal educational programs for Museum visitors.
• Assist in the process of checking-in school groups and members.
• Provide customer service and interact appropriately with visitors.
• Use developmentally appropriate terms, phrases, and concepts when interacting with children.
• Convey a welcoming, positive and enthusiastic attitude to all visitors through verbal and non-verbal communication.
• Set up, monitor and clean up any supplies, props and materials used.
• Keep all areas you work in/get supplies from neat and orderly.
• Communicate supply needs and other relevant information to your assignment supervisor in a timely fashion.
• Encourage visitors to follow Museum policies and procedures.
• Report any safety and/or security concerns to a Museum staff member immediately.
• Interest and skill in interacting with young children and their adult caregivers from a variety of backgrounds.
• Excellent verbal communication skills.
• Ability to work with groups of people and tolerate busy or crowded situations.
• Interest in learning and practicing skills in developmentally appropriate interactions.
• Ability to maintain a high level of energy during your shift.
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
• Volunteer Orientation
• Visitor Interaction Training
• Assignment Training - specific training on how to do the activities with Museum visitors
Knowledge, Skills and Experience You Can Gain
• Activity facilitation skills and experience.
• Experience and skills providing customer service.
• Experience and skills in engaging young children and adult caregivers in activities.
• Knowledge of early childhood development, informal education and multiple intelligence theory.
• Informal and formal opportunities for social interaction with visitors, other volunteers and staff members.
• One free Museum membership after 50 hours, 100 hours, and every additional hundred hours.
• Two free guest passes when you begin volunteering, and four free guest passes after you complete your first 25 hours.
• Hours award pins after 50 hours, 100 hours and every additional hundred hours.
• Invitations to fun parties and get-togethers for volunteers
• Letters of reference when requested.
• Days: Tuesdays - Fridays
• Frequency: Once regular shift per week
• Shifts: Three hour shift preferred, minimum 2 hour shift
Shifts may start at 8:45 a.m., 9:45, a.m.,11:45 a.m. or 1:45 p.m.
On Fridays, an additional start time is available at 3:45 p.m.
Procedure to follow if more than 15 minutes late or if unable to work
• Notify security by calling 225-6056 and leave the following information
o Your name, phone number, and volunteer position
o Your scheduled shift