Change the way you see the world and your role in it!
"For me, helping the Museum of Tolerance guests remember the Holocaust and learn tolerance is a wonderful way of giving back." Dr. Barry Kolom, MOT Guide
Congratulations to our 2016 Summer Volunteers and Staff!
Interested in volunteering at the Museum of Tolerance? Know someone who might be? Learn more and apply below!
New volunteer training classes will begin Tuesday, February 7, and run through Thursday, March 23, 2017.
The Museum of Tolerance offers three distinct volunteer programs for people of different ages, with many different interests, skills and abilities:
|MOT Internships or Special Museum Project Volunteers
|MOTivating Teens Volunteer Program
Qualities of a MOT Volunteer:
- Dedication to the mission, goals and ideals of the MOT.
- Respect for cultural diversity and a commitment to social justice.
- Motivation to empower individuals to make a difference.
- Enthusiasm for continual learning and training.
- Reliability as a MOT volunteer.
We are currently welcoming Volunteer applications for:
Greeter and Exhibit Assistants
Be a host/hostess for the MOT, greeting and guiding public visitors through exhibits, and helping out at various exhibit areas in the MOT.
Museum Docents or Tour Guides
Over 140,000 students participate in guided tours at the MOT each year. Volunteer guides bring their enthusiasm and skills to shape a highly interactive educational experience at the MOT.
You will be trained to facilitate tours in the Tolerancenter / Holocaust exhibit and/or in the Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves exhibit.
Library and Archives
Be trained to assist with daily library operations, answering phones, cataloging and research, and with the preparation of digital archival material.
Gift Galleria and Bookstore
Greet customers and assist staff.
We ask our Volunteers for a commitment of at least 1 year and 100
hours (about 10 hours a month), in addition to completing any required
There is an administrative fee of $45 to cover the cost of
training materials. Limited scholarships are available. We also
encourage Museum membership.
Interns* or Special Museum Projects Volunteers
Apply for positions in Museum Education, the Youth Action Lab, Research and Evaluation, or the Library and Archives.
Greet and assist visitors at Museum exhibits, with special exhibitions, and conduct group tours throughout the Museum.
Youth Action Lab
Assist with planning and implementing creative Family Sunday Programs. Research outreach strategies for the Museum, and develop a database. Some Sundays will be required.
Research and Evaluation
Help develop research materials for data collection and conduct visitor surveys. Analyze this data with assistance from museum staff.
Library and Archives
Assist with archival processing and historical research; help with general library operations.
Interns must commit to working 10-15 hours per week. Volunteers must commit to 100 hours per year.
Assignments are awarded in the fall, winter, spring and summer semesters of each year and are open to college juniors, seniors, post-graduate and graduate students.
A Certificate of Acknowledgement is awarded upon the successful completion of the program
*Internships are unpaid and must qualify for college credit. If no
credit is desired, positions are available as Special Museum Projects
MOTivating Teens Volunteers
This new teen program is for high school students grades 9-12. It includes: Independent Museum Exploration and Education Journal; Volunteering as a Teen Docent; a community service/social justice project.
- Applications are being accepted throughout the year.
- Fulfills community service requirements
- One year commitment required
- Minimum 50 volunteer hours per year
MOT Volunteer Orientation Training
Volunteer Applications are accepted throughout the year. Prospective candidates must participate in a personal interview, followed by reference checks. If accepted to our Volunteer Program, prospective volunteers are invited to attend the formal MOT Volunteer Orientation Training or to begin our Independent Volunteer Training Program.
Volunteer training is followed by a flexible Apprenticeship period designed to allow Volunteers to become comfortable with the MOT, its exhibits and the various Volunteer opportunities, and to become certified before beginning active volunteer service.
The eight-week formal Volunteer Orientation Training includes:
- An introduction to the MOT mission & goals
- Visitor Service workshops
- Museum Education methodology
- MOT exhibit information and training
- Holocaust History series, conducted by Senior Researcher
- Global hate.com exhibit and updates, conducted by Senior Researcher
- Tolerance workshops, conducted by professional staff
- Facilitation skills workshops and training
- Logistics of Museum flow
Next Volunteer Orientation Training: Tuesday, February 7 - Thursday, March 23, 2017. (Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1:00 - 4:30pm)
MOT Independent Volunteer Training (IVT) Program
The MOT Independent Volunteer Training Program (IVT) is designed to offer greater flexibility for prospective volunteers who are unable to attend the formal classes, due to school or work schedule conflicts. Prospective volunteers commit to a regular day and time each week that works with their schedule to conduct their training.
The Independent Volunteer Training Program includes three levels of
training, with a syllabus to guide the prospective volunteer in
exploring the various exhibits and historical content of the Museum at
their own pace, and it includes a journaling component.
- Level One: Mandatory Training- Introduction to the Museum and its exhibits
- Level Two: Logistics/ Exhibit Assistant Training
- Level Three: Continuing Education/ Docent Preparation
The MOT also offers update exhibit training and skills workshops for all Volunteers throughout the year.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE . . . BECOME A VOLUNTEER TODAY!
Please contact Director, Museum Volunteer Services at:
Telephone: 310.772.2510 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org