Volunteering at the Village is educational, rewarding, challenging and fun! There are many areas for which you can volunteer. Costumed interpretation, school programs, special events like Haunted Village and Canada Day, or working with artifacts are just some of the opportunities we offer. Our current volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and range in age from 14 to over 70.
Discover all the benefits of volunteering at the Burnaby Village Museum: make new friends; increase your knowledge of history and heritage; gain valuable work experience in a new field and connect with your community. Our Volunteers:
Volunteers here at the Village also enjoy complimentary lunches, special discounts and promotions, ongoing professional development opportunities, and invitations to volunteer recognition and VIP events. Costumed Interpretation and School Program Volunteers are also provided with historical costumes while working on site.
Working as part of the Burnaby Village Museum camps team, volunteers ensure that children ages 5-12 gain an appreciation of the Museum and local history. Camps usually run at Spring Break and during July and August. Camp Volunteers meet and greet participants and interact with children throughout the day. Camp Volunteers prepare and assist with crafts and participate in games and other heritage activities. Volunteers may be asked to work with individual participants or with groups of children.
Under the direction of the Assistant Curator, Collections Volunteers work in specific areas of the Museum’s collection cataloging artifacts. This would include recording details of the item’s condition, history and provenance. This information is added to the Museum’s database.
Under the direction of the Conservator, volunteers repair, maintain and sometimes operate vintage cars from the Museum’s collection. This category also includes volunteers who repair, maintain and sometimes operate steam equipment and mechanized musical instruments.
Costumed Interpreters assist on site when the Museum is open to the general public, usually from May-September and November through to early January. Volunteers dress in costume and are usually stationed in homes and businesses in the Village. They make visitors feel welcome and engage them in learning through informal conversations. These volunteers may also lead interpretive activities for the general public.
Under the direction of the Assistant Curator, Research Volunteers work conduct collections-based research, related to objects in the collection (such as a history of radios or genealogy research). They may also conduct interviews and conduct online research.
School Program Volunteers are trained to give specific set programs, which are designed to complement the BC curriculum. School programs generally run September-November and January-April. School Program Volunteers dress in costume, lead school children and ESL
Working under the direction of the Costume Coordinator, Sewing Circle Volunteers use a sewing machine and a Serger to perform tasks related to the museum’s costuming department. This may include but is not limited to hand sewing, ironing, needle work, mending and other tasks as required.