Work with PMA curators and educators and gain experience in the museum field. Donate your time and talent to the Polish Museum of America and discover opportunities you never imagined. Museum volunteers have a wide range of opportunities and options including:
- Learn about our mission, collections, and organizational systems
- Gain practical and theoretical training in museum work
- Contemplate the role of museums in contemporary society
- Work closely with a members of the PMA staff
- Help organize, catalogue and archive the Museum collection
- Assist with clerical responsibilities
- Help set up exhibits and special events
- Provide technical expertise and support
- Connect with the Museum to design a volunteer experience that best meets your needs
Message from PMA Director
Each year the PMA offers more than 20 individuals of varied background and ages the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the work of the museum through its volunteer program.
TOUR GUIDE / EVENT SUPPORT
Hours: Part-time 10-20 hours per week
Flexible schedule, includes weekday, weekend and evening hours, as needed
(Museum is open for tours Friday through Tuesday, 11 am-4 pm, Wednesday, 11 am-7 pm, and closed on Thursday. Event hours may vary.)
POSITION DESCRIPTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Reports to: Managing Director and President
Objective: To advance the educational goals of the PMA by conducting tours for the general public (children, adults, families) and specific groups (students, seniors, special interest).
- Through formal and informal guided tours of the Museum, tour guides utilize techniques of dialogue, inquiry, and storytelling, to engage with visitors and to encourage exploration of the exhibits. Topics may focus on history of the PMA, Polish American immigration, military activities of Poles and Polonia, Polish art movements, the Polish Pavilion of 1939, and more.
- Following introductory training with senior staff and reviewing PMA published guides, tour guides should continue to familiarize themselves with all permanent exhibitions and well as temporary displays on a regular basis.
General Maintenance duties:
- Tour guides are responsible for opening and closing operations of the Museum (turning on/off lights, alarms; locking/unlocking exhibit rooms, etc.).
- Tour guides should review exhibits, displays, and public spaces regularly for any safety concerns as well as cleanliness.
Admission/Gift shop duties:
- Tour guides must be trained in register procedures of the Gift shop in order to receive payments for guest admission.
- Tour guides should also be familiar with inventory and assist with regular visitor sales.
Event and Programming Support
Reports to: Managing Director and/or Event Coordinator
Objective: To provide staff support during events held at the PMA, ensuring operations run smoothly and without incident, thereby maintaining a positive public perception of the PMA.
- Needed support of events and programming may vary, depending on the event. Support staff should be flexible as unexpected demands may arise.
- Typical responsibilities may include: logistical set-up/break-down of event space, including arranging chairs, tables; preparations/clean-up of food and bar service stations; admissions/coat-check services; etc.
- Support staff will also provide assistance as directed by the Managing Director, Event Coordinator, and/or senior staff; and cooperate with other support staff, interns, and volunteers.
Additional tasks, duties, and responsibilities may be assigned by the Managing Director and the President.
- Full to Native proficiency in both English and Polish REQUIRED -- language skills will be tested
- College or university course work, on-track for diploma preferred, fields of Polish Studies, History, Polish Language, Art, or Political Science helpful
- Good public speaking skills, enthusiastic attitude, interested in working with the bilingual public of all ages, willingness to be involved in PMA programming
PAY AND BENEFITS
- $13.00 per hour
- Free admission to the PMA for family and friends
- 10% discount at the PMA Gift Shop
HOW TO APPLY
Submit cover letter and resume with 2-3 professional or academic references via email to: PMA@PolishMuseumOfAmerica.org, subject line: Tour Guide application – [applicant surname], or mail to: PMA Tour Guide Application, 984 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642-4101
Additional questions can be sent to PMA@PolishMuseumOfAmerica.org.
No phone inquiries.