Current Volunteer Opportunities

University of Alberta Museums - Volunteer Gallery Docent

Position Overview

The University of Alberta Museums is launching a new exhibit featuring textiles from the Mactaggart Art Collection.

This exhibit takes place February 27, 2020 to May 1, 2020 at the UAlberta Museums’ Gallery A, TELUS Centre (87 Avenue & 111 Street). This exhibit is open to the public and will include artifacts from the Mactaggart Art Collection and educational programming (lectures, tours).

The volunteers recruited for this position will be stationed at the TELUS International Centre, UAlberta Museums Gallery A. Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate strong bilingual language skills in English and Mandarin or Cantonese.

The Role

Volunteer Gallery Docents act as ambassadors for the UAlberta Museums. They are knowledgeable, dedicated, and passionate people who play an integral role in supporting the UAlberta Museums in engaging with exhibition visitors. They assist with daily gallery operations, special events, and educational programming throughout the exhibition run.


4-6 Volunteers
2-3 Volunteers with bilingual language skills (Mandarin or Cantonese)


  • Greeting visitors during regular hours and events
  • Engaging with visitors by responding to their inquiries and providing additional information when requested
  • Maintaining security in the gallery by being present in the exhibition space
  • Presenting visitors with feedback surveys
  • Ensuring the overall tidiness of the gallery and reception area
  • Assisting with special events, programming, and gallery operations including: set-up/take-down, attendance tracking, greeting, and managing visitor capacity


Interested applicants must be available during the exhibition run, February 27- May 1, 2020 during regular gallery hours (Thursdays to Saturdays from 12:00PM - 5:00PM). We ask that volunteers commit to a minimum of one 2-3 hour shift per week. Some special events or programming may take place outside of regular hours, which will be communicated ahead of time.


Volunteer Gallery Docents must be personable and comfortable working with the public. Due to the nature of the exhibit, a working knowledge of textile techniques or ancient East Asian culture is ideal. Bilingual skills in Mandarin or Cantonese are strongly preferred. Previous experience in a museum or art gallery setting is an asset. Successful applicants will be required to provide a police security check prior to beginning in their position.

How To Apply

Please send your application form, resume, and statement of intent as one PDF package to museums@ualberta.ca by midnight, January 29th, 2020. Include ‘Attention Christina Marocco: Volunteer Application’ as your subject line.

Applications must include the following:

  • A completed UAlberta Museums Volunteer Application Form
  • A resume
  • A maximum one page statement of interest that identifies:
    • Any relevant skills, interests, hobbies, or experience
    • Why you want to volunteer with UAlberta Museums