Volunteers at the Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia are a diverse and talented group of people who enjoy sharing their knowledge and experience with others. There are many opportunities for anyone who enjoys working with people, has a love of Jewish history, or would like to learn more about it.
Qualifications and openings for volunteer positions vary depending on the assistance required. While some opportunities require more experience and skills than others, we offer great training and individual orientation sessions. Whether you want to learn, share, explore, discover or engage, there are lots of ways you can contribute to the Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia. Join us and help make history happen.
Become a Volunteer today!
It’s easy! Just complete an application form telling us about your background, interests, education, volunteer and/or work experience, skills, hobbies, and availability. Like other volunteer organizations, in some cases, a criminal record check is required.
Current Volunteer Opportunities:
Library and Archives
Our Library and Archives contains thousands of photographs and items and is used by curators, researchers, students, reporters, and the general public. Volunteers assist in numerous ways and on various projects. Some of the opportunities you can help with include completing research and database updates, assisting with the photograph processing and re-housing, and entering data into the photographic and other database collections. Library and Archives volunteers should have a knowledge of British Columbian and Canadian history, good organizational skills, attention to detail, the ability to take direction, and to work independently. Library, research, and computer skills are great assets but not necessary. Training is provided.
Volunteers with a passion for history conduct Historic Walking Tours of Vancouver and Victoria during the summer. Volunteers should be comfortable with public speaking, dealing with customers, and understand the importance of good delivery techniques. Training is provided. Fluency in 2 or more languages is an asset.
Oral History Interviewer
Volunteers are needed to interview community members as part of the Jewish Historical Society of British Columbia’s Oral History Program. The JHSBC has been interviewing community members for the past thirty-years in order to preserve the history of the Jewish community of British Columbia. This year, the Society is planning to interview more community members than ever before. To meet this goal, we are recruiting new volunteer interviewers.
Volunteering as an Oral History Interviewer is a rewarding experience. You will learn new skills, meet new people, and gain a greater sense of history. Anyone with an interest in history, good listening skills and a desire to learn is encouraged to volunteer.