Volunteering at the Port Moody Station Museum

We’ve noticed people googling “Volunteering at Port Moody Museum” and “Port Moody Historical Society Volunteer.” We noticed that those google searches didn’t really lead anywhere useful.

But we’re here to tell you otherwise.

Yes, we have many volunteer opportunities!

Read below about three volunteer jobs for which we always need help. Call us at (604) 939-1648 to inquire about any of these positions.

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HISTORICAL NEWSPAPERS RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS

We are looking for 2-4 interns who are interested in Port Moody’s history and would like to assist in making an inventory of the area’s history.

The Port Moody Station Museum is a source of archival material and interns will help organize this information to make it more accessible.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: 2-4

DESCRIPTION: Working with the Port Moody Station Museum’s newspaper collections, interns will compile dates, article contents and related photos of all Port Moody-related subject matter in newspapers from the Twentieth Century and work backwards to Nineteenth Century newspapers. Interns will also work on a Port Moody timeline together with the Museum Assistant.

In the second stage of the project, interns will create and/or provide input in creating a historical newspaper database, and enter all data relating to print material on Port Moody to the database. Depending on time restrictions and condition of the newspapers, interns may also be required to scan newspaper articles for digital preservation.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Detail-oriented
  • Interested in history and museum procedures
  • Reliable
  • Some computer experience (for the second part of the project): Microsoft Access & Scanning

TIME: Any day from 12 noon to 4 pm (some morning hours are also available depending on Museum staff availability)

DURATION: Internships available year-round; we ask that interns commit to four months.

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TEA ON THE TRAIN VOLUNTEERS

DATES: Sundays in 2005:

  • November 27
  • December 4
  • December 11
  • December 18

TIME: 12:30 – 4:30 pm

Tea and cookies provided

DESCRIPTION: Started in 1998 by Kathy and Mado, two enthusiastic volunteers, the Museum’s tea car Sundays still take place when help is available. To allow these events to continue, the Museum needs more volunteers to serve tea and treats to guests on the train, set-up prior to the event, and clean up after the event.

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ORAL HISTORY TRANSCRIPTIONS

The Port Moody Station Museum’s ongoing oral history project started in 1975. The Museum has hundreds of interviews on tape, CD and digital format. The interviews contain a wealth of information about the City and the Museum hopes to eventually make this information available to researchers, visitors to the Museum and possibly online.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED: No limit

DESCRIPTION: Volunteers transcribe the interviews according to oral history standards to create a Word document as well as a paper copy of each interview. Each volunteer will be trained and supplied with guidelines.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Detail-oriented
  • Interested in history and oral history procedures
  • Reliable
  • Microsoft Word

TIME: Volunteers are assigned oral history CDs and transcribe them from home. During weekdays volunteers may be able to work from the Museum, depending on staff availability.

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SPECIAL EVENTS VOLUNTEERS 2006

  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Canada Day
  • Halloweeen Haunted Train
  • Murder Mystery Dinner

Call the Museum at (604) 939-1648 for more information.

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BENEFITS & REIMBURSEMENTS FOR ALL VOLUNTEER POSITIONS:

  • CAPP hours
  • Learn local history
  • Invitation to volunteer-only party in January
  • Coffee/tea

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