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Volunteer at Museum of the Bible as we invite all people to engage with the Bible! We welcome applications from the greater Washington, D.C., area from individuals 18 and up who align with our mission.

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Information Desk Volunteer

Four-hour Shifts

Information Desk Volunteers support the museum’s mission of engaging all people with the Bible by inviting guests to create an unforgettable experience at Museum of the Bible. In this role, you will provide Museum of the Bible guests with a welcoming atmosphere and share valuable information about museum exhibitions, attractions, experiences, education programs, services, dining and more.

OBJECTIVE
  • Inspire guests to engage with the Bible through exhibitions and provide guests with information to begin their journey at the museum. This dynamic role positively impacts the guest experience at Museum of the Bible.

OPERATING DUTIES
  • Greet guests as they approach
  • Engage guests by telling them about the exhibitions and attractions
  • Advise guests on popular features of the museum
  • Orient guests to building flow
  • Respond to guest questions

Skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Clear communication of directions to guests and ability to answer questions
  • Knowledge of museum exhibitions and attractions, as discussed in mandatory volunteer training
  • Enjoy working with diverse people and guests
  • Basic computer skills


Guest Services Volunteer

Four-hour Shifts

As one of the first representatives guests encounter on their visit to Museum of the Bible, Guest Services Volunteers in the Grand Hall Float position warmly welcome guests as they start their journey through the museum. This position plays an essential role in the overall guest experience and is a great opportunity to share information about the museum.

OBJECTIVE
  • Welcome guests and share information about the museum and exhibitions to provide a memorable guest experience. The Grand Hall Float position represents the organization to the public who visit the museum and makes a memorable first impression on them.

OPERATING DUTIES
  • Moving around the Grand Hall, welcoming guests, meeting their needs and making sure they know how to begin their visit
  • Anticipate any special wants or needs (coat, package or bag check, wheelchair assistance, museum maps, tour information, etc.)
  • Engage with all guests and respond to their questions and requests
  • Orient guests to building flow
  • Participate in 4.5-hour training session

SKILLS
  • Outgoing personality, enjoys interacting with guests
  • Knowledge of Museum of the Bible galleries and content
  • Adapts well to fast-moving environment


Docent

Docents reach out to our guests and engage with diverse audiences for a more immersive experience at Museum of the Bible. As a docent, you will expand on exhibition themes and make the history and impact of the Bible more relatable to guests. Docents inspire guest interest and imagination by asking engaging questions and encouraging the active participation of each guest on the tour. Docents make historical events relevant to our guests and share how impactful the Bible has been throughout the centuries!

OBJECTIVE
  • Give tours that present accurate information on the permanent exhibitions and the history of the building.

OPERATING DUTIES
  • Present accurate and approved content
  • Warmly welcome guests before tours
  • Collect tour tickets
  • Involve guests with the themes in the exhibitions
  • Engage guests with dialogue about the artifacts to spark further interest to explore more on their own

SKILLS
  • Ability to respond and react to guest feedback and interaction
  • Use training strategies to enhance tours

TRAINING
  • Training sessions for new docents are scheduled approximately two times each year at the discretion of the Museum Education Department. Individuals accepted into the program must participate in approximately 96 hours of mandatory orientation and training over an eight-week period. These sessions will provide instruction on each of the tours that the museum offers.
  • Additionally, new volunteers will receive training on the skills and responsibilities of docents including presentation techniques, tips for working with visitors and program policies.


Education Cart Assistant

Two-hour Shifts

Education Cart Assistants enhance our guests’ experience by inviting people to participate in the exhibitions in active and creative ways. This role provides our volunteers with the opportunity to spark guests’ curiosity and facilitate a greater understanding of the exhibits by a hands-on approach. This activity also encourages guests to delve deeper into museum content by exploring on devices such as iPads, touch screens, etc.

OBJECTIVE
  • Welcome guests share information about the exhibit, help answer questions, assist guests inside the exhibit, and encourage guests to engage with the activities on the provided devices.

OPERATING DUTIES
  • Assist the Museum Education Department with the provided activity carts and iPads
  • Invite guests to interact with the exhibit in a unique way
  • Explain how to operate the provided devices

SKILLS
  • Basic iPad skills


Education Department Assistant

Three-hour Shifts

Education Department Assistants improve the guest experience by assisting the Museum Education Department with the docent tour schedule. The volunteer will prepare bags filled with the whisper mic headsets which are used for guests during docent-led tours. This process will greatly enable a smooth distribution of the whisper mics for each of the scheduled tours. Other duties may be assigned as needed by the Museum Education Department.

OBJECTIVE
  • Welcome guests, help answer questions, and assist guests with the whisper mic devices.

OPERATING DUTIES
  • Assist the Museum Education Department with the daily tours by greeting guests and collecting tickets for the tour
  • Prepare bags of whisper mics for the docents and guests for each tour
  • Help docents distribute the whisper mics to guests who have signed up for a tour
  • Other duties as assigned

SKILLS
  • Ability to prioritize tasks.


Theater Ushers

Museum of the Bible is home to the World Stage Theater. This 472-seat theater hosts concerts, films, plays and other events for the Washington, D.C., community and beyond. Join our team of volunteer ushers to greet and assist all guests attending performances and events at the theater. Volunteer Theater Ushers provide a welcoming environment and create an enjoyable experience for guests.

OBJECTIVE
  • Cheerfully invite guests into the World Stage Theater, help guests find their seats and inspire guests to engage with the Bible through theater!

OPERATING DUTIES
  • Welcome guests to the World Stage Theater
  • Assist guests in finding their seats
  • Answer questions about seating and the performances
  • Report to the World Stage Theater Manager

SKILLS
  • Communication of clear instructions to guests
  • Ability to stand for 2+ hours


Special Events Assistants

Special Events Assistants support the Museum Events Team and engage with guests as the museum hosts various groups and events. In this role, volunteers meet diverse groups of people and improve their experience by warmly welcoming them to the museum and offer any assistance they may need. As a Special Events Assistant, you will have the opportunity to create a memorable museum experience.

OBJECTIVE
  • Welcome and direct guests to events and help check them in if necessary.

OPERATING DUTIES
  • Welcome guests to the World Stage Theater
  • Assist guests in finding their seats
  • Answer questions about seating and the performances
  • Report to the World Stage Theater Manager

SKILLS
  • Give directions as guests arrive to the events
  • Take directions from the World Stage Theater Manager
  • Ability to stand for 1+ hours


  • A commitment to Museum of the Bible’s mission to invite all people to engage with the Bible
  • Minimum commitment of one (1) year
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Access to a computer and valid email address
  • Basic computer and email skills for training, scheduling and communication
  • Desire to deliver exceptional customer service to our guests and staff
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and a positive attitude
  • Ability to stand for a minimum of four (4) hours with minimal assistance
  • Available during museum hours of operation, which include weekdays, weekends and evenings
  • Desire to be cross trained in a variety of museum departments
  • Ability to complete mandatory 4.5+ hours of training (The Docent Program requires additional 96 hours of training)

Shifts of various lengths are available weekdays, weekends and evenings:

  • Information Desk and Guest Services Volunteer: 4 hours
  • Education Department Assistant: 3 hours
  • Education Cart Assistant: 2 hours
  • Theater Ushers: 2+ hours
  • Events Team: 1.5+ hours
  • Docents: 1.5+ hours

Volunteers receive great benefits, including:

  • Participation in a community that shares a common goal to invite all people to engage with the Bible
  • Partnering with other volunteers and staff to establish Museum of the Bible as a world-class institution
  • Opportunities to learn about the history, impact and stories of the Bible
  • Regular interactions with a diverse group of people from around the world
  • First-hand knowledge of lectures, special events and theater productions
  • Discount to the Museum Shop, Manna Restaurant and Milk + Honey Café
  • Potential volunteer tax deductions (consult your CPA, financial or tax advisor)
How old do I have to be to volunteer?

You must be 18 years old or above to volunteer at Museum of the Bible.

What is the time commitment to join the volunteer program?

We ask for a monthly eight-hour minimum commitment for one year to join the volunteer program. Due to the training requirements, volunteers must be willing to meet these program standards.

Am I required to complete a background check?

Yes, all volunteers must successfully complete a thorough background check.

What is the volunteer schedule?

Volunteer opportunities are available in four-hour shifts on weekdays, weekends and evenings with a minimum of eight hours per month.

I am interested in volunteering and can meet all the program’s requirements (e.g. can attend all training classes, make the time commitment, etc.). What do I do next?

Fill out the online application and we will contact you for an interview if we have volunteer spaces available.

To volunteer, do I need a degree in biblical studies or any other field?

No, our volunteers come from varied backgrounds but possess a desire to engage all people with the Bible!

Service Areas

Information Desk Volunteer

Four-hour Shifts

Information Desk Volunteers support the museum’s mission of engaging all people with the Bible by inviting guests to create an unforgettable experience at Museum of the Bible. In this role, you will provide Museum of the Bible guests with a welcoming atmosphere and share valuable information about museum exhibitions, attractions, experiences, education programs, services, dining and more.

OBJECTIVE
  • Inspire guests to engage with the Bible through exhibitions and provide guests with information to begin their journey at the museum. This dynamic role positively impacts the guest experience at Museum of the Bible.

OPERATING DUTIES
  • Greet guests as they approach
  • Engage guests by telling them about the exhibitions and attractions
  • Advise guests on popular features of the museum
  • Orient guests to building flow
  • Respond to guest questions

Skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Clear communication of directions to guests and ability to answer questions
  • Knowledge of museum exhibitions and attractions, as discussed in mandatory volunteer training
  • Enjoy working with diverse people and guests
  • Basic computer skills


Guest Services Volunteer

Four-hour Shifts

As one of the first representatives guests encounter on their visit to Museum of the Bible, Guest Services Volunteers in the Grand Hall Float position warmly welcome guests as they start their journey through the museum. This position plays an essential role in the overall guest experience and is a great opportunity to share information about the museum.

OBJECTIVE
  • Welcome guests and share information about the museum and exhibitions to provide a memorable guest experience. The Grand Hall Float position represents the organization to the public who visit the museum and makes a memorable first impression on them.

OPERATING DUTIES
  • Moving around the Grand Hall, welcoming guests, meeting their needs and making sure they know how to begin their visit
  • Anticipate any special wants or needs (coat, package or bag check, wheelchair assistance, museum maps, tour information, etc.)
  • Engage with all guests and respond to their questions and requests
  • Orient guests to building flow
  • Participate in 4.5-hour training session

SKILLS
  • Outgoing personality, enjoys interacting with guests
  • Knowledge of Museum of the Bible galleries and content
  • Adapts well to fast-moving environment


Docent

Docents reach out to our guests and engage with diverse audiences for a more immersive experience at Museum of the Bible. As a docent, you will expand on exhibition themes and make the history and impact of the Bible more relatable to guests. Docents inspire guest interest and imagination by asking engaging questions and encouraging the active participation of each guest on the tour. Docents make historical events relevant to our guests and share how impactful the Bible has been throughout the centuries!

OBJECTIVE
  • Give tours that present accurate information on the permanent exhibitions and the history of the building.

OPERATING DUTIES
  • Present accurate and approved content
  • Warmly welcome guests before tours
  • Collect tour tickets
  • Involve guests with the themes in the exhibitions
  • Engage guests with dialogue about the artifacts to spark further interest to explore more on their own

SKILLS
  • Ability to respond and react to guest feedback and interaction
  • Use training strategies to enhance tours

TRAINING
  • Training sessions for new docents are scheduled approximately two times each year at the discretion of the Museum Education Department. Individuals accepted into the program must participate in approximately 96 hours of mandatory orientation and training over an eight-week period. These sessions will provide instruction on each of the tours that the museum offers.
  • Additionally, new volunteers will receive training on the skills and responsibilities of docents including presentation techniques, tips for working with visitors and program policies.


Education Cart Assistant

Two-hour Shifts

Education Cart Assistants enhance our guests’ experience by inviting people to participate in the exhibitions in active and creative ways. This role provides our volunteers with the opportunity to spark guests’ curiosity and facilitate a greater understanding of the exhibits by a hands-on approach. This activity also encourages guests to delve deeper into museum content by exploring on devices such as iPads, touch screens, etc.

OBJECTIVE
  • Welcome guests share information about the exhibit, help answer questions, assist guests inside the exhibit, and encourage guests to engage with the activities on the provided devices.

OPERATING DUTIES
  • Assist the Museum Education Department with the provided activity carts and iPads
  • Invite guests to interact with the exhibit in a unique way
  • Explain how to operate the provided devices

SKILLS
  • Basic iPad skills


Education Department Assistant

Three-hour Shifts

Education Department Assistants improve the guest experience by assisting the Museum Education Department with the docent tour schedule. The volunteer will prepare bags filled with the whisper mic headsets which are used for guests during docent-led tours. This process will greatly enable a smooth distribution of the whisper mics for each of the scheduled tours. Other duties may be assigned as needed by the Museum Education Department.

OBJECTIVE
  • Welcome guests, help answer questions, and assist guests with the whisper mic devices.

OPERATING DUTIES
  • Assist the Museum Education Department with the daily tours by greeting guests and collecting tickets for the tour
  • Prepare bags of whisper mics for the docents and guests for each tour
  • Help docents distribute the whisper mics to guests who have signed up for a tour
  • Other duties as assigned

SKILLS
  • Ability to prioritize tasks.


Theater Ushers

Museum of the Bible is home to the World Stage Theater. This 472-seat theater hosts concerts, films, plays and other events for the Washington, D.C., community and beyond. Join our team of volunteer ushers to greet and assist all guests attending performances and events at the theater. Volunteer Theater Ushers provide a welcoming environment and create an enjoyable experience for guests.

OBJECTIVE
  • Cheerfully invite guests into the World Stage Theater, help guests find their seats and inspire guests to engage with the Bible through theater!

OPERATING DUTIES
  • Welcome guests to the World Stage Theater
  • Assist guests in finding their seats
  • Answer questions about seating and the performances
  • Report to the World Stage Theater Manager

SKILLS
  • Communication of clear instructions to guests
  • Ability to stand for 2+ hours


Special Events Assistants

Special Events Assistants support the Museum Events Team and engage with guests as the museum hosts various groups and events. In this role, volunteers meet diverse groups of people and improve their experience by warmly welcoming them to the museum and offer any assistance they may need. As a Special Events Assistant, you will have the opportunity to create a memorable museum experience.

OBJECTIVE
  • Welcome and direct guests to events and help check them in if necessary.

OPERATING DUTIES
  • Welcome guests to the World Stage Theater
  • Assist guests in finding their seats
  • Answer questions about seating and the performances
  • Report to the World Stage Theater Manager

SKILLS
  • Give directions as guests arrive to the events
  • Take directions from the World Stage Theater Manager
  • Ability to stand for 1+ hours



Qualifications

  • A commitment to Museum of the Bible’s mission to invite all people to engage with the Bible
  • Minimum commitment of one (1) year
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Access to a computer and valid email address
  • Basic computer and email skills for training, scheduling and communication
  • Desire to deliver exceptional customer service to our guests and staff
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and a positive attitude
  • Ability to stand for a minimum of four (4) hours with minimal assistance
  • Available during museum hours of operation, which include weekdays, weekends and evenings
  • Desire to be cross trained in a variety of museum departments
  • Ability to complete mandatory 4.5+ hours of training (The Docent Program requires additional 96 hours of training)

Schedules

Shifts of various lengths are available weekdays, weekends and evenings:

  • Information Desk and Guest Services Volunteer: 4 hours
  • Education Department Assistant: 3 hours
  • Education Cart Assistant: 2 hours
  • Theater Ushers: 2+ hours
  • Events Team: 1.5+ hours
  • Docents: 1.5+ hours

Benefits

Volunteers receive great benefits, including:

  • Participation in a community that shares a common goal to invite all people to engage with the Bible
  • Partnering with other volunteers and staff to establish Museum of the Bible as a world-class institution
  • Opportunities to learn about the history, impact and stories of the Bible
  • Regular interactions with a diverse group of people from around the world
  • First-hand knowledge of lectures, special events and theater productions
  • Discount to the Museum Shop, Manna Restaurant and Milk + Honey Café
  • Potential volunteer tax deductions (consult your CPA, financial or tax advisor)

FAQs

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

You must be 18 years old or above to volunteer at Museum of the Bible.

What is the time commitment to join the volunteer program?

We ask for a monthly eight-hour minimum commitment for one year to join the volunteer program. Due to the training requirements, volunteers must be willing to meet these program standards.

Am I required to complete a background check?

Yes, all volunteers must successfully complete a thorough background check.

What is the volunteer schedule?

Volunteer opportunities are available in four-hour shifts on weekdays, weekends and evenings with a minimum of eight hours per month.

I am interested in volunteering and can meet all the program’s requirements (e.g. can attend all training classes, make the time commitment, etc.). What do I do next?

Fill out the online application and we will contact you for an interview if we have volunteer spaces available.

To volunteer, do I need a degree in biblical studies or any other field?

No, our volunteers come from varied backgrounds but possess a desire to engage all people with the Bible!




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