Volunteer at the Abbe Museum and help us fulfill our mission to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit. Abbe Volunteers donate time and talent to support our programs, events, education, research, and general operations. Each year we rely on hundreds of volunteer hours to help us reach our goals.
We love our volunteers! To show our appreciation and thanks, the Abbe Museum provides our volunteers with the following benefits:
• Access to the Membership Lounge
• Invitation to the Winter Gathering, a gratitude event for Gathering Gala Artists, Sponsors, and Abbe Volunteers
• Abbe Bucks – Abbe Bucks are awarded at the rate of $1 per volunteer hour, and can be used in the Abbe Shop like cash. To receive Abbe Bucks, volunteers must track their hours and tasks via a volunteer timesheet.
• Free Admission to the Abbe Museum
• Experience within the museum field, and recommendation letters by request
• The specialized training necessary to complete your responsibilities as a volunteer
• Additional learning opportunities and continuing education that help our volunteers fulfill and support the mission of the Abbe Museum.
If you are interested in volunteering at the Abbe Museum, please complete a Volunteer Application and make sure to indicate your skills and talents. We will work together to identify the volunteer opportunities right for you. Custom volunteer projects can also be arranged to match your interests and our needs!
Want to know all the upcoming volunteer opportunities at the Abbe Museum? Contact Astra at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and email address to be added to our Volunteer Newsletter. Each issue of the Newsletter is also posted on Facebook and Twitter.
Guest Services Volunteers help greet guests from all over the world, and ensure that each person who connects with the Abbe Museum is treated to an outstanding experience. Guest Services Volunteers usually work a weekly shift in admissions at the Abbe Downtown or at Sieur de Monts. Training is provided.
Tour Guides lead one-hour tours to visiting bus, cruise-ship, and other adult groups. These tours occur most frequently during May, June, September, and October. Training is provided.
Throughout the year the Abbe Museum is host to hundreds of young learners who visit the Museum on field trips through school, camp, home-school groups, and more. To accommodate these groups the Abbe depends on Volunteer Educators. Education Volunteers must be trained for one or more programs, and have a commitment to providing quality experiences for our young visitors. Retired teachers and those with an interest in education make excellent volunteer educators, and content training is provided.
In 2010, the Abbe Museum launched Rainy Days at the Abbe. The Abbe Museum strives to provide additional programs and activities on wet days throughout the summer months, to help visitors to the Acadia Region enjoy dry activities on wet days. Rainy Day volunteers meet with the Abbe Museum Curator of Education to identify a Rainy Day activity they can provide, and are then added to a call list that is activated when bad weather hits.
Throughout the year the Abbe Museum hosts Open Houses, Family Fun Days, and other family-oriented activities. Volunteers can help with crafts, activities, and more during these special family programs. Because each program is different, no training or experience is necessary.
If you love to bake, cook, and create in the kitchen, please consider sharing your culinary talents with the Abbe Museum! Throughout the year the Abbe Museum hosts numerous events, and we like to provide our guests with delicious sweet and savory treats. The food and drink our guests expect to sample at exhibition openings, open houses, and community events are generously prepared and donated by our culinary arts volunteers. Requests for donations are emailed a few weeks before each event, and food donations should be delivered prior to the start of the event. Please let us know if you would like to be included in our calls for culinary donations.
Mailings can be tedious work, but also a lot of fun! Volunteers who help with mailings tend to be a social group, comfortable sitting around a table and chatting as we stuff, seal, and stamp hundreds of envelopes. Mailings go out a few times each year, require no training, and volunteers usually gather in the morning.
Collections volunteers help in the Archaeology Lab or the Abbe Museum Library, working on tasks assigned by the Curator of Collections. Training is required for these volunteers, and Collections volunteers usually have some experience in library sciences, photography, archaeology, field school, etc. Collections volunteers are often assigned a custom volunteer project, and work regularly through its completion. If you are interested in collections work, please complete a volunteer application. This is a very popular interest for volunteers, and work within collections cannot always be guaranteed.
If you are friendly and welcoming, you have the skills we look for in our events volunteers! Events volunteers help make our events run smoothly, and depending on the nature of the event do everything from greeting guests, directing parking, serving drinks, chat about the Museum, and much, much more!
The job of events volunteers is to make sure that guests have a great time and are comfortable at the event so that Abbe Museum staff can instead focus on sharing the mission of the Abbe Museum. The Abbe Museum is also available for private rentals, and events volunteers can help staff facilitate these external events.
The Gathering Gala is the Abbe Museum's annual fundraiser, and would not be possible without the support of volunteers. Volunteers at the Gathering Gala help check-in guests, share information about auction items, monitor silent auction bid sheets, help pack and bag auction items, process and check-out guests, and more. The Gathering Gala is a long event, and Gala volunteers are expected to be present from 4:30 until the evening's completion (usually about 10:00 PM). Gala volunteers are given a vendor meal, but are welcome to purchase tickets to the formal dinner if they prefer to enjoy the evening's festivities. Gala Volunteers receive some preliminary introductions to the auction items in June and July, arranged at their convenience, and are welcome to attend the Gala Preview Party in July. Please contact us in May or June if you would like to volunteer at the Gathering Gala, and in the fall if you are interested in joining on of the volunteer committees that plan the event. Committees include: Auction Committee, Sponsor Committee, Ticket and Table Sales Committee, Centerpiece Committee.
If you have specific interests or talents, we might have the perfect project for you! Please complete a volunteer application outlining your strengths and talents.