Get Involved with the Museum

Looking to share your love of textiles with others?

There are many ways to get involved with the Textile Museum of Canada. Visit exhibitions, attend programs, become a member, or apply to be a volunteer, intern or staff member to further support the Museum’s mission.

Get Involved

01. Volunteering

Our 150+ volunteers are essential to the Museum’s organizational culture.

Volunteers give their time and talent to help create an inclusive, innovative and passionate environment. Volunteer benefits include joining a nurturing and positive community, developing relationships with people with shared interests, and annual appreciation events hosted by the Museum. 

Want to Volunteer?

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Textile Museum of Canada! We are slowly phasing back in our volunteer teams at this time. We are currently accepting applications for select positions – please follow the link below to apply!

Volunteering

Volunteer Teams

Our Volunteer Teams work in many areas of the Museum. They prioritize our visitors’ experience, engage people from around the world in conversation, assist with fundraising activities, and foster learning through the Museum’s collection.

Reception volunteers welcome visitors to the Museum, provide a quick orientation and overview of Museum policies, process cash transactions using our point-of-sale system and check bags. Reception volunteers play a critical role in shaping a visitor’s experience. They create a welcoming, helpful environment where visitors feel comfortable and engaged. 

Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of two 3-hour shifts per month. Daily shifts are 10:45-2 pm and 2-5:15 pm, with an additional shift 5-8:15 pm on Wednesday evenings. 

Reception volunteers sit at the reception desk, located in the lobby of the Museum. This is currently not a wheelchair-accessible space. Initial training sessions will take place in the auditorium in small groups. Subsequent training will happen during Museum hours at the reception desk. 

Requirements
  • Volunteers are required to follow the Museum’s COVID-19 safety guidelines, and must be fully vaccinated to attend onsite shifts.  
  • Experience with computers and iPads 
  • Some prior experience in a public-facing role 
  • Must keep up-to-date on Museum exhibitions and activities by participating in virtual or onsite tours, and through communications from the Public Engagement Department. 

Retail volunteers welcome visitors to the Museum Shop, provide assistance and process transactions using our point-of-sale system. They help to re-stock merchandise and maintain displays. They create a welcoming, helpful environment where customers feel comfortable browsing. 

Volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of two 3-hour shifts per month. Daily shifts are 10:45-2 pm and 2-5:15 pm, with an additional shift 5-8:15 pm on Wednesday evenings. 

Volunteers sit or stand at the sales desk. This is currently not a wheelchair-accessible space. Volunteers are expected to circulate the shop to assist potential customers. 

Requirements
  • Volunteers are required to follow the Museum’s COVID-19 safety guidelines, and must be fully vaccinated to attend onsite shifts. 
  • Volunteers are required to have experience and be comfortable using iPads.  
  • Volunteers ideally should have some prior experience in retail. Cash handling experience is an asset.  
  • Volunteers should have customer service experience and feel comfortable interacting with the public.   
  • Volunteers are required keep up to date on Museum exhibitions and activities by participating in information sessions, and through communications from the Public Engagement Department. 

Gallery Guide volunteers support the Education department by fulfilling School Visits and Group Tour programming for school groups, organizations, private bookings and other groups.  As all of the Museum’s School Visits and Group Tours programs are currently being offered virtually through Zoom, this team will be operating remotely until further notice. When we are open to the public, the Museum continues to offer virtual bookings in addition to those held in-person.  

For details on all of the Museum’s School Visits and Group Tour offerings and to get a sense of the content that Gallery Guides deliver, visit textilemuseum.ca/visit/#tour. 

Requirements

  • Experience with computers and with Zoom. 
  • Some prior experience in a public-facing role. 
  • Comfortable with public speaking and engaging discussion. 
  • Expected to follow program guidelines as provided by Education staff and tailor content to suit the needs of School Visits and Group Tour participants.  
  • Must keep up to date on Museum exhibitions, activities and policies by participating in online exhibition tours and through communications. 

Workshop & Program Support volunteers are paired with Gallery Guide volunteers or Education staff in the fulfillment of School Visits and Group Tour programming for school groups (Kindergarten – Grade 12 & Post-Secondary), organizations, private bookings and other groups as needed. 

They act as a technical support person to the Gallery Guide or Education staff during the delivery of a program, ensuring that participants’ access needs are being met and assisting the Gallery Guide or staff me with questions. For School Visits and Group Tour bookings that are scheduled to include hands-on textiles activities, Workshop & Program Support volunteers facilitate this portion of the program. 

As all of the Museum’s School Visits and Group Tours programs are currently being offered virtually through Zoom, this team will be operating remotely until further notice. When we are able to reopen to the public and relaunch in-person School Visits and Group Tour offerings, the Museum will continue to offer virtual bookings in addition to those held in-person. At that time, the Workshop & Program Support team will be engaged both in-person and virtually. A Vulnerable Sector Check will be required for volunteers who take on this role in-person. 

For details on all of the Museum’s School Visits and Group Tour offerings visit textilemuseum.ca/visit/#tour. 

Requirements
  • Experience with computers and with Zoom. 
  • Some prior experience in a public-facing role. 
  • Comfortable with public speaking and engaging discussion. 
  • Expected to follow program guidelines as provided by Education staff and tailor textile activity content to suit the needs of School Visits and Group Tour participants.  
  • Some familiarity with textile techniques.  

The Maker Team support the Museum’s sustainability mandate by sewing re-usable fabric packaging, fabric masks and assembling craft kits. The Maker Team creates items to be sold in the Museum Shop, or assemble craft kits for sale or fundraisers. Materials are provided by the Museum. This team helps the Museum reduce the amount of packaging waste and upcycle donated fabrics.   

Requirements

  • Access to sewing machine   
  • Past experience with sewing is preferred, but beginners are also welcome  

02. Jobs

Our staff possess a wide range of skills and interests from a variety of professional and personal backgrounds. Full-and part-time opportunities include roles related to exhibitions and programs, administration, visitor services and more.

The Textile Museum of Canada is an equal opportunity employer. Respect, accountability, and a generous manner towards others are requirements for all staff.

Current Openings

Public Programming Assistant

Contract Full-time with flexible hours including evenings and weekends.

Deadline: April 18, 2022

Full Job Posting

Public Engagement Assistant 

Permanent position working 10 hours per week, with weekend hours.

Deadline: April 7, 2022

Full Job Posting

Internships

03. Internships

The Museum offers a limited number of unpaid and paid internships to students interested in exploring careers in the cultural sector; paid internships are offered in partnership with programs like Young Canada Works and OCADU Career Launcher. See our current openings here, or submit expressions of interest for a customized placement throughout the year.
a customized placement.

Please send your letter of interest (indicating the type of experiences or area of work that interests you) along with a copy of your resume to hrsearch@textilemuseum.ca. Indicate that you are applying for an internship and include details of any academic requirements.