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.

POSITION CLOSED: We are thrilled by the number of applications we received for this position. Due to the number, we’ve had to close applications. We encourage you to explore our other volunteer teams and stay tuned for social media and website announcements as we grow our Volunteer Program.  

The It’s in the Bag Maker team remotely supports the Museum’s annual online fundraising event by sewing a variety of bags to contain prizes ranging from fine wines and clothing accessories to household goods and gift certificates. Members of this team possess multiple years of experience working with textiles and can use this experience to create visually appealing bags of varying shapes and sizes. Materials are provided free of charge by the Museum. 

Volunteers will commit to making at least 3 bags for the fundraiser. Bags will need to be collected from volunteers by February 1st 2022 at the latest.  

Training and orientation will take place online through Zoom. Bag-making activities will take place off-site 

Requirements

  • 2-3 years of experience working with fabric and textiles in a maker-capacity 
  • Ability to travel to-and-from the Museum to gather materials and drop off completed bags is an asset (these activities can also be accomplished via mail) 

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  

Please note: while we are currently closed to the pubic following directives by public health authorities, we can start the remote onboarding and training process for this team to have you ready to volunteer when we reopen to the public. 

Reception volunteers play a critical role in shaping a visitor’s experience at the Textile Museum of Canada. They create a welcoming, helpful environment where visitors feel comfortable and engaged. They are knowledgeable about the space, history and policies of the Museum. 

Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of two 3-hour shifts per month. 

Reception volunteers sit at the reception desk, located in the lobby of the Museum. This is a wheelchair-accessible space.  

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. 

Please note: while we are currently closed to the pubic following directives by public health authorities, we can start the remote onboarding and training process for this team to have you ready to volunteer when we reopen to the public. 

Retail volunteers support the Museum’s mandate by providing a welcoming atmosphere in the Museum Shop. They handle sales, restock inventory, support the online Shop by packaging items, and engage customers in conversation. 

Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of two 3.5-hour shifts per month. 

Volunteers sit/stand at the sales desk, located in the Shop. This is a wheelchair-accessible space. 

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. 

Please note: while we are currently closed to the pubic following directives by public health authorities, we can start the remote onboarding and training process for this team to have you ready to volunteer when we reopen to the public. 

Textile Reuse Program volunteers manage textile donations to the Museum. They process and sort fabric donated to the Museum and ensure that quality control and pest prevention standards are met. Along with reference to the Museum’s Fabric Identification Guide, they use their knowledge of textiles to sort fabric, crafting materials and notions into various categories for sale. They welcome visitors into the Reuse Program and engage them in the reuse process. 

Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of two 3.5-hour shifts per month. Volunteers support in the Museum’s Learning Hub, located on the 2nd floor.  

Requirements
  • Volunteers are required to follow the Museum’s COVID-19 safety guidelines, and must be fully vaccinated to attend onsite shifts.  
  • Must be comfortable in a role that requires physical labour and repeated lifting of fabric bags weighing up to 30 pounds.  
  • Should have interest in learning how to operate a sewing machine and iron, and feel comfortable providing support for visitors’ use of this equipment after training 
  • Should feel comfortable engaging with visitors, in-depth textile knowledge is not a requirement. 
  • Interest in making, sustainability issues, reuse, upcycling appreciated. 

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

Project Assistant – Curation & Community Outreach 

Eighteen-week full-time contract position 

Deadline: November 12, 2021 

Full Job Posting

Conservator (Textiles) 

A four-month (up to 21 hours/per week) part-time contract position 

Deadline: November 16, 2021 

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.