Volunteer at the Penn Museum

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Since 1887, the Museum has depended on volunteer help for many of its projects and much of its development. Today, more than 200 volunteers participate regularly, making important contributions to the Museum. Some volunteers come in daily, and many have served for 20 or more years!

If you are interested in volunteering at the Penn Museum, please review the volunteer opportunities listed below and then submit an application for a specific opportunity. Applications will only be considered for these opportunities. For most volunteer positions the only requirement is an interest in archaeology, anthropology, and world cultures, a love of learning, and a willingness to make a regular time commitment, usually two to four hours, one or two days per week.

Volunteer Benefits
Volunteers may request VIP parking passes. They receive a 10% discount on purchases made in the Museum's shops and cafe. Volunteers are also encouraged to join the Museum as members, and new volunteers receive a 10% discount on individual or family memberships.

Volunteer Opportunities

African Section Volunteer

Description: The African Section of the Penn Museum houses over 20,000 objects from all regions on the continent. Images of some of the collection can be seen via the online collections database, but there is still more work to be done. As a result, the African Section is looking for a qualified volunteer to photograph a group of 2,000 objects, edit the resulting images, add them to the Museum database, and help to improve the object record information which, along with the images, are an important component of the Museum’s presence on the Web.

Required Training: A candidate for this project will be given training in using KE Emu, the Museum’s collections management software, and in safe object handling (a session taught by a member of the Museum’s Conservation Department).

Qualifications: The candidates should be comfortable using a SLR camera, photo editing software and, ideally, have experience in photographing three-dimensional objects.

Time Commitment: A commitment of about ten hours a week is desirable and candidates should be available on Wednesdays or Thursdays between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm. The position will begin in August 2015.

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