Since 1887, the Museum has depended on volunteer help for many of its projects and much of its development. Today, more than 100 volunteers participate regularly, making important contributions to the Museum. Some volunteers come in daily, and many have served for 10 or more years!
If you are interested in volunteering at the Penn Museum, please review the volunteer opportunities listed and then submit an application for a specific opportunity. Applications will only be considered for these opportunities. The Penn Museum’s volunteer needs vary throughout the year. If you don’t see a position that is a good fit or of particular interest to you now, please plan to check back at a future time. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis unless otherwise noted.
African Section Volunteer
Job 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 on 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 important components of the Museum’s presence on the Web.
Required Training: A candidate for this project will be trained to use KE Emu, the Museum’s collections management software, and safe object handling practices (a session taught by a member of the Museum’s Conservation Department).
Qualifications: The candidate should have experience using a SLR camera, photo editing software and, ideally, photographing three-dimensional objects. Must be able to stand for long periods, lift a minimum of 50lbs and climb ladders.
Requirements: A commitment of at least 12 hours a week and available to work between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm.
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.