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Weekly Volunteers

The Morikami Volunteer Program enables volunteers to aide in the museum's daily operations. Below are a listing of available positions and shift hours. To volunteer on a weekly basis an initial interview with the Volunteer Coordinator is required.

Weekly Volunteer Positions:

Bonsai: Work in our Bonsai exhibit with other volunteers. Job requires a lot of standing and is outdoors year round. Experience with Bonsai is preferred. This shift is every Friday morning from 8 AM to 12 PM.

Collections: Volunteer alongside our museum curators in the collections department. Help maintain and catalog artifacts as well as prepare for festivals. This position is extremely selective.

Docent: We're recruiting new docents now! Click here to read more about the position. Docents escort patrons through the galleries and guide them through the gardens. They work as a team and learn through self-study and mentoring about Japanese culture and museum exhibits. Monthly meetings, standing for long periods and the ability to walk the gardens are required. This position is available Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

Garden: You will be working in the Roji-en (six historical Japanese gardens) alongside our Garden Staff. This position is extremely physical and you must be able to work outdoors.  Duties include pulling weeds, raking beds and paths, and learning Japanese pruning techniques from staff.  Shifts are available Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 3 PM with a minimum shift of three and a half hours.

Library: Our library is "reference only" meaning materials are to be used on site, nothing may be checked out.  It is also staffed entirely by volunteers. They help patrons find materials and return them to the shelves after use. They also keep the library catalog up to date. These shifts are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 1:30 PM and 1:30 PM to 5 PM.

Marketing/Surveys: You work with our Marketing Manager doing surveys of the public on a weekly basis and for select special events. You must be very self-motivated, outgoing, and willing to approach our patrons of all ages and backgrounds.

Membership: You will be selling Museum Memberships in the lobby at our Membership desk. You must be self-motivated and comfortable dealing with the public and working in a sales position. The shift is Tuesday through Sunday 11:00am -3:00pm.

Museum Store: Volunteers assist customers in the store, rearrange and restock items, wrap and bag items for patrons. You must learn about the store merchandise. The ability to stand for long periods of time, interact with patrons, and bend and retrieve items from lower cabinets is necessary. These shifts are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 1:30 PM and 1:30 PM to 5 PM.

Office: You will be assisting staff members in the office. Volunteers help with answering the phones, filing, mailings, assembling packets and computer data entry.  Basic computer skills are necessary. Shifts are available Tuesday through Friday between 10 AM and 5 PM for a minimum of three and a half hours.

Special Events (not held on a weekly basis): Work at Family Fun Days on select Saturdays. You assist with projects like origami and kamishibai (Japanese story-telling). Volunteer for our Sushi and Stroll evenings, on select summer Friday evenings. Help at our exhibit openings. These positions are not held weekly, but ongoing throughout the year.

Each position has a certain amount and level of training that is dependent not only on the position, but on the individual volunteer. You are expected to complete the training for your position as well as attend a Volunteer Orientation. To volunteer on a weekly basis an initial interview with the Volunteer Coordinator is required.

Email to schedule an interview.