Holocaust Museum Houston’s volunteers contribute immensely to the Museum and its visitors while gaining valuable mindfulness of the workings in our institution. We’re seeking personable, energetic individuals to join our Volunteer Program.
New Volunteer & Docent Open House
February 3, 2020
6:00 — 7:00 pm
Interested in joining the Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) volunteer family? HMH is looking for new volunteers and docents to accommodate the myriad of exhibitions and increase in visitors at the newly expanded Lester and Sue Smith Campus. Those interested in Holocaust history, art, education and committed to impacting human rights in today’s world are encouraged to attend this open house. Bilingual Spanish speakers are a plus as HMH is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Prospective volunteers and docents who attend the information session will learn about the training process, expectations and how they can apply.
Candidates should be reliable, proactive individuals with excellent interpersonal skills.
- Docent – lead guided tours
- Greeter – welcome visitors, inform them of current exhibits
- Museum Store – assist visitors with retail items in the store
- Library – assist the librarian with cataloging newly acquired books and archival material; assist students with research assignments, and special education/library projects.
- Office – provide much-needed support in the administration of the Museum. Responsibilities of office volunteers include answering telephones, general office work such as copying, filing, and stuffing materials for mass mailings.
The Anna and Emil Steinberger Foundation has generously underwritten HMH's Docent Program. The dedicated docents of Holocaust Museum Houston have the unique opportunity to affect lives, especially those of young people, by making the connections between the Holocaust and the prejudices in our society today. They have led over 1,000 tours for adults and students.
In our multi-ethnic and constantly changing city, it is imperative for students and people of all ages to reach a mutual understanding and respect for those who differ from themselves. This is a challenge that docents face with each tour, and for this reason, their work is immensely rewarding.
Docents will be trained in the history of the Holocaust and taught to give tours during seven weeks of training.
Frequently Asked Questions
Outside of volunteers in the docent program, the commitment is up to each individual. Some people volunteer once a week, some twice a week, some once a month and some only for programs.
The docent program requires a one-year commitment and a promise to give tours at least once a month. The program also requires a commitment to training. Classes meet twice a week for seven weeks to give docents the proper grounding in the Holocaust and skills to give tours.
Yes. Numerous opportunities exist behind the scenes. You can help with exhibits, data entry, mailings, translation or work in the Museum's Laurie & Milton Boniuk Resource Center and Library.
Our front desk volunteers are vital because they are the public's first contact with the Museum. They greet visitors, supply audio tours and handle monetary transactions.
The front desk is in operation seven days a week. Volunteers can sign up for weekday shifts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Weekend shifts are from noon to 2:30 p.m. or 2:30 to 5 p.m.
Exhibit volunteers help with the installation and removal of the changing exhibits in the galleries. (Please note that this can involve manual labor such as hanging artwork, patching holes or painting walls.)
Data entry volunteers help the Visitor & Volunteer Services Department by inputting visitor information into the database. Accuracy and attention to detail are essential.
Office assistants help out during the week with various projects requiring copying, stuffing envelopes, filing and other office work.
The Store volunteers help out when it comes time for inventory. They count supplies of items for the museum store.
Yes. The Boniuk Library needs volunteers seven days a week. You can perform a variety of tasks, including shelver, processor, indexer, researcher and reference desk attendant.
Yes. Translators are needed to work with original source materials in the archives as well as to translate marketing and informational materials into other languages. Languages needed include Spanish, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian and Polish.