We are in the middle of a museum paradigm shift, and a new type of museum volunteer is emerging from the community.

Non-profit volunteers are looking for unique and satisfying ways to engage in their communities and museums are primed to offer just the experiences these volunteers are looking for.

This hand book is a practical exploration of the differences between “then” and “now” volunteers and solid advice on volunteer recruitment, communication, and retention strategies.

Kristy Van Hoven and Loni Wellman will help you answer the questions:

  • What are new volunteers looking for?
  • What is their motivation?
  • How can you spot the hidden gems in your local community?
  • How can you develop a successful relationship with potential volunteers?
  • How do you keep the museum volunteer motivated and happy?
  • What can teens, adults and retiring professionals bring to your organization?
  • How can your museum support a robust and active volunteer program?
  • How do you reward volunteers and keep them for the long term? and, most importantly,
  • How can you meet volunteer’s needs and still benefit from their work?

This easy-to-read guide highlights successful projects, incentives, and general museum culture which support volunteer activities and includes examples of volunteer job descriptions, calls for volunteers, evaluation forms, as well as volunteer project outlines.

Recruiting and Managing Volunteers in Museums: A Handbook for Volunteer Management will engage and inform any professional tasked with developing and managing a volunteer program at their institution.

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About the Authors

2e116b0Kristy Van Hoven is the outreach director for the national EMS Museum and a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. Over the last three years, Kristy has worked with teh National EMS Museum’s Board of Trustees to develop and implement engaging e-volunteer opportunities and community programs that reach their digital audience.

Loni Wellman is the volunteer and event manager at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum. Prior to that, she was the educational program facilitator at the Art & History Museums-Maitland and educational program manager at the Children’s Museum of Memphis.




Want to learn even more about volunteer recruitment and management? Sign up for one or both of the two new AASLH webinars on the subject: Are You Ready for Volunteers (Feb 9, 2016) and Developing a Successful Volunteer Recruitment Program (Feb 18, 2016).



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