Those interested in volunteering at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History are invited to attend one of two volunteer orientation sessions: one from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 20; and the other from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. The sessions will take place in the Kerr Auditorium at the museum, located at 2401 Chautauqua Ave. on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.
Volunteers serve the museum as docents, education assistants, greeters for visiting school groups, information desk helpers and other capacities. The orientation session will cover basic volunteer policies and procedures. Potential volunteers will have an opportunity to look over the job descriptions and training requirements for each of the volunteer positions currently available and talk with museum staff and volunteers.
After orientation and an initial interview, all new volunteers will undergo basic training beginning on Monday, March 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and continuing on Monday evenings through March 29. Additional training is required for volunteers who wish to serve as docents in museum galleries. Docent training begins Monday, April 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and continues on Monday evenings through April 26. Volunteers are asked to donate from six to nine hours per month, depending on their job area.
Museum volunteers are given opportunities for continuing education and fellowship throughout the year, including seminars with museum professionals and visiting scholars, specialized training for temporary exhibitions and educational field trips. Volunteers are honored at an annual recognition banquet and are given an opportunity to mix and mingle with guests, staff and other volunteers at special museum events.
For more information about the volunteer program at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History call (405) 325-1652, or visit the museum’s Web site: http://www.snomnh.ou.edu/volunteer/index.htm.