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Volunteer Positions and Job Opportunities in Fort Lauderdale

Listed here are the Bonnet House Job Opportunities and Volunteer Positions. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Bonnet House, please fill out the online Volunteer Application and questionnaire and return it to Bonnet House. If you are interested in applying for a job, please click on the link immediately following the description. We look forward to your joining us as a volunteer or staff member at Bonnet House soon!

Job Opportunites

TOUR COORDINATOR
PART TIME NON-EXEMPT

 General Responsibilities

The Tour Coordinator assists the Director of Education and Volunteer Programs in the supervision and coordination of the volunteers responsible for the smooth operation of public tours, educational programs, and some events. The position has shared responsibility with the Director of Education and Volunteer Programs in ensuring that safety, security, and accessibility standards are being met in the public areas of the museum. The position coordinates the day-to-day details of public tours with appropriate staff members and volunteers and is fully responsible for public tours in the absence of the Director of Education and Volunteer Programs. Position reports to the Director of Education and Volunteer Programs.

Duties

  1. Open/close the property for public tours: disarm/arm alarm systems and open/lock/unlock exhibit rooms, exterior doors, and shutters. Turn on and off lighting and fans in exhibit rooms, veranda areas, and courtyard.
  2. Test operation of tour DVD player and monitor and show DVD to tour guests.
  3. Monitor supply of bottled water and cups in tour areas. Coordinate with Bonnet House Maintenance staff to replace water bottles as needed.
  4. Fill membership brochure holders in the museum as necessary and post signage as directed.
  5. Determine and ensure that guided tours are on schedule and start on time.
  6. Lead guided tours in absence of volunteers including grounds tours.
  7. Constantly monitor exhibit rooms to ensure the security of the collection during self-guided tours.
  8. Ensure that volunteers have arrived and are at their assigned area for tours.
  9. Ascertain if additional volunteers or staff are needed to present tours and communicate needs to the supervisor. Act as room docent as needed.
  10. Inspect exhibit rooms and report any damage or missing items to the Curator. Report any grounds concerns to the Curator or weekend supervisor on duty. Coordinate with Bonnet House Maintenance staff on light bulb replacement as needed.
  11. Assist in training and education of volunteers.
  12. Report accidents or injuries to supervisor and Director of Operations. Complete accident report. Seek appropriate assistance in the event of an emergency and liaison with emergency response units.
  13. Abide by the Code of Ethics and be guided by the Mission and Vision Statements.
  14. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor or Chief Executive Officer

Skills

  1. Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
  2. Ability to work with a variety of people
  3. Good organizational and decision-making skills
  4. Public speaking skills
  5. Ability to work with minimal supervision
  6. Ability to drive golf cart safely and adhere to safe operating standards
  7. Adaptability and flexibility
  8. Punctuality
  9. Basic computer skills to include email and web browser proficiency
  10. Ability to use two-way radio

Requirements

  1. Courteous and professional demeanor
  2. Experience working with volunteers preferred.
  3. Interest in history and natural sciences and experience as guide or docent at house museum helpful.
  4. Ability to walk without aid, climb stairs, lift objects weighing 20 lbs. or less, and carry them short distances.
  5. Able to open doors and windows and work outside in heat and humidity and occasional rain.
  6. Valid driver’s license.

To apply for this position, please send resumes to [email protected].

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers have many opportunities to serve. It is through our volunteers and their efforts that we are able to maintain the integrity of this unique historical estate and to ensure a pleasant and enjoyable experience for each guest who visits.

Volunteer Orientation
Group Volunteer Orientations are held by prior appointment with Volunteer Coordinator to introduce potential volunteers to opportunities that are available at Bonnet House.

Training Classes
Full Training Classes are held in September and January to train new volunteers as guides and back-up guides for house tours. Training will consist of 4 classes 5 hours each.

Volunteer position details listed below.

If you have any questions or wish to contact us about volunteer positions and job opportunities at the Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale, please call 954-703-2606 or click here.

Volunteer Form

Museum Shop Assistant

Help mainain control and oversee items in the gift shop. The shop assistant is available to give directional information to visitors and to assist with pricing, inventory, wrapping and the display of merchandise.

Skills Needed: Enthusiasm for sharing with others. A willingness to learn; Ability to effectively interact with and communicate with groups of people; Dependability and flexibility; Ability to stay on one’s feet for two hours.

Ongoing/ Weekly: 1 x per week or twice a month.
Days Needed: Tuesday – Sunday
Hours Needed: Volunteer will pick time and day.
Minimum: One 2 hour shift per week, or one shift every other week.

Garden Volunteer

Work with Grounds Manager in the care and preservation of the Gardens

Skills Needed: Positive attitude and passion for gardening. Willingness to listen and learn

Ongoing: 1x per week
Days Needed: Monday thru Sunday
Hours Needed: Volunteer can choose
Minimum: 1 hour

Email [email protected] for details

Courtyard Coordinator

Attends the Main House front entrance/Courtyard by checking admissions, monitoring courtyard, ensure all Self-Guided guests know rules and floor plan, make sure all rooms are monitored and be able to account for all guided tour positions and move guides when needed. 

Skills Needed: Enthusiasm for history and sharing with others. A willingness to learn; Ability to effectively interact with and communicate with groups of people; Dependability and flexibility; Ability to stay on one’s feet for two hours.

Ongoing/ Weekly: 1 x per week or twice a month.
Days Needed: Tuesday – Sunday
Hours Needed: Volunteer will pick time and day.
Minimum: One 2 hour shift per week, or one shift every other week.

Maintenance Volunteer

Work with the Director of Operations in the care and preservation of the Buildings and Equipment.

Skills Needed: Positive attitude and passion for fixing equipment and/or carpentry, electrical, plumbing.

Ongoing: 1x per week
Days Needed: Monday thru Sunday
Hours Needed: Volunteer can choose
Minimum: 1 hour

Email [email protected] for details

Greeter

Welcome visitors and guests to Bonnet House during tours, weddings, receptions, corporate parties, and special events. The greeter is also available to give directional information to visitors and guests.

Skills Needed: Enthusiasm for history and sharing with others. A willingness to learn; Ability to effectively interact with and communicate with groups of people; Dependability and flexibility; Ability to move around the courtyard for two hours.

Ongoing/ Weekly: 1 x per week or twice a month.
Days Needed: Tuesday – Sunday
Hours Needed: Volunteer will pick time and day.
Minimum: One 2 hour shift per week, or one shift every other week.

Data Input

Compile and input data in various formats for events and files.

Skills Needed: Knowledge of computers and various software programs. Ability to decipher handwriting and organize data to input into databases. Ability to climb the stairs to the offices.

Ongoing/ Weekly: 1 x per week or twice a month.
Days Needed: Monday – Friday
Hours Needed: Volunteer will pick time and day.
Minimum: One 2 hour shift per week, or one shift every other week.

Room Docent

Skills Needed: Enthusiasm for history and sharing with others. A willingness to learn; Ability to effectively interact with and communicate with groups of people; Dependability and flexibility; Ability to stay on one’s feet for two hours. Ability to follow instructions.

Ongoing/ Weekly: 1 x per week or twice a month.
Days Needed: Tuesday – Sunday
Hours Needed: Volunteer will pick time and day.
Minimum: One 2 hour shift per week.

Research Volunteer

Skills Needed: Computer or typing ability. Know the alphabet and organizing.

Ongoing/ Weekly: 1 x per week or twice a month.
Days Needed: Monday – Friday
Hours Needed: Volunteer will pick time and day.
Minimum: One 2 hour shift per week, or one shift every other week.

Nature Trail Interpreter

Nature Trail Interpreters share historical, environmental, and botanical facts of interes with visitors riding on the tram (a large golf cart seating 6 people) along the nature trail. It is preferred, for those who volunteer as nature trail interpreter, to have some knowledge of plant and tree identification. Training provided.

Skills Needed: Enthusiasm for history and sharing with others. A willingness to learn; Ability to effectively interact with and communicate with groups of people; Dependability and flexibility; Ability to stay on one’s feet for two hours. Ability to follow instructions. Current valid drivers’ license.

Ongoing/ Weekly: 1 x per week or twice a month.
Days Needed: Tuesday – Sunday
Hours Needed: Volunteer will pick time and day.
Minimum: One 4 hour shift per week, or twice monthly.

Collections Volunteer

Work with the Curator in the care and maintainance of the archives, records and collection.

Skills Needed: Enthusiasm for history and sharing with others. A willingness to learn; Ability to effectively interact with and communicate with groups of people; Dependability and flexibility; Computer skills, good eyesight, no allergies to dust or mold. Love examining old objects, books, and detail oriented. Comfortable using a small paintbrush.

Ongoing/ Weekly: 1 x per week or twice a month.
Days Needed: Monday – Friday
Hours Needed: Volunteer will pick time and day.
Minimum: One 2 hour shift per week, or one shift every other week.

Lead Guide

Lead Guides share the “Bonnet House Story” with visitors who take a tour of the main house. Lead Guides must first serve as a back-up guide and then attend a guide training course to learn the script for the tour.

Skills Needed: Enthusiasm for history and sharing with others. A willingness to learn; Ability to effectively interact with and communicate with groups of people; Dependability and flexibility; Ability to stay on one’s feet for two hours.

Ongoing/ Weekly: 1 x per week or twice a month.
Days Needed: Tuesday – Sunday
Hours Needed: Volunteer will pick time and day.
Minimum: One 2 hour shift per week.

Education Volunteer

Promote the Museum’s educational mission by providing accurate, informative and enjoyable programs of the Museum, which compliment the Sunshine State Standards. Introduce the Museum, conduct a special guided program for school children, and answer appropiate questions.

Skills Needed: Enthusiasm for history and sharing with others. A willingness to learn; Ability to effectively interact with and communicate with school groups; Dependability and flexibility; Ability to stay on one’s feet for two to three hours. Training and curriculum provided. Programs include History, Science and Art.

Ongoing/ Weekly: 1 x per week or twice a month.
Days Needed: Monday – Friday
Hours Needed: As needed per registration of school.
Minimum: One 2 hour shift per week.