The Access Department is part of Member & Visitor Services and provides services and programs for visitors with disabilities.
The department plans to develop a core group of Access Volunteer Tour Assistants to support Partnership organizations’ regularly scheduled guided Access Tours for groups with disabilities. Partnership organizations visit the Museum regularly – monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly or semi-annually – and most, but not all organizations, visit weekday mornings. The majority of Access Volunteer Tour Assistants will need weekday availability with flexibility for guided tours on other days and times.
Access Volunteer Tour Assistants will be eligible to be trained to be Volunteer Access Guides during the next training in the fall of 2014.
Applications are due no later than September 6, 2013. Interviews will take place in late September and will be conducted by the Lead Guides for partnership organizations and the Manager of Accessibility. Successful applicants will attend a mandatory training session which will be discussed in the interview process.
• Commit to one or more Partnership Organizations each year.
• Push visitors who use wheelchairs during the guided tour.
• Act as sighted guide for visitors who are blind or have low vision.
• Assist guides with Assistive Listening System for hard-of-hearing visitors.
• Assist guides in the use of tactile and multimedia materials.
• Experience and passion for working with persons with disabilities
• Proven ability to work as part of a team in a dynamic environment
• Demonstrated exceptional interpersonal skills
• Ability to commit to a consistent weekday schedule for at least 9-12 months