Becoming a museum volunteer is a great way to stay active, apply skills, gain new experience, meet new people, and contribute to your local community.  We rely on volunteers who bring their skills, enthusiasm, and experience to the Canmore Museum.  From gardens to collections to programs and special events to museum shops, as a museum volunteer you can make a meaningful contribution to your community.


By becoming a volunteer at the Canmore Museum, you become part of our museum community and help to provide essential operational and program support.

Becoming a volunteer provides immediate benefits for you and long-lasting benefits for the Canmore Museum.

How You Benefit

Volunteering is a great way to stay active, apply skills and and gain new experience, meet new people, and contribute to your community.

Museum volunteers also enjoy many perks including:

  • Invitations to exhibit openings.

  • Invitations to volunteer recognition events.

  • Volunteers who provide more than 25 hours of service per year will receive a free individual museum membership which offers discounts in the gift shop, free access to members-only events, and free and/or discounted access to other museum programs andspecial events.

How We Benefit

In 2022, volunteers provided over 1,200 hours of essential support that enabled the Canmore Museum to:

  • Improve access to museum collections and programs online.

  • Provide learning programs for schools and the community.

  • Conserve our collections for future generations.

  • Support community-focused research and publishing.

  • Maintain Barracks grounds and gardens

  • Demonstrate community support to granting agencies and donors.


There are many opportunities for volunteers to work with the public or provide support behind the scenes.  The museum is currently in need of volunteers in the following areas:


Museum Docent
Many school groups visit the museum and there is often a need for volunteers to help with the programs. Volunteers are needed to help lead or assist with tours, activities, or crafts for various ages.

Museum Interpreter
For larger groups or tours, volunteers are invited to assist in leading group tours and/or programs and to be the friendly face of the museum answering questions.

Museum Attendant
The volunteer will help visitors with shop purchases, greet and orient visitors to the Museum, answer visitor questions, and assist in the maintenance of attendance records. Must enjoy working with the public, have good communication and math skills, be comfortable working with a computer, and be able to work without direct supervision.

Special Event Assistant
The Museum hosts many events throughout the year.  Volunteers are needed to help to set up and staff special events at the museum, including handing out materials, greeting visitors and answering questions.


Archives and Collections Projects
The management of the archive and artifact collections is a core function of the museum.  If you like to catalogue and care for objects, records, maps and photographs, this is a great opportunity for you.

Research Projects
Exhibit, artifact and local history research is an ongoing process for the museum. If you like to do research, this option is for you. Research projects are developed by the Collections Officer.

Exhibit Assistance
Temporary exhibits at the museum change at various times of the year under the direction of the Executive Officer. Volunteer tasks may include research, cleaning artifacts, helping to install or assemble exhibits, and dismantle exhibits.

The heritage gardens are located at the Canmore NWMP Barracks and are attended by volunteers from April to September.  Each year, over 600 lbs of vegetables from the gardens are donated to the local food bank and the flower garden is a great source of pride for the community.




I would love to hear from you if you have questions about becoming a volunteer.

When I first arrived in Canmore, my first stop was to join the Museum as a volunteer.  Here I met a team of dedicated volunteers with a passion for giving back to the community and sharing its rich culture and heritage with our visitors.  With my background in geology and volunteer management, I am excited to apply this experience to the museum’s volunteer program.

I would love to hear any thoughts, ideas, or questions you may have about our volunteer program. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime!