• This article still strongly implies that volunteers are involved to save money. Volunteers are often the best people for the task to be done – people who are undertaking tasks for reasons OTHER than payment. If a museum had all the money in the world to hire all of the paid staff they need to get absolutely every task done, surely they would still reserve some tasks for volunteers – because they want the community to see first hand what they do, because they want advocates for the organization that have no financial interest in such, because they want people who are trained and experienced with the organization and its mission out talking about it in the community, because some people prefer to interact with volunteers than paid staff, and on and on.

  • Kayleena Pierce

    As a graduate of the last five years in museum studies, I will say it’s disheartening that most “entry level’ positions from 10 years ago have been made into volunteer positions by the time I entered the market. While I’m glad the roles are still there, it means I have to work in a different sector to pay the bills, thus cutting down significantly on my time to “volunteer”, in the hopes of ever getting my foot in the door of an institution. There is most definitely a need for volunteers, but there is definitely a need for entry level positions that, while they don’t have to pay much, need to pay something, to ensure the stability of the next generation of museum staff.