Volunteer

Give the gift of your time – become a Morikami volunteer! Morikami volunteers fill a variety of positions on a weekly basis as well as at each of three annual festivals. Positions require the ability to communicate well and interact easily with people, and the desire to work in accordance with the mission statement of Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Training and a volunteer orientation are required for most positions.

“Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer.” ~Author Unknown

Due to the ongoing public health threat of COVID-19, we are limiting the availability of some volunteer positions.

Weekly Volunteers

Available Positions:

  • Gallery Greeter (starting November 21st 2020): This position is responsible for providing informational and directional support to guests entering and exiting the galleries to ensure the experience here is both enjoyable and safe for all. Volunteers will keep track of visitor numbers as they enter and exit the exhibition to ensure social distancing is maintained throughout the day. Advise visitors of the appropriate one-way route to be followed while entering, touring, and exiting the exhibit.
  • Museum Store Greeter: Volunteers welcome visitors to the gift shop, inform them of the one-way route that must be followed, and keep track of visitor numbers as they enter and exit to ensure social distancing is maintained.
  • Entrance Greeter: This position is responsible for greeting all visitors to the Morikami Museum and informing them of our current safety guidelines, admissions guidelines, and available areas to enjoy during their visit.
  • Lobby Greeter: This position provides a warm and friendly welcome to the museum, explains the Visitor’s Guide, mobile tour, locations and hours of operation for museum amenities.
  • Membership Assistant: You will work with our weekend membership associate to assist with membership check-in, wristbands, and acquire general knowledge regarding our record keeping procedures. This position works on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
  • Docent: A docent is a knowledgeable guide who leads visitors throughout Morikami, providing historical background about the museum and gardens, as well as answering questions about the museum and delivering commentary on the exhibitions and gardens. Docents work as a team and learn through self-study and mentoring about Japanese culture and museum exhibits from Morikami staff. Attendance at monthly meetings as well as the ability to stand for long periods and walk the gardens are required.
  • Bonsai: Help preserve and protect our bonsai collection. This position requires the ability to work outside year round and willingness to assist the instructor with a variety of tasks involved with the overall care of the collection. This shift is every Friday morning from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Qualifications And Commitment For All Volunteer Positions:

  • Comfortability and flexibility to interact and engage with the public both independently and within a team environment.
  • Ability to communicate with  diplomacy and efficiency while informing guests about museum and gallery policies.
  • Aptitude to remain calm, focused and attentive to visitor needs.
  • Willingness and ability to work for 3.5 hours for one day per week.
  • Ability to sit and or stand for 3.5 hours at a time.
  • Acquire basic knowledge of museum policies, safety guidelines, amenities and spaces.
 To become a weekly volunteer, please fill out and submit a completed application with Palm Beach County.

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Special Event Volunteers

Volunteers provide invaluable support at each of our three annual festivals. Positions require the ability to communicate well and interact easily with people and the desire to work in accordance with the mission statement of Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Attending training and a volunteer orientation are required.

Oshogatsu Festival

Sunday, January 10, 2021
Volunteer Shifts — 9:00 am – 2:00 pm | 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The New Year is Japan’s most important and celebrated holiday. We ring in our annual New Year’s celebration with the tastes, sights and sounds that define the traditional Japanese New Year as well as our own. Volunteers get an exciting inside look into Morikami’s festivals, and ensure the success of each and every one of our events!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Oshogatsu Festival. At this time we are not accepting applications. Please check back at a later date.

Hatsume Fair

Saturday, April 17 – Sunday, April 18, 2021
Volunteer Shifts — 9:00 am – 2:00 pm | 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Celebrating the first bud of spring, Morikami’s largest annual event, Hatsume Fair, transforms the normally tranquil Morikami Park into a unique Japanese spring festival featuring two stages (with taiko drumming, martial arts demos, and our annual costume and fashion show contest), avenues of artisan booths, plant sales, Japanese street fair food vendors and children’s activities. Volunteers get an exciting inside look into Morikami’s festivals, and ensure the success of each and every one of our events!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Hatsume Fair. At this time we are not accepting applications. Please check back at a later date.

Sushi & Stroll

May – September

Sushi and Stroll is a summer walk special event series hosted by The Morikami from May through September.  On the 2nd Friday of every month the museum opens at a discounted admission for people to enjoy the gardens at sunset.  This is a unique opportunity that many people take advantage of to explore the gardens, savor cuisine from the Cornell Café and sample craft sake.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Sushi & Stroll. At this time we are not accepting applications. Please check back at a later date.

Lantern Festival

Saturday, October 16, 2021
Volunteer Shifts — 2:15 pm – 8:30 pm

A night of Japanese folk-dancing, drumming, our Ennichi street fair and iconic lantern floating ceremony in a fall festival in the spirit of Obon – Japan’s summer homage to ancestors who return for a brief visit to the living. Volunteers get an exciting inside look into Morikami’s festivals, and ensure the success of each and every one of our events!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Lantern Festival. At this time we are not accepting applications. Please check back at a later date.

Summer Tour Plus

Tuesdays – Fridays, 9:45 am – 12:30 pm

Summer Tour Plus (STP) is a program presented by Morikami Museum for children’s groups and summer camps. This summer program will consist of a guided tour through our new exhibit and two hands-on projects. College age and High school student volunteers are requested and must be at least 15 years old to apply for STP positions. Volunteers will assist the instructor with the preparation of materials and work with the children as needed. Students must be available for a minimum of two (2) days a week, but may volunteer up to four (4) days each week. There is a mandatory orientation for all volunteers on held in the Morikami Museum. Volunteers must be interviewed in order to participate in this program.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Summer Tour Plus. At this time we are not accepting applications. Please check back at a later date.

Corporate Volunteers

We welcome corporate groups to volunteer during any of our three annual festivals. This is a great team building exercise for employees that also gives back to our community. In return for providing support for our festivals, companies can enjoy many advantages including complimentary festival flex passes to any one of our Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks and, most importantly, visibility. Our festivals wouldn’t be as successful without the support of our volunteers!

For further information, please email mmvols@pbcgov.org.

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