OMAH Seeking Volunteers for Board of Directors 2020-2021


The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) acts as the anchor for the significant and growing arts, local-history and cultural community in Orillia and surrounding area. The museum creates exhibits and programs that inspire the community to explore, experience and engage with art, local history and culture, as well support Orillia’s growing arts community by providing facilities for workshops, education, professional development in addition to providing grants, scholarships, bursaries and prizes to assist study and recognize merit in the arts and history.


OMAH is an independent non-profit corporation and registered charity governed by a volunteer board. We are currently seeking individuals interested in being nominated for election as a director at our annual general meeting to be held in the Fall 2020. In addition to an interest in our mandate, board members bring a variety of diverse skills together representative of the community in Orillia and surrounding townships. In particular, at this time we are seeking directors with prior volunteer leadership experience or those with a legal or financial background.

Further details including an application form (PDF) can be found at the bottom of this page.


OMAH loves its Volunteers!

When you volunteer at OMAH, you join a group of people who share a passion for culture and our community. In addition to the opportunity to work with a highly committed team of staff and volunteers in a stimulating workplace, some of the benefits of volunteering at OMAH include:

Orientation and training for all volunteer positions – both on the job and through workshop opportunities, development of employment-related skills, discounts on Museum Shop purchases, letters of reference and records of volunteer hours. 


Exhibition Installation


  • Minimum 6 months - On-call commitment based on 6-month exhibition schedule.  
  • Hours may fall outside of normal business hours with evening and weekend availability required.


  • Assist with exhibition installation
    Duties may include: Painting, mount creation, carpentry, artefact and art installation, lighting, administration
  • Assist with exhibition take down
    Duties may include: Patching and painting walls, artefact removal, administration

Volunteers should be comfortable on step stools and some ladders

Reporting to: Exhibition Project Lead

Volunteers will be required to obtain a criminal record check 


Visitor Experiences


  • min. 6 months
  • 1 shift per week preferred (3hours)
  • Mon-Sat, Sun 1-4pm
  • Shifts run 10am-1pm, 1pm-4pm 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Gain understanding of exhibition content, respond to inquiries
  • Process sales transactions
  • Assist in upkeep of shop and displays
  • Administrative assistance as required
  • Basic, yet confident computer skills are preferred

Reporting to: Visitor Experiences Coordinator

Volunteers will be required to obtain a criminal record check with vulnerable sector 


Special Events


  • depending on planning
  • On-call position
  • Special events may include exhibition openings, sidewalk sales, community events, etc.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Assist with setup, greeting and registration
  • Food and beverage service (Smart Serve certification is not mandatory, but is an asset)
  • Administrative assistance as required

Reporting to: Visitor Experiences Coordinator


Education Assistant


  • min. 6 months
  • On-call position
  • Scheduled times may include Fridays, PD days, weekends march break, winter and summer camps

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Greet families, children and students
  • Assist instructor with setup and striking of studio materials
  • Assist students (children) with art-making 
  • Supervise children indoors and outdoors
  • Organize activities for break times

Reporting to: Community Engagement Coordinator 

Volunteers will be required to obtain a criminal record check with vulnerable sector 




  • min. 6 months
  • min. 2 shifts per month

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Greet and engage with museum visitors using a variety of interactive strategies to help provide a personalized visit
  • Keep up-to-date on current and upcoming exhibition content
  • Conduct independent research on art and artefacts on display
  • Facilitate interpretive activities in galleries for children and adults
  • Help the Community and Visitor Engagement Coordinator to develop interactive gallery activities

Reporting to: Community Engagement Coordinator




  • min. 6months
  • 1shift per week preferred (minimum 4 hours/week)
  • Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Gain familiarity with collection
  • Assist visitors with research resources
  • Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Occasional independent research administrative assistance as required

Reporting: Collections Coordinator

Volunteers will be required to obtain a criminal record check


For more information, please contact

Ninette Gyorody, Executive Director
705-326-2159 x101