Tuesday, February 08, 2011

National Postal Museum Seeking Volunteers

The National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. is seeking volunteers to help out at public programs such as family festivals, workshops, and other programs according to an on-line classified ad in the Washington Post.

According to the listing, "Volunteers should have friendly smiles, strong communication skills, and a passion for learning and teaching. Enthusiasm for learning about postal history and stamp collecting (philately) is required, but no initial knowledge of these topics is necessary. Saturday availability is required as programs take place on Saturdays. A one-year commitment is required."

It goes on to say, "In 2011, public program volunteers will attend training, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum's vault, teach visitors how to start topical stamp collections, craft 'mail art' creations with visitors of all ages, and explain Civil War-era postal and philatelic innovations through hands-on activities. Highlights will include fun and educational festivities to celebrate the centennial of the first airmail flight as well as the issuance of a postage stamp commemorating Owney the dog, mascot of the Railway Mail Service (and a longtime volunteer favorite). After all that hard work, volunteers will enjoy the annual volunteer appreciation evening as well as social get-togethers throughout the year."

Additional perks include discounts at Smithsonian stores and eateries, behind-the-scenes experiences, and "learning to accurately pronounce philately."

To apply, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM