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Caption: One of our volunteer greeters welcoming and orienting visitors. To inquire about volunteer opportunities, contact Darcy Sink at or (757) 322-2992.


Museum Greeter

Greeters welcome and orient visitors to our museum. You can view the position description below or you can download and save the PDF position description here: Museum Greeter Position Description

To see imagery of our museum greeters in action, click here

To request and application, contact our Volunteer Coordinator Darcy Sink at or 757-322-2992.



Title: Museum Greeter

Commitment: Two shifts per month requested

Supervisor: Volunteer Coordinator

Objective: Museum Greeters welcome and orient visitors to the Hampton Roads Naval Museum (HRNM). Greeters increase accessibility of the site’s exhibits and programs through sharing information, making connections, and answering questions. The greeter also performs administrative and security functions by keeping attendance and monitoring the galleries. The greeter’s efforts promote awareness, appreciation, and preservation of U.S. Naval History.


● Maintain knowledge of exhibits, programs, events, staff, facilities, and daily schedules at HRNM as well as Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin to share with visitors as appropriate.

● Develop a brief welcome to introduce visitors to the Hampton Roads Naval Museum that is adaptable to diverse audiences.

● Gauge and adapt to visitors’ interests and needs (e.g. by adjusting welcome length, content, style, or level to accommodate background, interest, age or developmental level).

● Ensure the safety and security of guests and exhibits by modeling and informing visitors of expectations, monitoring the gallery cameras, and reporting concerns to museum staff.

● Keep an accurate attendance count; record attendance, temperature, and humidity hourly in the log book.

● Answer the front desk phone line; respond to questions and transfer calls as appropriate.

● Monitor and restock publications, brochures, and postcards at the museum entrance.

● Participate in occasional workshops, lectures, and field trips offered by the museum.

● Act as a mentor for new greeters as requested by the volunteer coordinator.

● Schedule shifts in advance and record hours after each assignment.

Guides must be able to:

● Speak clearly and comfortably with diverse individuals in large and small groups.

● Sit/stand for extended periods.

● Maintain a neat and professional appearance.

● Abide by all museum policies and procedures.

Training, Support, and Benefits

● Volunteer handbook; access to research library and digital resources

● One-on-one training and shadowing with staff and veteran greeters

● Ongoing training, feedback, and professional development opportunities

● Free admission to many area museums.

Scheduling: Greeters are scheduled for 2.5-3.5 hour shifts during museum operating hours and by request for special tours and events. A minimum of two (2) shifts per month is requested.

Published: Thu Jul 22 15:26:43 EDT 2021