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Volunteer at
WDM Saskatoon

Volunteers assist with many activities throughout the Museum. Activities can range from hands-on work to engaging with visitors during school and public events. Volunteer participation is up to you….some volunteers help us on a weekly basis while others assist us when needed throughout the year.

The WDM Saskatoon volunteer program includes volunteers who are part of specific volunteer groups as well as those who are individual volunteers. You do not need to be part of a volunteer group to volunteer at the WDM Saskatoon.

 

Volunteering at WDM Saskatoon

If you have questions about volunteering, click here to apply or contact:

Benefits of Volunteering at WDM Saskatoon

  • Meet new people
  • Learn and develop skills
  • Help keep history alive
  • Free admission to all WDM locations (with volunteer identification)
  • Discounts on full priced items at WDM Gift Shops & WDM Saskatoon Boomtown Café

Volunteer Opportunities

ORIENTATION & TRAINING

We provide an orientation for all volunteers. You’ll learn more about the WDM, tour the facility, go through our safety protocols, and learn about our current volunteer opportunities. Contact us about upcoming orientation sessions.

We also provide training for volunteer roles.


Event Volunteers

Volunteers support numerous activities and events held year round.

Public Programs
Public programs/events such as Boo Town, Heritage Fair and Summer Programming are all made possible by the help of volunteers.

School Programs
Volunteers help out with school programing such as Museum Days and Christmas 1910.


Blacksmiths

Learned blacksmiths offer demonstrations on many afternoons year round. Summer finds them in the outdoor shop while winter brings them indoors to the Boomtown Shop. This group not only explains the elements of the craft but also creates and sells their wares to interested visitors.

You may become a blacksmith by attending an Introduction to Blacksmithing course at the WDM Corporate Office.

Many of the blacksmiths in our Shops are members of the Saskatchewan Blacksmith Association.


Tour Guides and Interpreters

Tours guides lead pre-booked groups of 5 to 7 people through the Museum galleries, including Boomtown.

Interpreters are volunteers who are in one of the Boomtown buildings or in a specific area of the Museum. They interpret and share information with visitors. Volunteers are asked to interpret for touring catered groups and throughout the summer. There is training information provided to volunteers who want to become guides or interpreters.


Boomtown Volunteers Association

The Boomtown Volunteers Association (BVA) meet on the second Friday afternoon of each month. These volunteers assist the Museum in a variety of ways from helping with carpentry and painting, guiding tours, interpreting for visitors, acting as Museum hosts on Sunday afternoons and caring for the volunteer library.


Pioneer Threshermen's Club

The Pioneer Threshermen’s Club (PTC) meets every Wednesday for their work bees. Their primary goal is to restore and repair machinery which is used in demonstrations during summer events. The Club also cuts, stooks and hauls the sheaves for the threshing demonstrations. They also sponsor two flea markets a year to raise funds for various projects. They hold two members meetings and one general meeting per year.


Railroad Modellers

The Saskatoon Railroad Modellers are a small group who have a passion for trains both large and small.  They help keep the small-scale model railroad displays working and occasionally set up larger scale exhibits in Museum galleries.


Women’s Auxiliary to the WDM

The Women’s Auxiliary (W.A.) hold meetings on the third Tuesday of every month. The purpose of this group is the preservation of old fashion crafts through demonstration. They are a group of women who offer ice cream and butter demonstrations upon request. They have crafting session on Tuesdays where they make crafts for sale in their Parlour on Boomtown Street.

Read more about the Women’s Auxiliary and their plans for 2023 and beyond >>



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