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Museum Volunteer Visitor Ambassadors needed!

31 Jan


The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) is a teaching museum that brings together people, knowledge, art and history. UMAG is open to the public seven days a week, and volunteers play an essential role in inspiring and engaging museum visitors in a dialogue about the permanent collections and special exhibitions.

UMAG is now recruiting Visitor Ambassadors to supervise the registration counter at the Fung Ping Shan Building. The building has recently been declared a monument in Hong Kong, based on the heritage guidelines of the Antiquities and Monuments Office.

In order to ensure the highest level of commitment, the process for becoming a Visitor Ambassador is as follows:

1. Attend an Information and Orientation session on 23 February 2019 (Saturday) at 14:00–16:00 at 2/F T.T. Tsui Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam
2. Be able to start in March 2019.
3. Commit to one fixed weekend shift every fortnight (Sat 9:15–14:00 / Sat 13:00–18:00 / Sun 12:45–18:00). Priority will be given to those who can come on a weekly basis.

Position Description:
Position: Visitor Ambassador
Location: G/F, Fung Ping Shan Building and G/F T.T. Tsui Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU

Position Objective:
To assist in enhancing visitor experience at UMAG.

Key Responsibilities:
– Work with both UMAG staff and other volunteers to assist in the provision of a quality visitor experience.
– Develop and create positive relationships with visitors including, greeting visitors, fielding questions about the exhibitions and building, and answering phone calls.
– Maintenance of the reception area and education room.
– Being on time for scheduled shifts.
– Provide assistance for special events. (Optional)
– Lead guided tours. (Optional)

Key Selection Criteria:
– Capacity to engage with and appreciate people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
– Ability to work as a team.
– Facility with English and Cantonese; Putonghua is also desirable.
– Willing to learn and think in an interdisciplinary fashion.
– Welcoming supervision and knowing when to reach out for support.

Other Requirements:
– Dress appropriately during shifts.
– Sign in and out for each shift.

If you are interested to join UMAG as a Visitor Ambassador, please complete and submit the form by following this link. Deadline Friday, 15 February 2019.

About The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG): The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) of The University of Hong Kong was founded in 1953 as the Fung Ping Shan Museum. Originally established as the Fung Ping Shan Library of Chinese language publications in 1932 in honour of its benefactor, the building became a museum dedicated to collecting Chinese art when the University’s libraries consolidated. The museum was renamed UMAG in 1994, shortly before its new wing was opened to the public in 1996. It is the oldest continuously operated museum in Hong Kong and over the past sixty years it has built up a diverse collection of ceramics and bronzes dating from the Neolithic period (c. 7000–c. 2100 BCE) to the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), as well as traditional and modern paintings from the Ming (1368–1644) to the twenty-first century.

In addition to these permanent collections, UMAG regularly hosts exhibitions of contemporary and ancient Chinese and Western art, as well as on early Hong Kong history. The Museum was originally established as a teaching museum and has maintained this commitment to the University through the teaching of Chinese art and museum studies and by encouraging students to broaden their education through the arts. It regularly presents non-exhibition related talks and activities that are open to both the University’s students and the public. The Museum also endeavours to promote the knowledge of Chinese tea culture through its Tea Gallery, which is open to the public.

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