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Volunteer at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Volunteer Program presented by Scotiabank

Volunteers from all backgrounds are welcome at the Museum—including you! Share cross-cultural experiences with fellow volunteers and learn about Canada’s immigration history. Meet new people in a vibrant atmosphere and become actively involved in your community. Gain marketable skills and share Canada’s immigration story as a volunteer at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. There’s no better place to feel Canadian.

Volunteers take on roles in many departments at the Museum, and the roles and projects available to volunteers are always growing and changing. The Museum’s volunteer opportunities are as diverse as the volunteers themselves!


As a volunteer you will enjoy:

  • the training and support needed to make your volunteer experience rewarding
  • unlimited free admission to the Museum and temporary exhibitions
  • invitations to Museum events and exhibition openings
  • opportunities to meet and socialize with fellow volunteers and staff
  • employment references
  • 15% discount in the Pier 21 Gift Shop and Gateway Café
  • complimentary parking during volunteer shifts
  • two complimentary Museum admission passes for friends and family
  • complimentary subscription to The Porthole, the Museum’s internal newsletter
  • opportunities to participate in various recognition events and initiatives throughout the year
  • satisfaction and fulfillment following a job well done!

How to Apply

Our Volunteer Services Manager is eager to help you find your place among our team of dedicated, enthusiastic and diverse volunteers. If you are interested to learn where you fit within our Volunteer Program, you can 1) fill out our online volunteer application form. or 2) download our application form and send it, along with a CV or resume, to Annette Carter, Volunteer Services Manager, by email

Our Volunteers Say...

Margaret Therrien, Research and Education Volunteer

“It has been such a pleasure to work with staff who obviously enjoy what they are doing and who relate so well with all kinds of people. Pier 21 offers multiple opportunities for me to attend various activities…it is definitely more than just a volunteer job! There is no doubt that what one gives is appreciated and that one’s ideas are valued!”
Margaret Therrien, Research and Education Volunteer

"As an immigrant who migrated not with a blind thought about this country, I realized the culture is so different from what I have studied...Being a volunteer gave me the chance to be a part of the society and interact with people in a real situation." Sohrab Rassi, Event Volunteer
Noah MacNeil, Volunteer

"When I first started working I was the youngest volunteer and the first one to be in a wheelchair. I was just 17 years old that first summer. The last three summers I have done a part of the guided tour. I enjoy doing this because it gives me experience interacting with tourists from all over Canada, the US and also other countries. I really like hearing the alumni stories. Some of them are very emotional. It is a great honour to work in an Immigration Museum which is now also a National Museum!" Noah MacNeil, Visitor Experience Volunteer

Jessica Mannette, Greeter Volunteer

“The most rewarding part of volunteering with Pier 21 was getting to meet so many great people from all over! I got to have conversations with tourists about where they are from and what they are looking forward to here in Halifax. It felt great to share my knowledge of my hometown city of Halifax with our visitors and make them smile. I also got to meet fellow volunteers who were some really great people. I look forward to working with Pier 21 in the future!”
Jessica Mannette, Greeter Volunteer