Fifty (50) museums employed 272 full-time paid staff and 247 part-time paid staff.
The nine largest museums/visitor centers employed most of these staff. The rest had five or fewer full-time staff. Fourteen museums had no full-time paid employees but did pay part-time staff. Five museums had no paid employees, relying entirely on volunteers.
Data indicated that part-time workers provided the equivalent of more than 80 full-time positions.
Thirty-eight (38) museums have job descriptions.
|Number of Museums|
|Only paid part-time staff||14|
|One full-time staff||8|
|Two full-time staff||11|
|Three to five full-time staff||8|
|Six to ten full-time staff||2|
|Eleven to Fifteen full-time staff||2|
|Twenty to twenty-five full-time staff||3|
|Twenty-five plus full-time staff||2|
Twenty-one (21) museums logged 1,000+ volunteer hours per year.
Not all museums that listed volunteers provided volunteer hours.
|Total no. of volunteers (N=47)||2,454|
|Total no. of volunteer hours (N=35*)||98,574|
|Avg. no. of volunteer hours per museum (N=35)||2,816|
|Avg. no. of hours per volunteer (N=35)||65.5|
|Range of volunteer hours per museum (N=35)||130 to 23,645|
The most common use of volunteers was to host visitors and/or act as docents (25%). Volunteers performed maintenance work (13%), provided collection care (9%), and worked on exhibits (8%). Numerous other duties listed included: working in the museum store, bookkeeping, filling photo orders, collection processing, and helping with events.
Eighteen (18) museums utilized interns.
Thirty-one (31) museums indicated they had membership support and listed 11,276 members.