Mission of the Museum

The Pump House Steam Museum shall cultivate and foster the history of steam power, the advancement of technology and science, and the unique history of Kingston’s first water pumping station.

This shall be achieved through collecting, preserving, exhibiting and educating the public through multidisciplinary methods of conveying the history and use of items in the museum’s collection.

Why Volunteer in Kingston?

Volunteers are an integral part of the operation and development of unique interactive exhibits and functions of the Pump House Steam Museum. Our many volunteers who help out at the museum feel motivated for a variety of different reasons from a sense of community development, interest in the museum, specific interests in a part of the museum or through a need to socialize with other volunteers and to give back to the community.

Volunteer Positions

The following volunteer positions are available at the museum:

  • Model Railway Operator: To operate and interpret the model electric railway layouts located in the model railway exhibit at the Museum.
  • Model Railway Technician: To maintain, improve and operate the model electric railway layouts located in the model railway exhibit at the Museum.
  • Researcher: To research topics relating to the Pump House Steam Museum, its collections, and exhibitions as directed by the Curator.
  • Exhibition Preparator: Assist with the installation and/or takedown of museum exhibitions.

How to Volunteer

Print the Museum Volunteer Registration form (PDF) and complete it.

Return application either by:

Mail: Pump House Steam Museum
Cultural Services Department
216 Ontario Street
Kingston, ON
K7L 2Z3

E-mail: phsmuseum@cityofkingston.ca for an application form or to receive further information.

In person: Front desk of the Pump House Steam Museum (May – November) during opening hours.

Volunteer Registration

Following receipt of the volunteer application form staff from the museum will contact you to set up a time for an informal meeting about your interest and to tour the museum.

If the volunteer applicant decides that volunteering at the museum is something they would like to do and they are a good fit for the museum an official volunteer registration will be completed. The registration includes:

  • General information and references
  • Police Background Check (CPIC)
  • Confidentiality statement
  • Code of conduct statement
  • Liability waiver
  • Volunteer Handbook
  • Training as necessary

Following successful completion of the forms and appropriate checks have been completed that Curator of the museum will inform the volunteer applicant of their decision.