Volunteer



Interested in becoming a volunteer at the Museum of Fine Arts? Museum of Fine Arts is always looking for energetic and enthusiastic individuals to volunteer for a variety of programs. Volunteer positions are open to all individuals with an interest and a dedication of service to the Museum of Fine Arts, who meet the qualifications without reference to race, color, religion, sex, or age. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and able to perform their established tasks. Volunteers work independently, with other volunteers, and with Museum staff.

As a volunteer we ask that you please:

  • Abide by the policies and procedures of the museum.
  • Abide by the dress codes, time commitments, and emergency procedures.
  • Attend general Museum training sessions required for your volunteer position.
  • Collaborate with staff and other volunteers, accepting supervision and evaluation of your volunteer work.
  • Communicate with staff and volunteer leadership; your ideas, comments and feedback are welcome.

What we look for in a volunteer:

  • Willingness to learn and help our guests
  • Patience while working with diverse guests and staff

Dedication to the Museum of Fine Arts mission statement and its values.

Mission Statement: The purpose of the Museum is to increase and diffuse knowledge and appreciation of art, to collect and preserve objects of artistic interest and merit, to protect works of art, to provide facilities for research, and to offer instruction and opportunities for aesthetic enjoyment of art for all.

Reliability and commitment to the volunteer service is requested.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Docents
Docents are specially trained volunteers who lead the Museum tours. Docent-led tours range from general overview to focused thematic review. Public tours are offered several times a day.

Docents are needed to facilitate inquiry-based learning in the Museum’s tours. Docents will be working with a variety of audiences, such as school groups, community groups and other Museum visitors. There are many on-going volunteer opportunities, as well as, one-day educational events, that will need extra docent support.

Family Programs
Volunteers will help assist patrons during programs for the general public.

Membership
These volunteers will assist with several types of clerical duties such as stuffing envelopes and stamping membership cards. They may also be required to set up and break down tables and chairs for various Museum special events. Volunteers must be able to lift 20 lbs.

Special Events/Community Outreach
Event volunteers help with the museum’s many fundraisers, festivals, and other special events. These volunteers must be able to handle large crowds and stay calm in potential stressful situations. The Museum is a flurry of activity with not only Museum visitors, but facility rentals and events as well. Assistance is needed for event preparation duties such as setting up tables and chairs for events, assistance with event facilitation, greeting visitors as they arrive. Volunteers must be able to lift at least 20 lbs. Availability during evening hours is preferred.

Museum Store
These volunteers are responsible for providing polite and efficient customer service. Their duties include assisting the Museum store staff, restocking merchandise, helping visitors select purchases, and efficiently processing basic cash, check, and credit transactions. Store volunteers may be required to stand for long period of time and must be able to life at least 15 lbs. Basic computer skills are a pre-requisite.

Administrative Volunteers
These volunteers shall work with the Administrative Assistant and help with filing, special projects, such as creation and/or updating databases, archives inventory and record retention, assisting with mass mailing, etc. The volunteer shall perform all projects and assignments in a timely manner. These volunteers must be flexible, detailed-oriented, have good organizational skills, and be able to work independently with little supervision. Computer skills are necessary.

Curatorial Department
These volunteers will help maintain object files, slide files, and participate in regulated research projects. Volunteers with former museum experience or University or college students preferred.

Interested in a specific volunteer role? Please download and send in the Volunteer application so we can learn more about you! Once your application has been reviewed, we will contact you. 

For further information or questions please contact us at (727) 896-2667  or reception@fine-arts.org.