Joslyn Art Museum — a non-profit, cultural and educational environment — provides a variety of experiences for people interested in volunteering. The Museum offers several options, diverse in program type and commitment level. Many volunteer opportunities present the chance to enrich your enjoyment of the visual arts as well as increase your knowledge of the museum world. In addition, you will make new friends and receive many intangible rewards while performing a valuable service to Joslyn Art Museum and the community.
18 years of age or older (high school students may apply to JAMbassadors, the teen volunteer program)
an outgoing and friendly personality
ability to stand for moderate duration
commitment to a regular schedule
- complete Volunteer Application
- 10% discount in the Hitchcock Museum Shop and Café Durham complimentary beverage from Café Durham
- an invitation to the annual volunteer appreciation reception
- recognition in Joslyn's annual report
- Joslyn Art Museum encourages long-term volunteers to become Museum Members.
Training varies according to the program. Orientation will be provided by your staff contact and training is on-the-job and hands-on.
Joslyn's Hitchcock Museum Shop
Joslyn's Hitchcock Museum Shop features a wide array of unique merchandise for adults and children. Responsibilities include cash handling skills, simple computer skills or the willingness to learn, interest in talking to a variety of Museum guests, and desire to learn more about Joslyn's collections and special exhibitions. Minimum time commitment
: at least two shifts per month. Volunteers are needed during the Museum's public hours and for special events when the Shop is open.
Joslyn Information Assistant (JIA)
Joslyn Information Assistants (JIAs) help at the Visitor Services Center on the weekends and for special programs. Responsibilities include greeting visitors, providing directions within the Museum, handing out printed material, and answering general questions. Most importantly, JIAs create a warm, inviting environment for our visitors, enhancing their experience at Joslyn Art Museum. Minimum time commitment
: One Saturday or Sunday shift per month. Volunteers are occasionally needed for special events.
Art Works Volunteer
Volunteers in this new interactive space welcome visitors, introduce various activities, assist with open-ended art exploration, and help maintain a comfortable and tidy environment for all to enjoy. Minimum time commitment
: two shifts per month, Tuesday-Sunday, or Thursday evening.
Membership Office Volunteer
Joslyn has many members that receive many forms of mailings about the current happenings at the Museum. The Membership Office Volunteers assist the Membership Department by stuffing envelopes and preparing mailings, updating email lists in excel spreadsheets, database cleanup, filing, inventory, other office tasks as needed, as well as membership event volunteer opportunities. Minimum time commitment:
two shifts per month. Volunteers are needed during the week, Monday-Friday.
Landscape Maintenance Volunteer
There is almost always something to do outdoors to help keep Joslyn's campus beautiful: mulching, weeding, planting. Minimum time commitment
:varies and, ideally, occurs during weekday business hours, however, if the task is as simple as weeding, evening and weekend shifts may be arranged.
Scott EdTech Gallery Volunteer
The Scott EdTech Gallery offers educational resources for visitors, including Art Packs, gallery guides, books, and computers. Volunteers open and close the area, engage with visitors, distribute educational materials, and help maintain a tidy the space. Minimum time commitment
: two shifts per month. Volunteers are needed during the Museum's public hours, Tuesday-Friday.
Volunteer Ticket Taker - Special Exhibitions
As a volunteer ticket taker you will work alongside Joslyn's Visitor Services staff to welcome Museum visitors, take exhibition tickets, and assist visitors by providing direction and general information. Minimum time commitment
: two shifts per month. Volunteers are needed on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 am-1 pm and 1-4 pm.
Docents are specially trained volunteers who conduct tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions for children and adults. The Docent program is a separate program from the Joslyn Volunteer program. Click here to learn more.
Kent Bellows Mentoring Program Volunteer
Limited volunteer opportunities are available at the Kent Bellows Studio (33rd and Leavenworth St.) for those who want to assist in our mission of helping young people discover their creative voice through mentorship with professional artists. Click here to learn more.
to view a printable application.
For questions about the volunteer program please contact Joslyn's Volunteer Coordinator.