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.
- 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 that long-term volunteers will become Museum Members and will receive the following in addition to regular volunteer benefits:
- an additional 10% discount in the Hitchcock Museum Shop and Café Durham
- two individual complimentary passes to give to friends
- reciprocal membership in nearly 200 museums in North America
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.
Expected commitment is at least two shifts per month. Volunteers are needed during all 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.
Expected commitment is once a month on a Saturday or Sunday. Volunteers are occasionally needed for special events.
Membership Table Volunteer
Membership Volunteers staff the Membership Table on the weekends or during special events, greeting visitors, providing information, taking membership applications.
Expected commitment is once a month on a Saturday or Sunday. Weekday or evening opportunities are occasionally available. Volunteers are occasionally needed for special events.
Scott EdTech Gallery Volunteer
The Scott EdTech Gallery provides educational resources for visitors, including Art Packs for families, gallery guides, books and computers. Volunteers are responsible for opening and closing the gallery, and they assist with maintaining and distributing the educational resources, as well as keeping the gallery neat and user friendly.
Good customer service and computer skills are helpful, as well as either a background in art history/education or an interest in both.
Expected commitment is at least two shifts per month. Volunteers are needed during all public hours, Tuesday - Friday.
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 about becoming a Joslyn Docent!
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.
For questions about the volunteer program please contact Joslyn's Volunteer Coordinator