Become a Joslyn Volunteer Today

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.

Joslyn Art Museum’s Volunteer Program is on hold due to the upcoming two-year renovation and construction. As of March 31, 2022, the Museum will not be hiring new volunteers; if you are interested in volunteering upon the Museum’s reopening in 2024, please submit an application for review, and thank you for your interest.

  • 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.

Volunteer Opportunities
Not all listed opportunities are active due to COVID-19, and hiring may be subject to delay.

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 Wednesdays through Sundays, and for special events when the Shop is open.

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 during special exhibitions, Fridays through Sundays, from 10 am-1 pm and 1-4 pm.

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, Saturdays and Sundays.

Development 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, Tuesdays-Fridays.

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. (Not Currently Active)

Scott EdTech Gallery Volunteer*
The Scott EdTech Gallery volunteer introduces visitors to iPads, Art Packs, and other resources; open and close the area; and help maintain a tidy space. Minimum time commitment: two shifts per month. (Not Currently Active)

Joslyn Docent*
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. (Not Currently Active)

*These volunteer positions will also require a successful completion of a background check due to the requirement of close interaction with children and or sensitive material.

Click here to view a printable application.

For questions about the volunteer program please contact Joslyn's Volunteer Coordinator.