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MoMA

VOLUNTEERING

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Museum of Modern Art volunteers have the opportunity to gain exposure to the workings of a major art museum and contribute valuable visitor services to a nonprofit institution. Although there are currently limited volunteer opportunities, applications are accepted at all times. We keep all applications on our waiting list, and will contact applicants with the required skills, interests, and availability for interviews as volunteer positions become available.

Qualified candidates should possess a love and appreciation of art, a flexible attitude for dealing effectively with the public, basic computer skills—including familiarity with the Internet—and an understanding that reliability is critical. To volunteer at MoMA, candidates must make a one-year commitment and be available for at least two shifts each month, unless otherwise stated in the volunteer requirements.

Please review the position descriptions before applying. Listed are some volunteer positions that become available most frequently.

Lobby Greeter

Greet and direct visitors, discourage line jumping, distribute general information, educate visitors about Museum programs other attractions in New York, distribute plastic umbrella bags on rainy days, and assist with crowd control in the lobby. Approach families in the lobby and inform them about the resources available to families at MoMA. Seek out and approach groups at lobby entrances, and help to orient them by greeting them, establishing whether they have a reservation, taking the group leader to group processing area, and taking the groups to checkroom and group waiting area.

Required Skills
Initiative taking, proactive and comfortable seeking out visitor contact, friendly and outgoing, comfortable using communication technology (i.e. two-way radio/walkie talkie), physical stamina—most of shift will be spent standing and walking

Program schedule
Daily, year round

Time Requirements
Shift: three hours
Weekday volunteers: once per week; Weekend volunteers: twice per month

Information Desk Volunteer

Answer visitor questions at volunteer information desks on all floors, including the Education and Family Information Desk; keep brochures stocked at desks; and distribute Visitor Guides, MoMA monthly calendars, Family Activity Guides, other specific Education materials, and other Museum brochures. Help track visitor requests, questions, and comments to aid the Department of Visitor Services, including conducting visitor surveys. Have thorough knowledge of Education programs and offerings available at MoMA. Help track visitor requests, questions, and comments to aid the Department of Visitor Services and Education

Required Skills
Proactive, initiative taking, excellent communication skills, comfortable with seeking visitor contact

Program Schedule
Daily except Tuesday, year-round

Time Requirements
Shift: four hours, with breaks
Weekday volunteers: once per week; Weekend volunteers: twice per month

Family Gallery Programs Volunteer

Tours for Tweens (Gallery Talk): Greet and sign in families who have preregistered for Tours for Tweens. Create name tags. Wait for and guide latecomers to their group. Assist Museum Educator with group management in the galleries. Hand out Family Activity Guides and passes at the conclusion of the tour. Answer questions about Family Programs

A Closer Look for Kids and Tours for Fours (Gallery Talks): Volunteers will greet families as they enter the Museum, making sure they are escorted to the correct program; answer questions about Family Programs and introduce new families to the program; create name tags; guide families to their group; assist Museum Educator with group management in the galleries; and hand out family activity guides and passes at the conclusion of the tour. On some dates Gallery Talk Volunteers will first assist by greeting families in the main lobby of the Museum and redirecting them to the Cullman Education Building. If programs are sold out, these Volunteers will hand out free tickets to families turned away from the programs. Afterwards, they will join a group in the galleries. Gallery Talk Volunteers may also help bring late families to their assigned group and later join a group after assisting the Program Coordinators.

Required Skills
Enjoy working with families. Some physical stamina needed—standing and walking required

Program Schedule
Weekends, basically year-round (one to two months no programs)

Time Requirements
Shift: three hours

Family Art Workshop Assistant

Sign in families for preregistered Family Art Workshops. Assist in set-up of classroom for art workshops. Assist with overall upkeep of the classroom. Assist Museum Educator with group management in the galleries. Assist Educator during the workshop. May help children directly but will consult with Museum Educator for specific instructions on how to best assist. Assist with clean-up and hand out Family Activity Guides and passes at the conclusion of the workshop.

Required Skills
Some experience working with children, comfortable working with art materials, assistant teaching experience helpful

Program Schedule
Weekends: twelve workshops per month

Time Requirements
Shift: 3.5–4 hours, three times per month

How to Apply

To apply for any of the positions listed above, please download an application (Adobe Acrobat Reader required) and mail your completed application to:

MoMA Volunteer Program
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019-5497

To contact the Volunteer Program and request an application through the mail, please e-mail your mailing address to volunteers@moma.org.