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Volunteering

Volunteering at MoMA

Join the MoMA Volunteer Program and contribute to MoMA’s mission to inspire and engage! Connect with other art enthusiasts, share your knowledge, and become a part of our community.

MoMA volunteers are an essential and valued part of the Museum’s operation, providing daily support to our educational programs and the Visitor Engagement team. As a MoMA volunteer you will not only have the opportunity to see how a major art museum creates a remarkable experience, you’ll also play a special role by helping visitors discover something new each time they come to the Museum.

Volunteer positions are varied and flexible. We ask that all incoming volunteers commit to at least six months of service and be available to perform at least one shift per month. We currently offer three volunteer options with varied annual shift commitments:

  • Weekly (40 shifts per year )
  • Biweekly (22 shifts per year)
  • Seasonal (18 shifts per year)

Please review the role descriptions below before submitting your application, and let us know how you would most like to contribute.

Survey Volunteer

Performs integral data collection through visitor feedback surveys, actively contributing to the ongoing mission of improving the visitor experience at MoMA.

Must be fully iPad proficient and able to stand continuously for three hours. Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to easily interact with the public are required. No previous survey experience is necessary.

Information Desk Volunteer

Answers visitor questions at information desks beyond the lobby and on upper floors, stocks and organizes brochures and materials at desks. Assists with wayfinding, distributes general Museum information, educates visitors about daily and upcoming events and MoMA membership, and answers questions about the neighborhood and NYC. Helps track and record visitor feedback to aid the Department of Visitor Engagement. Supports staff by assisting visitors with audio devices when necessary. Maintains thorough knowledge of Museum policy, exhibitions, educational programming, and other public offerings available at MoMA.

Must be fully iPad proficient and able to lift small boxes and carry bags of brochures.

Volunteer Art Lab Greeter

Greets visitors, instructs them where they can leave strollers and coats, records attendance, asks them to wait to be introduced to the Art Lab by a facilitator, and maintains a waiting list when necessary. Prepares art-making supplies, sharpens pencils, and helps tidy the space. Educates visitors about Museum programs and informs them about the resources available to families at MoMA. Maintains thorough knowledge of Museum policy, exhibitions, educational programming, and other public offerings available at MoMA.

Must be fully iPad proficient and able to lift small boxes, carry bags of brochures, and assist with cleanup.

A Closer Look for Kids and Tours for Fours (gallery talks): Greets families as they enter the Museum, making sure they are escorted to the correct program. Helps families store their belongings in lockers. Answers questions about Family Programs and introduces new families to the program. Creates name tags and guides families to their group. Assists Museum educator with group management in the galleries. Hands out family activity guides, postcards, and passes at the conclusion of the tour.

Tours for Tweens (Gallery Talk): Greets and signs in families preregistered for Tours for Tweens. Creates name tags, helps families store their belongings, and waits for and guides latecomers to their group. Assists Museum educator with group management in the galleries. Hands out passes at the conclusion of the tour. Answers questions about Family Programs.

Must be able to stand for long periods and carry bags of supplies.

Family Art Workshop Volunteer

Greets and signs in families preregistered for Family Art Workshops. Assists in setup of classroom for art workshops and with overall upkeep of the classroom. Assists Museum educator with group management in the galleries, during the workshop, and during cleanup. Hands out family passes at the conclusion of the tour. In the studio, volunteers may help families directly, but will consult with Museum educator for specific instructions on how best to assist.

Must be able to stand for long periods and assist with cleanup. Comfortable working with art supplies.

Community and Access Volunteer

Helps with the monthly programs Art inSight, Create Ability, Meet Me at MoMA, and Prime Time. Greets visitors as they enter the Museum, assists with check-in, and makes sure attendees connect with the correct program. Assists specially trained Museum educators as they lead the group in art-making studios, hands-on activities, or gallery tours. Works to keep the group together while the tours are in session, in addition to acting as a guide for the visitors.

Must be able to stand for long periods of time, push wheelchairs, and carry bags of supplies or stools for the visitors. May be asked to help with setup and cleanup for an activity or event.

Greets and guides visitors through the Museum and galleries. Transports supply cart and stools to meeting location and galleries. Helps educator distribute materials and audio devices as needed. Assists with wayfinding, distributes general Museum information, educates visitors about daily and upcoming events and MoMA membership, and answers questions about the neighborhood and NYC.

Must be able to stand for long periods of time, carry bags of supplies (up to 10 pounds), and push a storage cart and racks of stools. Proficiency in English and Spanish is preferred.

Application process

To apply to the MoMA Volunteer Program, please complete our online application form. If you have any questions about our program or require assistance with the application process, please send an email to volunteers@moma.org or call (212) 333-1273.

Candidates will be invited to interview as positions become available. Candidates will be accepted into our program based on their availability, enthusiasm for MoMA’s mission, and potential to make a positive impact on our community.

Ideal candidates should possess an appreciation for art, a genuine interest in engaging with the public, keen attention to detail, and a positive attitude. MoMA volunteers are proactive, adaptable, and understand that reliability is key. All applicants must be fully iPad proficient.

Volunteering at MoMA PS1

Warm Up Volunteer

MoMA PS1 seeks hard-working and energetic volunteers for its annual Warm Up summer music series. Ideal applicant is punctual, friendly, articulate, extremely outgoing, comfortable with large crowds and festive atmospheres, and possess physical stamina (as most of the shift will be spent outdoors with long periods of standing, walking, and moderate lifting.) Assists with various aspects of the event, including staffing information tables and providing details about MoMA PS1, The Young Architects Program, and Warm Up to visitors; front-of-house support, including line management, ID verification, and assistance with guest list; encouraging visitors to sign up for the MoMA PS1 email list; and staffing water stations and coat check.

To volunteer at Warm Up, please send a PDF to volunteer_ps1@moma.org containing:

  1. A résumé with two local references;
  2. A cover letter including brief answers to the following questions.
    Have you volunteered at Warm Up before?
    Do you have any prior volunteer and/or relevant experience, specifically at events? If so, please describe. What would you bring to the Warm Up team?
    Why do you want to volunteer at MoMA PS1?
    What do you hope to gain from the experience?

Please use “Warm Up Volunteer” as the subject line of your email.

More information

Requirements

Commitment of at least one shift for four Saturdays is required. Daily shifts are approximately four hours long and are organized accordingly: shift 1 runs 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; shift 2 runs 3:00–7:00 p.m.; shift 3 runs 5:00–9:00 p.m. Some shifts are subject to change.

Benefits

Free admission tickets to select Warm Ups; free admission to The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1; free admission to many other NYC cultural institutions; a 50% discount at the MoMA Store on MoMA-produced items and a 40% discount on non-MoMA produced items; free custom Warm Up volunteer T-shirt; and guest passes to Warm Up events.