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. 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, proficiency with computers, 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.

Volunteers

Lobby Greeter

Greets and directs visitors, distributes general information, educates visitors about Museum programs and membership, answers general questions about the neighborhood and NYC, keeps visitor traffic moving and controlled, and assists lobby staff with other tasks upon request. Approaches families in the lobby and informs them about the resources available to families at MoMA. Seeks out and approaches groups at lobby entrances, and helps to orient them by greeting them, establishing whether they have a reservation, taking the group leader to group processing area, assisting the groups to check and retrieve belongings in the checkroom, and escorting them to the group waiting area. Maintains thorough knowledge of exhibitions, education programs, and other public offerings available at MoMA.

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Requirements

Friendly, welcoming, and proactive about seeking out visitor contact; excellent communication skills; excellent problem-solving skills; ability to use variety of information resources provided; good memory; comfortable interacting with visitors of all ages; physical stamina (shift will be spent standing and walking); and iPad proficient

Program Schedule

Daily, year-round

Time Requirements

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

Information Desk Volunteer

Answers visitor questions at information desks beyond the lobby and on upper floors, including the Education and Family Information desk, and stocks and organizes brochures and materials at desks. Helps track visitor requests, questions, and comments to aid the Department of Visitor Services, including occasional visitor surveys. Maintains thorough knowledge of exhibitions, education programs, and other public offerings available at MoMA.

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Requirements

Friendly, welcoming, proactive about seeking out visitor contact; excellent communication skills; excellent problem-solving skills; ability to use variety of information resources provided; good memory; comfortable interacting with visitors of all ages; able to work well with other volunteers; and iPad proficient

Program Schedule

Daily, year-round

Time Requirements

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

MoMA Art Lab Greeter

Greet visitors, instruct them where they can leave strollers and coats, record attendance, ask them to wait to be introduced to the Lab by a facilitator, and maintain a waiting list when necessary. Prepare art-making supplies, sharpen pencils, and help tidy the space. Educate visitors about Museum programs and inform them about the resources available to families at MoMA.

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Requirements

Comfortable taking initiative and being proactive about seeking out visitor contact, friendly and outgoing, iPad proficient

Program Schedule

Daily, 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): Greets and signs in families preregistered for Tours for Tweens. Creates name tags; waits for and guides latecomers to their group; assists Museum educator with group management in the galleries; hands out postcards and passes at the conclusion of the tour; and answers questions about Family Programs.

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; guides families to their group; assists Museum educator with group management in the galleries; and hands out family activity guides, postcards, and passes at the conclusion of the tour.

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Requirements

Enjoys working with families; must be punctual, proactive, and responsible; some physical stamina required (shifts involve standing and walking).

Program Schedule

Weekends, late fall through late spring

Time Requirements

Shift: three hours, 18 shifts per year

Family Art Workshop Assistant

Greets and signs in families preregistered for Family Art Workshops. Assists in set-up 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 activity guides and 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 to best assist.

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Requirements

Some experience working with children; comfortable working with art materials; assistant-teaching experience helpful; and must be punctual, proactive, and responsible.

Program Schedule

Weekends, late fall through late spring

Time Requirements

Shift: four hours, 18 shifts per year

How to Apply

To apply to be a MoMA Volunteer, please download an application (Adobe Acrobat Reader required) and send your completed application to:

volunteers@moma.org

OR

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

Photo: Martin Seck