Community Volunteer Opportunities at VMFA
Community volunteers at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts help to make our collections available to the public 365 days a year! From greeting and escorting visitors or assisting children in the Art Education Center to developing databases or dusting artwork, a variety of volunteer opportunities are available.
Volunteers are utilized seven days a week from before the museum opens to when it closes, making it convenient to find a schedule that accommodates any volunteer’s lifestyle. Some volunteer positions require an ongoing commitment, while others are one-time activities or on-call positions.
VMFA strives to place volunteer applicants of all ages, backgrounds, and interests into appropriate assignments and encourages intergenerational, family, and group volunteering. Students with community-service-hour requirements for school or service organizations may fulfill their commitment at the museum. Please note that, while the volunteer programs offer much flexibility, various circumstances such as position availability and suitability may prevent VMFA from placing an applicant. In addition, most volunteer positions require a reference and background check.
As warmer weather approaches, the Gardening Team will be gearing up for planting and pruning in the Sculpture Garden on Wednesday mornings. The Clean Team is also looking for help with dusting in the galleries in the early mornings and evenings. The newly forming Visitor Experience Team is seeking volunteers to assist with surveys and data collection during a variety of time periods. Ask Me Ambassadors, volunteers who greet visitors, assist with wayfinding, check coats and parcels, usher, and on occasions take tickets (requires strong interpersonal and customer service skills), are needed, especially on Thursday and Friday evenings and weekends. Over the summer, volunteers will be enlisted to help with our children’s art adventure camps. To learn more about these and other volunteer opportunities and the application process, please contact Kim Frola, Volunteer Programs Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804.340.1461.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering at VMFA. We hope to hear from you soon!