Docent volunteers are trained to lead group tours of the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. Docents must know the museum’s history, furniture, paintings, antiques and silverware, in addition to special exhibitions. Select members of this group will be on call to lead booked group and school tours as scheduled. Docents must be comfortable with public speaking and working with diverse groups of people. Ideal candidates have an engaging personality, a willingness to learn, reliability, and an interest in art and art history. This post requires extensive training and a minimum six-month commitment. Docent shifts are available during typical operating hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. On-call education tours may occur weekdays when the museum is closed to the public.


Program volunteers are needed as an extra set of hands during programs for children and adults. These volunteers would not lead programs but ensure they run smoothly from setup, check-in, through cleanup. Programs include children’s crafts to adult hands-on creative projects and lectures. Program volunteers should be willing to roll up their sleeves and must be able to lift 25 pounds unassisted. Programs typically occur during evenings and weekends.


Special event volunteers assist the visitor experience chief and membership services with opening receptions, festivals and private events. At on-site events, volunteers help set up tables, food and drinks; greet guests; and help special events run smoothly. After the event, volunteers help guests depart and clean the event site. At offsite events, volunteers represent The Biggs to relate museum happenings. They may be asked to lead simple hands-on crafts or collect contact information from booth visitors. Volunteers are expected to help set up and break down a booth or table. Volunteers should be willing to pitch in and participate. The ideal special events volunteer is approachable and engaging. Special events typically occur on evenings and weekends, but assistance occasionally is needed at offsite events and festivals on weekdays.


Special skills volunteers share trade skills such as building, painting, electrical or creative skills such as photography, videography, set design or language translation. We want to build a capable volunteer team with diverse expertise.


The Biggs needs willing workers and helping hands.
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