Volunteer

Get involved at the Birmingham Museum of Art by volunteering! There are many ways to volunteer your time at the Museum. Volunteers assist at the Information Desk, Museum Shop, special events, in the galleries, and more.

We’re seeking volunteers who love working with people, are interested in art, and have a desire to get involved in the Birmingham community. In return, volunteers receive benefits such as an increased knowledge in art through additional information for special exhibitions, invitations to volunteer appreciation events, and a free Museum membership for volunteers who commit to 12 shifts per year. See below for a description of volunteer opportunities at the Museum, which are grouped by similar training, skills, and time commitments. Let us know what opportunities appeal to your interests and experience by completing our application at the bottom of the page.


Tier 1 Volunteer Opportunities

These opportunities will require minimal training and time commitment. Volunteers will be called on for special events, programs, and outreach opportunities and will need to be available for 2-4 hours on weeknights and weekends. Applicants best fit for these opportunities would have great customer service skills and enjoy interacting with large crowds.

  • Community Engagement: Volunteers help represent the Museum at various events in the community. Duties include preparing art supplies, assisting with drop-in art activities, and providing information about Museum programs and exhibitions. Community engagement shifts are often on weeknights and weekends, but occasionally on weekdays. Shifts are typically 2-4 hours.
  • Special Events: Special events volunteers assist with drop-in art activities, ticketing, and other duties during events such as Art On The Rocks, Family Festivals, and more. Special events are often on weeknights and weekends and shifts are typically 2-4 hours.

Tier 2 Volunteer Opportunities

These volunteer opportunities will require more frequent, intensive training, and volunteers will need to commit to at least 4 shifts per month. Volunteers in any of the following positions will need to have strong customer service skills, a desire to interact with a wide variety of people, and the ability to handle the unexpected and maintain professionalism in a busy environment. These positions do involve periodic evaluations to make sure the role is the right fit and the requirements of the position are met.

  • Information Desk: Volunteers at the Information Desk ensure a great experience for Museum visitors. They greet visitors, help them plan their visit, and provide general information on current exhibitions and programs. Shifts are 10am-1pm and 1-4pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 1-4pm on Sundays. Information Desk volunteers sign up for at least two shifts per month.
  • Museum Shop: Volunteers in the Museum Shop assist staff with greeting and helping customers, as well as pricing and displaying items. Shifts are 12pm-3pm on Tuesdays through Friday, and 1-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Museum Shop volunteers sign up for at least two shifts per month.
  • Visitor Engagement Volunteer: This role serves as an ambassador for the Department of Learning and Engagement to ensure a positive visitor experience. These volunteers will be stationed at various locations throughout the Museum and help direct visitors on ways to engage with the collection, as well as gather visitor feedback and satisfaction surveys. Shifts are 10am-1pm and 1-4pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 1-4pm on Sundays. Visitor Engagement volunteers sign up for at least 2 shifts per month. // Special Exhibition Volunteers: This role falls under the Visitor Engagement Volunteer and will be pulled from for special exhibitions. Special Exhibition volunteers will help visitors understand the different types of engagement specific to the special exhibition and answer questions related to the exhibition. Volunteers will need to be available for the duration of the exhibition.
  • Sensory Empowerment Program (SEP) Tour Assistants: In our Sensory Empowerment Program (SEP), specially-trained educators present the Museum’s collection and select special exhibitions through multi-sensory education. Using verbal descriptions, tactile models based on original artworks,  and specially selected sculptures, these tours allow visitors to experience art in a way they may not be able to on their own. SEP Tour Assistants will be specifically trained in SEP tour techniques and assist staff on these tours to make sure every guest’s need is met. They will need to commit to 1 tour per quarter to maintain experience and be up to date on the collections. (These volunteers will not be facilitating tours)
  • Tactile Days Assistant: One day a month, the Museum’s SEP tactiles will be on display for visitors. Tactile Day volunteers will need to be trained on SEP tour techniques and tactile management in order to educate the guests on the tactiles and how to utilize them.
  • Bart’s ArtVenture Volunteer: This volunteer will assist in the BMA’s highly popular interactive space created especially for kids and families. During business hours, the Bart’s volunteers will assist families and children with engaging in our early learning and development space. These volunteers will also help t in any programming that is scheduled for Bart’s ArtVenture. This opportunity is great for those who enjoy early learning and wish to be a part of connecting our youngest visitors to the arts.

Tier 3 Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers will work in one of the departments in the Museum on a specific project. These volunteer opportunities will require specialized skills and training. Volunteers will need to commit to the entire length of the project, which can vary from weeks to months. These positions do involve periodic evaluations to make sure the role is the right fit and the requirements of the position are met.

  • Curatorial Volunteer: Volunteers will assist with data entry into TMS (The Museum System database) and extensive research on various aspects of our collections. Volunteers will need to commit to the entire length of the project.
  • Library Volunteer: Volunteers will assist the Librarian in organizing and reshelving books and catalogs. Volunteers will need to commit to multiple shifts every month for 6 months or longer.
  • Registration Volunteer: This position will assist with documenting, inventorying, and cataloging works of art. Volunteers will need to commit to the entire length of the project.

HOW TO APPLY

Volunteers must be 18 years old or older. Please note, the Birmingham Museum of Art is unable to accept volunteers for court-ordered community service or any other community service requirement that is a result of a disciplinary infraction.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the BMA! If any position(s) interest you, please fill out an application below. Spots are limited for some volunteer opportunities, and have specific requirements, but we will try to match you with your preferred opportunity.

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Have any additional questions about volunteer opportunities? Please email volunteer@artsbma.org