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Join the FAM Volunteer Team!

The Fresno Art Museum is always seeking individuals who care about people, are excited about sharing their knowledge, and most of all, who love and care about art. If you have a background in customer service, art history, or education, all the better, but not required.

All volunteers must be Museum members and must submit a volunteer application (link below). Applicants for the DOCENT PROGRAM must also complete the docent application (below). Those volunteers working with children must be cleared through DOJ by submitting fingerprints.
 
For more information on general or event volunteering opportunities, please call (559) 441-4221, x 102 or download a volunteer application by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page and submit as instructed below.
 

Office Support & Curatorial

We always need office support (answering phones and the door, filing, organizing). Our office support volunteers come on a set day or days every week for a half or full day. We occasionally use volunteers in our curatorial department, particulalry during exhibition change and sometimes for special projects.

We also often need help with Special Events.

And if you have special skills. . .  like a plummer, electrician, maintenance, grant writer, data base magician, bartender, musician, entertainer, and wish to help out occasionally or as needed, please let us know that too.


Event Volunteers
  • Men Who Cook (2nd Saturday of June)
  • Fresno Mini Maker Faire (held in April each year)
  • Family Day (Held three times a year)
  • Member Openings
  • Art Under the Stars

Docents 

We are looking for friendly, outgoing, individuals who are lifelong learners and have a love and interest in the visual arts and the history of art, enjoy sharing knowledge with adults and/or children, and are willing to attend artist and curatorial gallery lectures and other docent trainings and commit at least two volunteer hours per week to the Museum on a regular and on-going basis.

Desired Skills:

  • Good Communication Skills - Feeling comfortable speaking to groups is essential. Being able to speak clearly, articulately and with confidence about your subject is also important. Docents that are good at “storytelling” are great.
  • Customer Service - To make visitors feel welcome at the museum as they contemplate art, view rotating exhibitions, and interact with artists and others about the creative process, as well as helping to implement high-quality education programs that will complement the exhibitions and truly serve our diverse community. Although we like our docents well-versed on the exhibitions and the visual arts, we look more for friendly warmth and personalities that can quickly assess their audience and gear their tour of the exhibits accordingly.
  • Research - Although not required, docents that have the ability to read about and research the subject of the exhibitions on their own and share with other docents and Museum staff are always appreciated.

Requirements: 

  • Must be willing to occasionally work on weekends and evenings for special events. Must feel comfortable in the role of gallery guide-- not leading a group, but being available in the galleries to answer questions about the exhibitions. Must be flexible to attend in-gallery lectures before openings of new exhibitions, usually three to four times per year and most often on Thursday or Friday afternoons. For docents interested in working with children, must be available during the week for school tours.
  • The best docents lead an interactive tour, not just lecturing about a subject. They have an ability to engage their audience and encourage participation and dialogue while viewing exhibits using a modified form of VTS (Visual Teaching Strategies).
  • Must be willing to participate in docent training opportunities.
  • Must commit to being available for tours at a minimum of two hours per week for a minimum of one year (vacations or illness, of course, are exceptions.) Must be willing to occasionally work on weekends and evenings for special events. Must feel comfortable in the role of gallery guide-- not leading a group, but being available in the galleries to answer questions about the exhibitions. Must be flexible to attend in-gallery lectures before openings of new exhibitions, usually three to four times per year and most often on Thursday or Friday afternoons. For docents interested in working with children, must be available during the week for school tours.

Women's League
(click here for more info on this organization)
 

Interns

FAM does utilize volunteer interns from local colleges and universities. They have most commonly worked in Special Events, Curatorial, and Education. Please submit a cover letter describing exactly what you want to do and what sort of weekly/hourly committment you are required to make and for what period of time, the class, school and name of the instructor you will be working under, along with your resume, to our HR Department. If we are interested, we will contact you to set up an interview with the appropriate department.

 


All applications can be emailed to our HR Department by clicking this link or sent by mail to:

HR Department
Fresno Art Museum
2233 N First Street
Fresno, CA  93703 

Volunteer Application [.pdf]

Docent Application [.pdf]