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How to Volunteer

There are multiple volunteer opportunities for museum patrons age 16 and up.

Volunteering

The Historic Pensacola Ambassador program is a volunteer corps of individuals who give of their time and talents to help sustain our mission. The opportunities are numerous at the University of West Florida Historic Trust—from living history to archival collections. At the Pensacola Museum of Art, we cater to individuals interested in fine art, museum education. curatorial practices and art history. Are you interested in art, exhibition installation and/or museum education? Do you love talking with people? Do you enjoy researching art movements and artists? Or, is cataloging collections more your desire? We have numerous volunteer opportunities within different departments at the PMA to suit your interests. Please contact Caitlyn Cooney outlining your interests and availability. ccooney@uwf.edu

Volunteer Opportunities at the PMA

Front Desk Volunteers | ages 18+

Volunteers answer visitor questions; answers and directs incoming calls; stocks and organizes brochures and materials at information desk. Volunteers also track visitor requests, questions, and comments to aid Museum staff. Volunteers maintain and communicate knowledge of current and upcoming exhibitions, education programs, and other public offerings available at PMoA.


Front desk volunteers should be friendly, welcoming, posses excellent communication skills; problem-solving skills; ability to use variety of information resources provided, comfortable interacting with visitors of all ages; and comfortable, once trained, ringing up sales (admission and gift shop) on Point Of Sales system.

Curatorial Volunteers | ages 18+

Volunteers assist the curatorial staff with assignments that range from database entry, research, updating inventories, and exhibition and collections maintenance. Attention to detail is crucial.

Education Volunteers | ages 18+

Volunteers in the education program are trained to work with students aged 5 - 13 years old. Volunteers assist the classroom educator with a range of tasks including; project preparation, classroom tidiness, individual attention to students, and ensuring the safety of students in the classroom. Education volunteers must be able to pass a background check and enjoy working with children.

Docents | ages 18+

PMoA docents are trained volunteers interested in leading student and adult tour groups through featured exhibitions. No prior education or training within the arts is necessary to become a docent. Training is provided by PMoA staff and seasoned docents. 


In return for a docent’s time and talents, they will receive educational opportunities and behind-the-scenes museum experiences.

Upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions

Stop in to learn more about our volunteer opportunities. Bring a friend and you and the friend receive a 20% coupon for our museum stores.

If you are interested in joining the Historic Pensacola Ambassadors program, please select the button below to take you to our volunteer application. Thank you!

Voluteer Opportunities

Tuesday, August 15 9am - 10am

Wentworth Museum, 300 South Jefferson Street

Tuesday, September 19 5pm - 6pm

Voices of Pensacola, 117 East Government Street

Tuesday, October 17 1pm - 2pm

Wentworth Museum, 330 South Jefferson Street

Tuesday, November 21 9am - 10am

Museum of Commerce, 201 East Zaragoza Street

Tuesday, December 19 5pm - 6pm

Wentworth Museum, 300 South Jefferson Street

For more information about volunteering, please contact Wendi Davis at 850-595-5985 ext. 111 or wdavis4@uwf.edu.

Become a PMA Docent

PMA docents are trained volunteer educators interested in leading student and adult tour groups through featured exhibitions. They are a critical component of the Museum workforce, and provide an important service for our community and students.

We are always looking to grow our Docent program with individuals who are passionate about the arts, critical thinking, adult and youth education, and museum visitor experience.

In return for a docent’s time and talents, they will receive educational opportunities and behind-the-scenes museum experiences such as:


  • —Private exhibition walkthroughs with the Chief Curator and/or the Curator of Education
  • —Use of the PMA private library
  • —In-depth docent tour packets (both in print and electronic format) for each exhibition
  • —Free exhibition catalogs
  • —Providing a valuable service to their community and the arts
  • —Continuing education and development of public speaking, reading, research, and analytical skills
  • —Additional outreach educational opportunities with the museum’s education department

Interested in becoming a part of our Docent team? Please contact Caitlyn Cooney: ccooney@uwf.edu