Volunteers give 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 visual 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 Caitlin Rhea outlining your interests and availability. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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) prepared for each exhibition
- —Free exhibition catalogs and postcards
- —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 Caitlin Rhea: email@example.com