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Volunteers play an integral role in the daily operation of The Jewish Museum. Volunteers work in a number of departments including Collections & Exhibitions, Curatorial Affairs, Education, Finance, Museum Archives, Membership, Public Programs, and Visitor Services. We seek a diverse group of volunteers who can apply their skills, interests, and experiences to a wide range of short-term and project-specific assignments. Long-term and on-going assignments are also available. Candidates should possess an appreciation for art and culture, an interest in museums, commitment to teamwork, and at minimum, basic computer skills.

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Visitor Services Volunteer: Greet Museum visitors, distribute audio guides, and assist visitors as needed. Sundays, weekdays, and Thursday evening slots are available. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well with a diverse group of visitors and staff are essential. Foreign-language fluency a plus.

  • Membership Volunteer: Work with the Membership Department to recruit new members, and reach out to current members to renew and increase their membership support for the Museum. Assignments include staffing the lobby Membership Desk, calling lapsed members, and preparing membership and special event mailings. Opportunities available for volunteers interested in database entry as well. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well with a diverse group of members and staff are essential.

  • Staff Development Trainer: Staff development trainer sought to develop and conduct skills-based training for the Museum’s professional staff in the areas of time management, business writing, and computer skills. Prior staff training experience required.

  • Managing Librarian of The Jewish Museum library: The Jewish Museum’s small in-house library is located in the curatorial department of the museum, and is for staff use only. The library’s collecting scope is expansive, but focuses primarily on Judaica, archaeology, art by Jewish artists, Jewish history, and Jewish social, cultural and religious practice. The managing librarian oversees 2 library volunteers, one a trained cataloguer, and reports to a managing member of the curatorial staff. The time commitment is currently one day a week, but could vary. Must have at least 5 years of library experience; be computer savvy, familiarity with cataloguing and database systems a plus; willing to take on a variety of projects from office space clean up to reorganizing stacks; interest in Jewish art, culture and history a plus.

All applicants must submit a completed volunteer application and resume to:

Volunteer Coordinator
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128
Fax: (212) 423-3232

For more information, please contact:
Volunteer Coordinator
Tel: 212.423.3208

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The Jewish Museum - 5th Avenue
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York NY 10128