Volunteer & Internships

 

Volunteer

Interested in getting involved? We're always looking for friendly and motivated individuals to join our team. Volunteer positions include:

• Docent: Docents are responsible for leading tours of the museum, speaking about the current exhibitions and the historic building. Docents should be social, energetic, confident, social, flexible, and comfortable working with children, adults, and other diverse groups. A background in education is a preferred but not required. Docents work with the Director of Programs and Visitor Experience. All necessary training will be provided.

• Gallery Attendant: Gallery attendants are immersed in the exhibitions and assist our visitors with hands-on exhibits, answer questions about the exhibitions and the Museum, and monitor galleries to ensure the best experience for our visitors.

• Events and programs: The Museum hosts a program or event about once per week. Event and program volunteers support Museum events such as opening receptions, lectures, family days, and concerts.  These volunteers help set up and work during our programs by tending bar, assisting guests, and helping to make our events run smoothly.

• Exhibition Installation: Exhibition installers work with the Museum's curatorial staff on all aspects of gallery preparation. This is a perfect position for people who enjoy working with their hands and don't mind getting a little dirty. Projects may include painting, framing, mounting labels, constructing displays, and more.

• Education and special projects: Education and special projects volunteers assist docents and art teachers during tours and children’s programs at the at the museum.  Spend time at the Museum helping  with prep work for projects in our education department, and other as-needed assistance.

 

Click here to complete a volunteer application 

 


Internships

An internship with the Museum of Sonoma County will provide hands on, in-field experience, as well as provide practical work experience a student can take with them no matter what career path they choose.

• Internships may be focused on art or history exhibitions, as well as education, or development and marketing.

• Internships start and end coinciding with school terms; typically about 4 months. Interns will set up a regular work schedule with their supervisor, based on the type of projects they will be working on.  Recommended: 2 day, or between 8 and 12 hours a week.

• Museum interns receive college credit based on the hours required by their college program, or an amount decided on by Volunteer Coordinator, supervisor, and student. We encourage students to volunteer as a way to gain museum/gallery work experience, however if college credit is not being earned, we consider this volunteer experience rather than an internship.

• Both interns and volunteers may request a letter of recommendation or verification of their volunteer work.

• If interested and qualified candidates are available, the Museum can accommodate one intern per semester/school term in the following areas:

• Collections (Spring/Fall/Summer)

• Exhibitions (Spring/Fall/Summer)

• Education & programs (Spring/Fall/Summer)

• Marketing & Development (Spring/Fall/Summer)

 

Click here to complete an internship application

To inquire about all volunteer opportunities, please contact Jenny Bath at jbath@museumsc.org.


Museum of Sonoma County
425 Seventh Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 579-1500

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The mission of the Museum of Sonoma County is to engage and inspire our diverse community with art and history exhibitions, collections, and public programs that are inclusive, educational, and relevant.