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MAKE A DIFFERENCE

SAM involves hundreds of volunteers in dynamic and engaging opportunities at all three museum sites. Our volunteers provide great customer service, support administrative tasks, facilitate art experiences, and more.

Prospective volunteers should be passionate about art, enjoy interacting with the public, and able to make at least a six-month commitment to a weekly or every-other-week schedule. Required orientation provided by SAM.

CURRENT VOLUNTEERS

Current Volunteers

We use several web-based tools to communicate with our volunteers. Please use the links to the right to access information for your volunteer assignment.

Volgistics

Volgistics is our volunteer management system. It has two modules. VicTouch is the on-site component where you sign in and out for your volunteer shift; VicNet is the web-based module where you can:​

  • Update your contact information

  • Check your schedule

  • Sign up for shifts

  • View your service record

Please contact the Volunteer Department with any questions about Volgistics.

VOLUNTEER ApplicationS

From coat check to docent tours, we rely on volunteers to successfully run the museum’s diverse programs. Read below for descriptions of the volunteer positions at SAM.

Please note: Due to an enthusiastic response from the community we have very few volunteer opportunities open at this time. If we cannot place you in a volunteer position right away, we will keep your application on file for opportunities that open in the near future.

Apply Now

Fill out our online application.

To request that an application be mailed to you, please contact:
Volunteer Department
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
206.654.3168
Email us.​​

Volunteer Positions

Please note: not all positions listed are available at all times.

Ambassador

Olympic Sculpture Park​​
Work outdoors! Greet and welcome visitors; answer questions and provide accurate information about the Olympic Sculpture Park facilities, artwork, and exhibitions, with special focus on the Neukom Vivarium. Prospective volunteers should enjoy being outside and interacting with the public. Training required, provided by SAM. Weekly or biweekly shifts, Tue–Sun, 2–3 hours.

Art Studio

All three museum locations
Help youth have an enriching educational experience in the hands-on Art Studio. Assist Teaching Artists with setup, clean-up, demonstration and use of materials for school groups of 30 students. Experience working with youth preferred. Requires excellent communication skills, interest or knowledge of art education, and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all ages. Weekly or biweekly shifts, Oct–Jun, Wed–Fri, 9:30 am–12:30 pm.

Coat Check

Seattle Art Museum
Ensure that all visitors have a positive and enjoyable experience. Greet and welcome guests, check coats and belongings, and assist museum visitors. Requires a warm, professional public presence and customer service orientation; ability to communicate clearly and effectively with staff, volunteers, and visitors; ability to stand for extended periods and lift up to 20 pounds. Training provided. Minimum two shifts per month: Wed–Sun, 10 am–1:30 pm or 1:30–5 pm; Thu 5:30–9 pm.

Docent Program

All three museum locations
Lead tours of SAM's collections and special exhibitions for school, public, and private audiences. Check here for details about the next docent training class (likely 2016) as they become available.

 


Events Support

All three museum locations
Be the host with the most at after-hours programs, members' previews, and other special events. Greet guests, usher, check coats and parcels, and assist staff. Requires excellent customer service skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with staff, volunteers, and visitors. Physical requirements may include standing for extended periods and lifting up to ten pounds. Requires eight shifts per year; evenings and weekends.

Information Desk

Seattle Art Museum
Welcome visitors at the Information Desk during selected hours. Learn to access information desk materials and give accurate information about all aspects of the museum to visitors and information line callers. Requires excellent communication skills, a sincere enjoyment of people, and the ability to deal positively with difficult visitors. Knowledge of Seattle and tourist attractions is helpful. Minimum commitment: two three-and-a-half-hour shifts per month.

Libraries

Seattle Art Museum & Asian Art Museum
Assist library staff with a variety of projects including preparing catalogued materials, re-shelving, assisting patrons, and working on research or filing projects. Applicants must have superb computer skills, excellent communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to work with others in a professional manner. Most library volunteer positions require previous experience working in libraries or educational equivalent. The McCaw Foundation Library at the Asian Art Museum gives preference to applicants with the ability to write or speak Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. Be sure to indicate your library or Asian language experience on the volunteer application. Minimum commitment: two shifts per month, days and times vary between libraries: Wed–Sat, 10 am–5 pm.​

Park Steward

Olympic Sculpture Park
Work outdoors! Assist Olympic Sculpture Park staff with landscape maintenance projects, weeding, invasive plant removal, etc. Prospective volunteers should enjoy being outside and interacting with the public. Training required, provided by SAM. Biweekly three-hour shifts, Mar–Oct, Tue–Sun.

SAMbassador

Seattle Art Museum
Greet and welcome visitors in the museum galleries, answer questions, provide directions, engage in conversations about art and exhibitions. Requires a warm, professional public presence and customer service orientation, ability to communicate clearly and effectively with staff, volunteers, and visitors, and the ability to stand/walk for three hours. Required training provided by SAM. Minimum commitment: biweekly shifts for one year following training; Wed–Sun, 10 am–​1 pm or 1–4 pm; Thu, 6–9 pm​.

SAM Gallery

Seattle Art Museum
Bring art and people together! Rent and sell contemporary Northwest art to gallery visitors and museum members. Welcome gallery visitors, assist clients with art selection, and keep accurate records. Requires excellent customer service and communication skills and ability to lift framed art (up to 10 pounds). Knowledge of art or sales helpful. Minimum commitment: two shifts per month for one year, Wed–Sun, 10 am–5 pm; Thu, 3–9 pm.

Teen, Family & Community Programs

All three museum locations
Represent SAM at community festivals and outreach events, Teen or Family Programs, or in-gallery education spaces. Answer questions, distribute materials, assist with art-making activities. Requires excellent customer service skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with staff, volunteers, and visitors. Physical requirements may include standing for extended periods and lifting up to 10 pounds. Minimum requirement: one shift per month; evenings and weekends.

Visitor Services

All three museum locations
Welcome visitors to SAM on our busiest days with exceptional customer service. Visitor Services Volunteers help us with a variety of tasks including greeting visitors, dispensing and collecting audio tours for special exhibitions, and checking coats and bags as needed. Four-hour shifts on first Thursdays and weekends.​​