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Volunteer

Support Volunteers

Volunteer at the Telfair and get involved!

  • Volunteers are vital to the success of Telfair Museums and greatly enhance the visitor’s experience at the Telfair Academy, Jepson Center for the Arts, and the Owens-Thomas House.
  • Volunteer hours are flexible and shifts last 2-4 hours or more, depending on your schedule. Learn about art and artists, enjoy a creative atmosphere, meet interesting people, and have fun as a Telfair volunteer!
  • Open to everyone 16 or older.

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For more information, or to apply for a volunteer position, please call Jill Luse 912.790.8827.

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Check out these interviews with our volunteers.

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Volunteer Activities:

Front Desk / Information Assistant
Volunteers greet and welcome visitors, sell museum tickets, answer questions, and direct visitors to galleries and exhibits. Volunteers should be knowledgeable about current and upcoming exhibitions, programs, and events in the three museum buildings. Front Desk Volunteers are the welcoming face that greets the public!

Gallery Attendants
Volunteers are in galleries to provide security for artwork and hospitality to visitors by answering general questions. Gallery Attendant Volunteers are trained in visitor safety, security, museum rules and regulations, and general information about exhibits and programs.

Office Assistant
Volunteers assist staff with general office work in various departments such as marketing, membership, development, curatorial, and education. Duties may include filing, computer data entry, mailings, and assistance with projects or research. Computer skills are helpful, as well as accounting, marketing, and design experience for some positions.

Museum Stores
Volunteers provide friendly customer service and assist in daily sales transactions. Volunteers help with packing and unpacking merchandise, and operate the point of sale system, telephone, and calculator. Retail volunteers will gain knowledge of inventory and back stock, and help manage the sales floor at the Jepson Center and Owens-Thomas House.

Research and Project Assistants
Special projects or research opportunities are available in many departments. The museum staff is happy to train volunteers who are interested in learning about art-related projects and the functioning of an art museum.

Anderson Art Library
Volunteers help catalogue, sort, and manage the reference library in the Jepson Center   which is used by members and staff. Must have knowledge of Library of Congress cataloguing methods.

Photographer
Volunteer photographers or interns document exhibits, programs, and events for promotional materials, newsletters, website, auction catalogues and other event related publications, as well as media/press releases and archival records.

Membership Volunteer
Volunteers help promote museum memberships and benefits at museum exhibition openings, receptions and other special events. Membership volunteers staff membership and information tables and will be well versed in the various membership levels and benefits they provide. Volunteers should be outgoing, enjoy meeting and talking with the public, as well as current museum members.

Special Events & Fundraiser
The museum has several major fundraising events each year. Special Events Volunteers help with event planning, preparations, setup, and clean up. A wide variety of skills and talents are needed to conduct successful fundraisers that support the museum, education programs, and collections. Volunteers are called upon to help with marketing promotions, clerical tasks, mailings, and hands-on help during the events.

ArtZeum Interactive Gallery for Children
Volunteers help children discover and explore hands-on exhibits and activities to learn about and understand art, architecture, and the artistic process. Volunteers answer visitor’s questions, restock materials, and clean up after gallery activities.

Youth Art Programs
Volunteers assist with children’s studio art classes. Classes are offered year-round, including such programs as toddler third  Thursdays, 1st Saturdays for kids, high school programming, as well as our popular summer camp programs. Volunteers for these roles must be comfortable with children.

Gardeners, Owens-Thomas House Garden
Volunteers maintain the formal gardens, weeding, pruning, transplanting, and watering with other volunteers who have green thumbs and an interest in horticulture. Gardeners work in groups on seasonal projects and individually year round.

Preparator Assistant or Intern
Volunteers will assist curators and preparators in galleries and behind the scenes. Basic matting skills, experience handling art and installing art work and sculpture, and collection management experience are desirable. Volunteers will be trained and work with staff supervision.

For more information, or to apply for a volunteer position, please call 912.790.8827.