Share your time and skills, meet new friends and become part of a unique experience at the IMA. Below you will find standard volunteer opportunities at the IMA, but many positions can be customized to suit your skills and schedule. All volunteers receive on-site training and orientation. Some positions receive extensive formal training. Volunteers are encouraged to become members of the Museum so that they can become familiar with the IMA's many offerings.Contact IMA Volunteer Services at 317-923-1331 ext. 297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers at the IMA will now have access to view and manage their own schedules; sign-up for vacant schedule openings; print schedules; update personal information; receive news and messages from the volunteer office. The new Volunteer Central is the one place you can go to see all the new volunteer opportunities that are available at the Museum without leaving your home. Log in to the Volunteer Information Center.
- Complete the Volunteer Application.
- Once we have received your application, our Visitor and Volunteer Services staff will contact you by email with interview dates.
- Once you have completed an interview you will be given the dates of the group orientation from Visitor and Volunteer Services staff. All volunteers receive a copy of our IMA volunteer handbook, a free volunteer t-shirt and a tour of the museum. If you are interested in working as a departmental volunteer, that position may require additional training post-orientation.
Prospective volunteers must be 18 years of age.
NEW: Security Support
Security is an integral part of museum operations. Apart from protecting the art, Security works in concert with all departments including partnering with Visitor Services in greeting visitors, providing way-finding, addressing general questions or concerns and giving any information about public programs and events.Volunteers would assist Security with orientating the visiting public and be our eyes and ears with regards to any adverse conditions or safety concerns. There are both indoor and outdoor roles as well as some behind the scene administrative support roles. Volunteers will need to have strong attention to detail abilities, good communication skills and have a customer service background. There are no physical security expectations associated with this role. Security will provide the training needed in every aspect of this role.
Commitment: Two shifts a month during operating hours.
NEW: Art & Nature Park Grounds Volunteers/Naturalists
The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres includes woodlands, wetlands, meadows, and a 35-acre lake, and is one of the largest museum art parks in the country. Naturalist volunteers will assist in woodland and wetland ecosystem rehabilitation, including culling invasive plants, mulching, cutting back plants, planting, occasional weeding, watering, leaf and debris removal, and other work as directed by the Grounds staff. A basic knowledge of native plants is useful. Work takes place outside and can be physically demanding. Volunteers may come into contact with Round-up (a light herbicide) and/or poison ivy. Tasks may change from season to season.
Commitment: Every second and fourth Thursday starting in April (no work in July and maybe August)
Visitor Information volunteers offer a friendly and enthusiastic greeting to visitors. They provide information, give directions, answer general questions about museum collections and special exhibitions, and convey news of daily activities, services, and programs to visitors.
Commitment: 50 hours annually, generally working two 3-hour shifts each month.
Special Events and Projects
Work with the Museum staff during events such as exhibition openings, Penrod Arts Fair and Summer Nights as well as off-site events and festivals. These volunteers provide a warm welcome to visitors, give directions and answer questions about the Museum. If you prefer to work behind-the-scenes, special projects include assembling mailings, filing projects and more.
Commitment: One year, working at least three events per year
The 550-seat Tobias Theater is a great venue for cinema and must-see events such as performances and speakers from the worlds of art, architecture, design and other creative fields. The Toby presents classic, quirky and the newest international films and documentaries. The IMA is now recruiting volunteer ushers and ticket takers to assist with public programs in the theater.
Commitment: One year, working at least three events per year.
Opportunities in the Museum Store cover all areas of retail sales and merchandising.
Commitment: 50 hours annually, generally working two 4-hour shifts each month
Development / Membership
The IMA is seeking proactive, engaging and energetic volunteers to work with IMA Development staff to promote Membership. Opportunities range from a regularly scheduled position during Museum hours (evenings and weekends available) to IMA events such as Summer Nights. There is also an opportunity to join a street team to interact with our community. Training sessions are available and will be required for this position.
Commitment: Two 4 hour shifts per month
Gardens and Grounds
Many volunteers help maintain the IMA’s 52 acres of gardens. Horticulture volunteers are trained by full-time Horticulturists and work in the gardens and some participate as Garden Guides offering seasonal garden tours. A background in horticulture is preferred but not required. Master Gardener participants are welcome. Those interested in becoming a Garden Guide will be asked to complete additional training.
Commitment: Seasonal, 50 hours annually, generally working 3.5 hours a week, Tuesdays through Thursdays. Garden guides may have different hours.
African Activity Space Volunteers
The African Activity Space was created to give visitors an opportunity to create their own works of art and do activities that will enhance their experiences in the galleries. Activity Space Volunteers are responsible for maintaining the space, ensuring that art supplies are well stocked and available for public use. Volunteers will also offer a friendly greeting visitors, making sure that the public understands the activities that are available in the space. Volunteers will also be available to answer general inquiries about the museum.
Commitment: One year, working one 3-hour volunteer shift a month. Volunteer Shifts are available on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 3 pm.