Interested volunteers must complete the volunteer application process. You are just three easy steps away from one of the most fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities in Indianapolis.
If you have any questions at any point in the process, please email our Manager of Volunteer Services, Chris Morehead.
- Complete the Volunteer Application.
- Once we have received and accepted your application, our Volunteer Services staff will contact you by email with individual or group interview dates.
- Once you have completed an individual or group interview and have been selected to join the IMA Volunteer Team, Volunteer Services staff will give you the dates of upcoming Orientation Sessions. All volunteers receive a copy of our IMA Volunteer Handbook, a badge, a volunteer 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.
Opportunities for volunteering at the IMA are incredibly diverse, which means that you can find the perfect spot for your talents and interests. Download the complete list of Volunteer Opportunities and Descriptions and check out a few of the positions below, which provide an overview of how our volunteers help out at the IMA.
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.
Volunteer Ambassadors serve as roving informational guides and 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. Clear and friendly communication skills are a requirement. Ambassadors must acquire a thorough knowledge of the Museum in order to answer guests’ inquiries, and internet-search skills are useful.
Special Events and Programs
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, answer questions about the Museum, hand out bags, and assist with coat check responsibilities. If you prefer to work behind-the-scenes, special projects include assembling mailings, filing projects and more.
The 530-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.
Opportunities in the Museum Store cover all areas of retail sales and merchandising. Volunteers will assist store employees by working the register, restocking items, taking phone orders, and answering guests’ questions about directions and the Museum. Strong communication skills are preferred, and volunteers must acquire a thorough knowledge of the Museum Store’s stock.
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. Volunteers will assist with fundraising and membership activities with duties such as organizing events and supporting IMA staff with planning and executing activities. There is also an opportunity to join a street team to interact with our community. Feeling comfortable speaking in front of groups and with other businesses is essential. Training sessions are available and will be required for this position.
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.
Activity Space Volunteers
The 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 to visitors, making sure that the public understands the activities that are available in the space. Volunteers will be available to answer general inquiries about the Museum.