Learn, share, contribute, make a difference!
Make a difference to your community, to the arts, and to yourself. Get involved in the ongoing excitement and growth of the MFA.
Volunteers perform a broad range of functions in a variety of departments across the Museum. From greeting and assisting visitors at public programs and events to database maintenance and/or assistance in clerical/administrative work, volunteers work along-side and in support of staff to further the mission of offering art to everyone.
Each volunteer opportunity is different - with its own unique set of responsibilities and therefore requiring its own unique mix of relevant skills and experience. Many volunteer opportunities do not require an art background; and each department will provide job-specific training to the selected volunteer. Prospective volunteers should be enthusiastic, flexible, and willing to learn new things.
Please read each description carefully before applying for those opportunities which call for the combination of skills, experience, and interest that most closely matches your own.
Internships at the MFA
Learn more about our exciting academic internships, including application procedures and deadlines
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer opportunities are posted on this web site only as departments determine they have need of volunteer help. Therefore, you are encouraged to visit this site often since it can be updated without notice.
Teen Volunteer Opportunities
Unfortunately, we do not offer any teen-specific volunteer opportunities. Teens aged 15-18 are welcome to apply for posted volunteeer opportunities for which they have the required experience, skills and time/schedule availability. Be sure to review the descriptions carefully for the posted schedule, mindful that most volunteer opportunities require availability within normal business hours (i.e. Mon-Fri, 9a-5p) although a few require evening and/or weekend committments.
Also, volunteer opportunities at the Museum of Fine Arts are designed to provide long-term/ongoing support to the operations of the Museum. Therefore, we do not offer short-term volunteer opportunities which accommodate or satisfy the variety of volunteer/intern/service learning/community service requirements of many high schools.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a volunteer at the MFA?
Begin by reviewing the descriptions listed under the Open Volunteer Positions section (see link to the right.) Next complete and submit the online Volunteer Application accessed via the ‘Apply as a Volunteer’ to the left of the listing of opportunities. (To submit a resume, attach it as a Word document to an email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.) You will receive acknowledgement of receipt of your application within four business days. Please note: due to the volume of applications received, only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
How much time is required of volunteers?
While each volunteer opportunity is unique in its work and time requirement, most require a minimum of 3-5 hours per week on a consistent basis for at least nine to twelve months.
Are volunteer required to attend an orientation?
Museum policy requires that all new volunteers attend an orientation before beginning their work-specific training and before receiving their ID/security badge. Orientations are held on the first Wednesday of each month: volunteers should plan to attend either a 10am or 6pm session on the first Wednesday of the month. Confirmation and directions for arrival at the orientation are emailed approximately one week in advance.
What are the benefits of volunteering at the MFA?
- Participation in an exciting and dynamic atmosphere
- Discounts related to various dining, retail, and museum programs at the MFA
- Admission to select greater-Boston cultural institutions
How do I become a docent (tour guide?)
The MFA has several opportunities for offering guided tours, including: MFA Associates; Gallery Instructors; Weekend Guides; and Access Guides. Each group recruits new members as needed basis every two years by posting a descriptions on the Open Volunteer Positions page of the website. (Note, applications are accepted only when descriptions are posted.) All groups are trained by professional museum educators and have very intenses training schedules which require 7-15 hours per week for 3-4 months. (Additionally, the MFA Associates and Gallery Instructors each require additional time commitments for ongoing enrichment and/or ambassador type work once the training period ends.)
Expected recruiting schedules for each group are as follows:
- MFA Associates: daily public tours plus fund raising and ambassador events (Currently recruiting; click here to see description)
- Gallery Instructors: daily school group tours (Next recruitment: early 2018)
- Weekend Guides: public tours on weekend days (Next recruitment: early 2019)
- Access Guides: tours for visitors with various disabilities (e.g. blind, deaf, Autism, etc) (Next recruitment: as necessary based on program volume/needs.)
Anyone interested in becoming a guide should also complete and submit the online volunteer application at the appropriate time.