Volunteer

Welcome to the information page for the Fine Arts Museums’ Volunteer Council! Here, you’ll find information about volunteering for the de Young and Legion of Honor including an overview of our various volunteer opportunities, benefits offered, frequently asked questions, and how to get involved.

Ready to join this 300+ group of like-minded art-lovers? Fill out a volunteer application. Prospective volunteers will be contacted if your application meets our needs. Please see our FAQ below for any further questions, or contact us at volunteer@famsf.org or 415.750.3629.

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Opportunities

On the Museum Floor
Volunteers welcome visitors at the Information Desk and Coat Check by providing information including directions, tour & lecture suggestions, transit information, and local tips. There are two floor shifts per day, the morning shift runs from 9 am–1:15 pm and the afternoon shift runs from 1–5:15 pm.

Achenbach Print Study Room
The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts collection contains more than 90,000 works of art on paper including prints, drawings, artist books, and photographs. The Jacqueline and Peter Hoefer Print Study Room is open on Saturdays, 11 am–2:30 pm. Volunteers are on site in the print study room to describe the print processes to patrons and answer questions about printmaking. Fine Art Printmaking experience is required.

Access Program
We’re are committed to offering services that make our collections, exhibitions, and programs accessible to all visitors. Our Access Program is available to patrons with mobility issues, low vision, or those that require ASL translation. Access program volunteers are onsite during Access Days to provide support in various capacities.

Behind the Scenes / Administrative Support
Volunteers provide as-needed support for various departments by assisting with mailing, filing, paperwork, and phone calls, among other duties. Volunteers also gain a behind-the-scenes perspective on how a museum functions.

Flower Committee
The Flower Committee designs and creates artistic fresh-flower arrangements at the de Young and the Legion of Honor. Professional floral experience or floral design degree required.

Gardening and Landscaping
Our teams of volunteer gardeners maintain and nurture the various plants and flowers on  museum grounds.

Special Events and Projects
Volunteers assist with various special events that take place at the Museums, such as the Fair Trade Bazaar and the Holiday Artisan Fair. They perform a variety of duties, including check-in and registration, materials assembly, and hospitality assistance.

Benefits

  • Free admission to the permanent collection and most special exhibitions at both the de Young and the Legion of Honor
  • Access to free lectures, special tours, educational programs, and previews of special exhibitions
  • Discounts at Museum Stores and Cafés
  • Annual appreciation luncheon
  • Insider knowledge about the Museums’ history, operations, and collections
  • Recognition for volunteer service milestones

Volunteering at the de Young and the Legion of Honor promotes literacy in the arts and provides crucial support to the overall operations. Volunteers gain knowledge of art and art history, arts administration, and valuable customer service skills.

FAQ

How do I become a volunteer?
The first step is to fill out an application. You will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator for an interview as openings arise.

Are volunteers required to work at both museums?
Volunteers have the opportunity to work at either museum depending on their preferences and availability.

Where can I put my belongings while I’m working my volunteer shifts?
Volunteers are welcome to check their items at Coat Check at the beginning of their shift.

Do I have to be a certain age to volunteer?
You must be at least 17 years old in order to volunteer.

Is a background in art history or fine arts required?
Extensive academic or museum-related experience is not necessary for most volunteer positions.

What type of time commitment should I expect?
Volunteers work a minimum of two shifts per month for at least six consecutive months. There are two shifts per day, running from 9 am–1:15 pm and 1–5:15 pm. The museums are closed to the public on Mondays, with the exception of scheduled Access Days.

Contact Information
For additional questions, please call 415.750.3629 or e-mail volunteer@famsf.org.