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Volunteer Opportunities

A CRMA volunteer helps a young visitor with an art project during Family Fun Day.

If you are interested in participating in exciting exhibitions, noteworthy programs and sensational special events, then the Museum wants you!  Volunteers at the CRMA may assist in a variety of activities. If you like meeting new people, enjoy having fun while learning and sharing, and want to become a part of the contemporary art scene, then we’d like to talk to you! Our volunteers are the backbone of the Museum and are greatly appreciated for all that they contribute.  Described below are a number of volunteer opportunities.

Visitor Services Department Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for friendly, outgoing people to join our Visitor Services team.  Positions are available at the Museum information desk, the Grant Wood Studio and in the Museum Store.

Information Desk Volunteer

As an information desk volunteer, you will represent the Museum and interact and greet visitors to the Museum. Responsibilities include admission sales using our Point of Sale system, answering guest questions, answering telephones and stocking and organizing brochures. You will help track visitor requests, questions, and comments to aid the Department of Visitor Services. The information desk volunteer maintains a thorough knowledge of exhibitions, education programs, and other public offerings available at CRMA. Positions are available at both the Museum and the Grant Wood Studio.

Required Skills

Excellent communication and problem solving skills, a friendly and welcoming attitude, and able to work well with others. Be comfortable interacting with visitors of all ages and have the ability to be proactive with seeking out visitor contact.  Use a variety of information resources to learn about Museum activities.

Schedule/Time Requirements

Daily, year-round. Closed Monday, holidays. Shift: four hours

Weekday volunteers:  Once per week; Weekend volunteers; twice per month.  For more information about this opportunity contact Lou Wendel, Visitor Services and Store Manager, at 319.366.7503 ext. 211 or lwendel@crma.org.

Museum Store Volunteers

As a Museum Store volunteer you’ll work with staff helping to create a great retail experience by providing excellent customer service. You’ll learn to work the computerized cash register and how to speak with visitors about the merchandise. In the store we pride ourselves in creating engaging and friendly guest experiences through the products that we sell. Volunteering in the store can be a lot of fun as you get to interact with visitors from around the world, learn and share about the Museum, explore new products and artists in the store, and contribute to the financial support of the Museum.

Required Skills

You will learn the Point of Sale system, assist guests on the sales floor by answering questions and suggesting products. A warm, outgoing, and enthusiastic attitude with clear verbal communication skills is an asset.

Schedule/Time Requirements

Daily, year-round. Closed Mondays and holidays. Shift: four hours.

Weekday volunteers: once per week; Weekend volunteers: twice per month. For more information about this opportunity contact Lou Wendel, Visitor Services and Store Manger at 319.366.7503 ext. 211 or lwendel@crma.org


Facilities Department Volunteer Opportunities



Facilities Assistant

Work alongside the Facilities Manager to maintain a 63,000+ square foot Museum facility and the nearby Grant Wood Studio. You may select an opportunity based on your interests and abilities.  Opportunities include the setup and take-down of tables and chairs for Museum special events and programs, vacuuming and sweeping, maintaining grounds by watering plants and weeding, organizing facilities supplies, and assisting the Facilities Manager while he performs light duty routine facilities maintenance.  



Required Skills

This is an excellent opportunity for retired facilities personnel, someone who likes to be outdoors tending gardens, and college interns interested in building a resume. The individual must be in good general health, able to work independently as required, and have a strong work ethic.

Schedule/Time Requirements

Daily, year-round.  Shift: Two hours per week with flexible scheduling. For more information about this opportunity contact Carlis Faurot, Facility Manager, at 319.366.7503 ext. 205 or cfaurot@crma.org.


Development Department Volunteer Opportunities

Special Event Volunteers

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art is looking for volunteers who enjoy working behind the scenes on a variety of special events.  Do you enjoy working to put on fabulous events and/or interacting with people?  Then we have a spot for you to volunteer!

Volunteers are needed at events such as opening receptions, fundraising events, donor receptions, and special programs.

Required Skills

Volunteers should be friendly, welcoming, have excellent communication skills, be comfortable interacting with visitors and able to work well with other volunteers. 

Schedule/Time Requirements

Exhibition openings are three times per year, fundraising events twice per year, donor receptions twice per year and other events as may be scheduled. Schedule TBD and usually involves evenings and weekends.  For more information about this opportunity contact Joanne Wzontek, Director of Development, at 319.366.7503 ext. 207 or at jwzontek@crma.org.


Education Department Volunteer Opportunities

Work with Education Director to help educate the public about all aspects of art. We serve a variety of age-ranges and groups through our programs, and need enthusiastic, reliable volunteers to help us make them happen. 

Docents

Tour guides lead groups of children and adults through the CRMA’s galleries and Grant Wood Studio. Docents discuss the artwork and artists included in our temporary and permanent exhibitions. No experience necessary; the CRMA provides ongoing training as exhibitions change. Middle school children, teens, and adults will be accepted for this opportunity.

Schedule/Time Commitments:

Being a docent requires a 12-month commitment, which includes attending docent meetings on one Monday morning per month, in addition to committing to working at least 20 hours over that 12-month period. Volunteer docents will be subject to a criminal background check. 

Volunteer Instructors

Art Labs: Art-making mini-classes for young students. Volunteers will be trained to introduce the topic and lead an art-making activity, which sometimes includes reading a picture book aloud for the younger children. Art Labs are designed to be completed in 45 minutes, and can occur at the CRMA or off-site. Instructors must have some teaching experience with children and will be subject to a criminal background check. Simple training is required, and will be provided by CRMA staff.

Art-making classes for middle-school and high-school students: These range from career days at schools, where the instructor talks about the careers in an art museum like ours, to more advanced art-making activities. These typically occur off-site at schools. Instructors must have some teaching experience with children and will be subject to a criminal background check. Simple training is required, and will be provided by CRMA staff.

Adults with disabilities: Similar to the art-making classes for students, varying with the participants’ ability levels. Instructors must have experience with this demographic, or be available for training. 

Adult programming: These are typically lecture-style presentations, and are almost always located off-site. These can be tailored to the speaker’s areas of interest/expertise. So if you have a topic in which you’re well-versed, and you enjoy public speaking, this is a great fit for you. 

Education Department Assistants: Prep materials for classes/events, clerical tasks, organizing, and, if interested, develop lesson plans and activities. No experience or special skills required.

Education Event Facilitators: These volunteers help with simple activities for kids & families, under the direction of the event’s instructors. No experience required. 

Schedule/Time Commitments

TBD:  Year-round opportunities to include weekdays, evenings and weekends.  For more detailed information about these opportunities contact Erin Thomas, Education Director, at 319.366.7503 ext. 203 or at ethomas@crma.org


Curatorial Department Volunteer Opportunities

Curatorial Internships

The goal of this internship is to help individuals interested in embarking on museum careers by providing experience in the curatorial field.  Interns work closely alongside the curator and provide support for upcoming exhibitions. Intern applicants should have strong research and writing skills.  The Museum will work with your academic advisor if a volunteer intern can gain credit hours for a project. Curatorial internships are highly selective and availability is limited due to the nature and responsibilities of the position. 

Schedule/Time Commitments

TBD.  This is a part-time, year-round opportunity with flexible scheduling.  Contact Kate Kunau, Associate Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, at 319.366.7503 x 202 or kkunau@crma.org for more information.

Registrar Volunteer

There are a wide range of duties, particularly focusing on cataloging artwork when acquired or received on loan, organizing and filing information about the Museum’s permanent collections from the archives, and performing data entry functions.

Required Skills

Individuals must be well organized, able to work independently, and be reliable and consistent in their work habits. Prior knowledge of art, art history, and museum studies is helpful.  Registrar internships are highly selective and availability is limited due to the nature and responsibilities of the position.

Schedule/Time Commitments

TBD.  This is a part-time, year-round opportunity with flexible scheduling.  Contact Jaci Falco-Smith, Registrar, at 319.366.7503 x 20201 or jfalco@crma.org for more information. 

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