helping hands.jpgI want to volunteer at the art museum.

The Riverside Art Museum is a non-profit art museum with a small staff, so we depend on our volunteers to help us serve our community and fulfill our mission.

Museum Volunteer Partners (MVP) Program

Thank you for your interest in our Museum Volunteer Partners (MVP) Program.

Volunteers contribute hundreds of hours each year helping to maintain our historic building, assisting with museum events and activities on- and off-site, lending a hand with general office and data entry, maintaining the museum archive, updating collection files, and more. Volunteers commit themselves to the museum because their work has a meaningful impact and fills them with pride.

We thank you for wanting to become an MVP and continuing the museum's mission-driven work!

Volunteer Positions and Descriptions

Volunteers must be able to work both independently and in a team environment, be detail-oriented, have a positive attitude, commit to our mission-driven work, join us for at least three months, be passionate about art, and enjoy interacting with the public.

Submission periods:

  • Fall (September - December);
  • Winter (January - April);
  • Spring/Summer (May - August).
Submitted applications will be on file for the duration of the submission period you applied in. Based on the museum's need, you will be contacted. You are then welcome to reapply at the beginning of the next submission period if you are still interested in volunteering with us.

Amy Chen - 2016.jpgPositions:

  • Education:
    • Under the direction of the Art Education Director, assist with a variety of tasks concerning Art Education.
    • Based on our need, assist art education instructors during art-making Youth Classes and Workshops, special programs, events, etc.
    • Previous experience assisting children in the classroom is preferred.
    • Positions: General Assistance Volunteer, Education Intern, Community Volunteer
  • General Assistance:
    • Provide support to museum staff with varied tasks.
    • General assistance includes, but is not limited to, assisting with exhibition installation/de-installation, assisting with event set-up and break-down, assisting with general office work, inputting information in our membership database, research, and more.
    • Previous experience working with the public, a desire to learn about the functions of museums, and familiarity with Microsoft Suite is preferred.
    • Positions: General Assistance Volunteer, Community Volunteer, Administrative Volunteer
  • Facility Maintenance:
    • Provide support to our Julia Morgan-designed building by maintaining and enhancing the building, offices, and grounds.
    • Assist with maintaining the interior and exterior grounds of the museum. Emptying trash receptacles, restocking restrooms, managing spills, and ensuring overall appearance of the museum.
    • Previous experience with facilities management preferred.
    • Positions: Facility Maintenance Volunteers
  • Special Events:
    • Provide support during special events, programming, etc., at the museum and off-site.
    • Engage the community through art-making projects during events. Conduct surveys and gather information from those participating in the event or programming. Assist with set-up and break-down, as well as clean-up for the event.
    • Previous experience assisting adults and children with projects, speaking with the public, and the desire to build community is preferred. Bilingual in Spanish is highly desired, but not required.
    • Positions: Special Events Volunteer, Engagement Intern
  • Museum Guide (Docent) NEW OPPORTUNITY!:
    • Under the direction of Visitor Services, Museum Guides will lead conversations with visitors based on our Julia Morgan-designed building, art education, and current museum exhibits during the weekends, First Sundays, and Artswalks.
    • Must be able to meet for training to gain knowledge about current exhibits and tools to engage the public. Assist visitors with questions and other informational needs.
    • Previous experience working with and speaking to the public, and an interest in art and art education is preferred. Bilingual in Spanish is highly desired, but not required.
    • Positions: Museum Guide (Volunteer)
  • Other:
    • Positions: Social Media Intern, Collections Intern, Special Projects Volunteer, Membership Outreach Intern, General Assistance Volunteer, Community Volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out and submit a Volunteer Application.
If you are interested in becoming an intern, please send your resume with a cover letter to If you would like more information on the other intern positions available, please also contact Katie Hernandez at