Join our army of passionate volunteers.

There are many rewarding volunteer opportunities to consider at The Westmoreland. We’ll work with you to find a good match for your skills, interests and schedule. We treasure our volunteers as much as we treasure our American art collection, and we look forward to having you here.

For more information, call 724.857.1500 ext 114. Ready to get involved? Fill out our Volunteer Application today.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

ART TEAM – BRIDGING THE GAP VOLUNTEERS – PUBLIC ART PROJECT ON THE N. MAIN STREET BRIDGE

Be a part of art in the making! Volunteers are needed to assist with the Analog Scroll public art project on the North Main Street bridge once a month in the morning for a few hours. Bridging the Gap volunteers will report to Chief Curator and Curatorial Assistant.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH VOLUNTEER at FESTIVALS

Help spread the word about all we do! Throughout the year, the Museum participates in community festivals and other events with a booth space and is in need of volunteers to help serve as ambassadors for the Museum by promoting exhibitions, events and programs to festival attendees. Additionally, at some events, facilitating an art activity and enter-to-win drawing may be involved as part of your responsibilities. This is a fun way to volunteer for the Museum and make an immediate impact. Hours per month will vary depending on event schedule, and Community Outreach Volunteers will report to Director of Marketing and Public Relations.

 

CURATORIAL – RESEARCH & ADMINISTRATIVE VOLUNTEERS

Working in the Curator’s Office is a fulfilling way to learn more about The Westmoreland’s collection. Volunteers assist with ongoing research projects for exhibitions including working in the art library and helping with administrative duties by maintaining artists’ files and handling requests for information. Research & Administrative volunteers will report to Chief Curator and Curatorial Assistant.

 

DOCENTS

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art is seeking volunteer docents to facilitate all K-12 and adult tours of the Museum, provide outreach programming to elementary, middle, high schools and community organizations and to assist with any additional education and public programming, including Teacher Professional Development, as necessary. In this role, the docents serve as facilitators, encouraging students and visitors to take an active role in their learning through visitor centered discussion and hands-on activities. Docents are expected to deliver tours using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and teach through music, visual arts, storytelling, dance/movement, dramatic play and hands on and writing activities.

Docents are expected attend all bi-monthly training sessions, facilitated by the Director of Education and Visitor Engagement and the School Programs Manager, in order to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to facilitate tours. The tour schedule is flexible. Docents are expected to be enthusiastic, energetic, punctual and reliable. They must be comfortable working in a team and independently.  Additionally, they must be comfortable speaking in public spaces to audiences of all ages. Experience in history, art, or teaching while helpful, is not required.

Docents will report to School Programs Manager, Director of Education and Visitor Engagement.

 

GARDEN KEEPER VOLUNTEER

The Garden Keeper at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art is a great way to practice your expertise in gardening and horticulture, enjoy the beauty of the surroundings, and meet new friends. Hours per month: 20+, May – September. The Garden Keeper will report to the Facilities Director. Responsibilities include:

  • Caring for diverse plantings of trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, grasses, annuals, and bulbs
  • Hand watering and monitoring irrigation of plantings,
  • Weeding the garden;
  • Performing seasonal landscape work including planting, pruning, clean-up, bulb planting, dividing and transplanting, leaf removal;
  • General clean-up of garden beds and paths, cleaning-up litter;
  • Staging equipment, supplies, and materials for daily horticulture operations.

 

MUSEUM SHOP ASSOCIATE VOLUNTEER

The Westmoreland Museum Shop features books, posters, stationery, children’s activities, unique gifts, art and jewelry inspired by our collection and American art. Open during all regular Museum hours, the shop is always in need of volunteers. Volunteers will work with the Museum Shop Manager to sign up for specific shifts, helping customers with an enjoyable shopping experience. Hours per week: 4-8hours. Shop Associate volunteers will report to Shop Manager Duties include:

  • Greet customers and visitors enthusiastically
  • Assist with shopping, merchandise selections and questions
  • Have a general knowledge of inventory items to recommend items for purchase
  • Assist in shop for museum events

 

SPECIAL EVENTS VOLUNTEER

Not sure you have time for a large commitment? Working Museum special events might be a good fit! We could use your help with program-related events and monthly Museum events like our Art on Tap happy hours, Community Days and fundraisers. You will work alongside our Director of Visitor Experiences and Events, and Event Staff to create a positive and enjoyable experience for guests. Hours per month: 10-20 hours depending on event schedule. Duties will include:

  • Welcoming and assisting guests into the building
  • Supporting museum staff with guest check in for events
  • Inform guests of event details and provide direction
  • Interacting with guests, responding to needs, requests, or questions

 

STUDIO VOLUNTEER*

At heart, The Westmoreland is an educational organization. We’re deeply passionate about sharing our knowledge of American art. With a strong commitment to community-oriented programming, we offer a unique place to gather and experience American art, proving that an art museum can be the heart of a community.

*You can be a part of our extensive studio programming by becoming a Studio Volunteer. Volunteers are needed to assist studio teachers for Saturday & Sunday studio days, Pop-Up studio evenings and community days. Programs are for both children and adults. If you have a passion for the arts and enjoy hands-on activities, this volunteer opportunity is for you!

Hours per month: 12+ hours, depending on studio programs schedule. Studio Volunteers report to Studio Programs Coordinator and Director of Education & Visitor Engagement.

*Satisfactory verification of PA State Police Criminal Clearance and PA State Child Abuse Clearance required.

 

STUDENT ART TEACHER VOLUNTEER*

Opportunity for a student art teacher to work with the Studio Programs Manager and Director of Education and Visitor Engagement to design and teach studio programs for Sunday studio days (excluding Community Days). The Sunday studio projects are designed to be a walk-in activity for all ages, run from 1-3pm. Volunteer required to be in studio from 12:30pm-3:30pm for set up and clean-up of event. Hours per month: 10 hours.

*Satisfactory verification of PA State Police Criminal Clearance and PA State Child Abuse Clearance required.

 

THE COMMITTEE FOR THE WESTMORELAND
This dedicated group act as ambassadors to the community and raise funds on behalf of the Museum through special events. Members host and plan exciting events including tours of regional art collections at museums and private homes. If you’re looking for a way to make new friends and join a committed volunteer group, then become part of The Committee.