No matter what your interests, skills, or schedule, you can help the Nassau County Museum of Art in fostering a deeper understanding of art and culture through exhibition and education programs for people of all interests and backgrounds. Volunteering at the Museum is a great way to expand your knowledge of art, give back to your community, meet new people, and share your love of the Museum with others.
How Can I Help?
Volunteer opportunities are available in many departments, either with the public or behind the scenes. Volunteers help at our admission desk, with membership recruitment, in the Museum Store, at the Manes Family Art and Education Center and provide administrative support.
How Many Hours Are Needed?
The amount of time a volunteer will work varies with the particular role. Most positions request an average of 3-4 hours one day per week (time to be mutually agreed upon). Volunteer opportunities are available year-round, both weekdays and weekends, in a variety of areas.
Are There Any Prerequisites?
You don’t need to have any special education or an art background. You’ll receive training specific to your assignment. And our volunteers come from all ages.
Will I Receive Any Perks?
You’ll receive benefits like: an invitation to the annual volunteer lunch, special volunteer walks-through of exhibitions, discounts in the Museum Store and on public programs, preferred parking, and free admission to other local cultural institutions.
Careers at NCMA
School & Family Program Educator, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY
The education department at the Nassau County Museum of Art is dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of the arts through an active schedule of exhibitions and educational experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds. Education programs for students, families, and adults are designed to provide our visitors with opportunities to view, discuss, and make visual art through lectures, guided tours, and hands on workshops. NCMA seeks a dynamic, creative, and organized individual to conduct gallery tours for visiting school children and to design and facilitate hands on workshops for family audiences.
This person in this position will report directly to the Director of Education.
- Work in collaboration with education staff to design gallery and studio experiences for students and families through the museum’s school and family programs utilizing the museum’s many resources, including exhibitions on view in the building, works in our sculpture park, formal garden, and diverse eco systems found on museum grounds
- Lead gallery tours for visiting students Pre-K-12 in Museum galleries and on surrounding grounds
- Plan and lead weekend art-making workshops on Saturdays for families with children ages 5 to 12 and their adult companions
- Lead art making activities during holiday and summer programs
- Work in partnership with all museum departments
- Help to conceptualize professional development for the museum educators and teaching artists
- Understand historical and current research in museum education
- Network with peers from museum education departments; expand the museum’s visibility within the community
- Assist with funding proposals and reporting
- Participate in relevant professional development activities to maintain an awareness of current practices and issues in art, art education and museum education
Curriculum Development and Teaching Experience
- Develop family art making experiences connected to exhibitions, including large family weekend events, designed for ages K – 6
- Develop and facilitate inquiry based-gallery discussions and activities using Visual Thinking Strategies or visiting school groups on K – 12
- Design and teach art curriculum for four week long sessions of Summer Art Lab program
- Manage high school and college interns for Summer Art Lab
- Budget, order and manage supplies for art and family programs
- Facilitate all parent and family communication
- Write and develop museum family art making and exhibition based materials
- Co-write and design online gallery guides for exhibitions to be used by high schoolers, colleges and adults for remote learning
- Develop and lead exhibition based professional development for K – 12 teachers
Technology Experience and Virtual Programming Development
- Help to build and update Nassau County Museum of Art WordPress website
- Collaborate with freelance graphic designer to create program flyers
- Conceive of and design family gallery guides
- Film and edit museum exhibition videos
- Film and edit artmaking tutorials, with accompanying differentiated curriculum for virtual summer and after school programs
– Outstanding interpersonal skills
– An acute desire to learn and grow this museum work
– Formal teaching experience with students Pre K- 12 art materials and hands on activities
– Knowledge of child development and familiarity with state learning standards
– Multi lingual a plus
BS/MFA/MA background in museum education, art education, art history, contemporary art, 2+ years teaching experience, including work specifically with families, and/or early childhood and elementary age children; strong organizational and effective communication and writing skills. The successful candidate will have sound knowledge of educational and developmental theory, a passion for classic and contemporary art, experience leading hands-on art making workshops and will be flexible and able to work well in a group.
*Qualifying candidate will be required to lead a short sample tour of their choice in the museum’s galleries to demonstrate presentation skills, pedagogy, and group management techniques.
Salary: Full time position and benefits – Tuesdays – Saturdays 9:00 – 5:00. Some evenings
Application Info: Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume and any recommendations to
Contact Name: Laura Lynch, Director of Education
Contact Email: Llynch@nassaumuseum.org
It is the policy of the Nassau County Museum of Art to provide an environment free from harassment or discrimination in the treatment of individuals with respect to employment or volunteering with the Museum and admission or access to Museum facilities, programs, activities, or in the manner in which they are provided. Consistent with this principle of inclusivity and applicable laws, the Nassau County Museum of Art does not permit harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or partnership status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy, citizenship status, military service or discharge status, arrest record, or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. The Nassau County Museum of Art is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory environment free from intimidation, harassment, or bias based upon these grounds.
Become a Member Today
Members get more! They enjoy a full year of art and culture, with first access to exhibitions, discounts on art classes, education programs and in the Museum Store, and invitations to special events. Join us to attend our lively calendar of inspirational programs and to see the art in the galleries and natural beauty on the grounds change with each season.
Unlimited Free Admission
Changing Exhibitions in two buildings
Invitations to Preview Receptions
Discounts on Art Classes and Workshops
Savings on Lectures, Performances, Seminars and more
Family Art Activities including free Family Sundays
Savings on Unique Items at the Museum Store
Sculpture Park, Nature Trails and Formal Garden