Chazen Museum of Art

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at the ChazenTop

The Chazen relies on the many talents of great volunteers to help with its operations and programs. Opportunities include assisting with events and community outreach, education, curatorial, visitor services, and administration. Please read about some of the opportunities and fill out our online volunteer interest form. Be sure to list any relevant skills or interests you have.

Public Events
Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen assistants attend Sunday classical music concerts broadcast by Wisconsin Public Radio. Concerts run from September through mid-May. Assistants help with set-up, ushering, and refreshments, and can attend all or part of the concert between their volunteer functions. No previous experience is necessary. Volunteers should be willing to interact with the public and have a friendly and professional presence to represent the museum.

Special event ambassadors assist at special events such as exhibition openings and special concerts. Tasks include event set up and break down, greeting and counting visitors, answering questions and promoting museum programs and membership. Volunteers should have good communication skills, an interest in working with the public, and a friendly, outgoing demeanor.

Curatorial Project Support
The volunteer curatorial assistant will provide assistance on projects related to the permanent collection and exhibitions. A background in art history is required and knowledge of one or more foreign languages is desirable.

There are occasional opportunities for volunteers to assist with administrative projects, membership activities in support of fundraising and community relations, and surveying visitors and members. Individuals with skills in translating foreign languages and other research areas may be able to work on short-term projects at the museum.

If you would like to volunteer for the Chazen, please call (608) 263-2246 for more information.

Docents are the Chazen’s volunteer tour guides. Please visit the Docent Program page to find out more about this rewarding commitment to the museum.

Volunteer OpportunitiesTop

We continually accept volunteer applications, please call (608) 263-2246 for more information or fill out our volunteer form.

We sometimes recruit volunteers for a specific occasion; these opportunities will be listed below when available.

Museum Shop Assistant – Volunteer Position

The Chazen Museum Shop seeks volunteers that are passionate about art and love interacting with people to dedicate their time.  The Museum Shop serves as a main point of contact between the Museum and its patrons and is dedicated to enhancing the visitor experience while providing a revenue source to support the Museum’s exhibitions and programming. Museum Shop Assistants are responsible for creating a welcoming atmosphere and furthering the mission of the Museum by providing meaningful connections between art and items in the shop. Assistants are also responsible for answering questions relating to the Museum, its collections, and its public programming.

Location: Chazen Museum Shop, 750 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706

Job Duties:

  • Greet and serve customers, provide general museum information
  • Perform cash register functions including sales, returns, and exchanges
  • Receive, stock and inventory incoming product
  • Build and maintain visually appealing merchandise displays
  • Maintain neat and clean shop environment

Skills and Personal Characteristics

  • Ability to lift 25 pounds
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to multi-task and stay calm in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to be consistently gracious and attentive to museum guests
  • Mission-focused and highly motivated
  • Ability to be punctual and reliable
  • Comfortable using a computer and ability to learn a point of sale software system
  • Basic math skills and cash handling knowledge

Time Requirement
Volunteers will be required to work one four hour shift every two weeks for a minimum of 6 months. Shifts available are Tuesday through Friday from 9 am – 1 pm or 1 pm – 5 pm.

To apply: Fill out a volunteer application and send to Heather Groff, Museum Store Manager, at

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