Volunteer

Volunteering at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens supports arts and education in the community. Volunteers engage and inspire patrons while enriching their own lives. Volunteers also help behind the scenes by assisting Cummer Museum staff with assignments that range from research and cataloging to clerical work. Through volunteer service, individuals gain valuable experience as well as receive free parking, free admission, a monthly email of the calendar of events, and exposure to Northeast Florida’s largest museum. The contribution of Volunteers is essential to the health and vitality of the Cummer Museum.

 

ADULT VOLUNTEERS

Adult Volunteers are asked to dedicate a minimum of four hours a month on a flexible schedule to the Museum. Volunteers engage Members and guests by assisting with exhibitions and special events, and communicating and interacting with a diverse audience. Behind-the-scenes adult Volunteers assist Museum staff with administrative and clerical tasks as well as educational preparation. Computer skills are welcomed, but not required. Adult Volunteers receive free parking and admission, as well as the benefit of connecting with likeminded individuals. If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer, please contact Member Relations Officer Wendy Mayle at 904.899.6007 or wmayle@cummermuseum.org.

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TEEN VOLUNTEERS

Teens must be at least 16 years of age and available to commit to four hours a month. Teens assist Museum staff and patrons in a variety of areas, including Weaver First Saturday, Florida Blue Free Tuesday, and educational preparation. By volunteering hours at the Cummer Museum, teens gain valuable customer service skills as well exposure to arts, gardens, and educational opportunities. 

Applications will be accepted starting January 2018.

 

COLLEGE VOLUNTEERS

College students seeking service hours, either for credit or otherwise, are asked to send an email to Volunteer Services (volunteer@cummermuseum.org), including the number of hours required, date service hours must be completed, and any other specific requests proposed by the college or university.

New college Volunteers will be accepted to the best of the Museum’s ability, based on the upcoming schedule and availability of existing Volunteers. If you wish to apply for a Volunteer position at the Cummer Museum, please send a small statement of intent and your availability to volunteer@cummermuseum.org. Potential Volunteers will be notified within two weeks of receiving the email.

 

VOLUNTEER GROUPS

The Cummer Museum can accommodate groups of volunteers that range in size from 5 to 25 individuals. Activities for team-building, community engagement, and give-back projects throughout the year are organized to enhance the Volunteer experience. Dates for these activities are scheduled in advance to allow ample time to welcome your group. We are particularly looking forward to accepting groups of Volunteers for our Garden Month Kickoff event during the first weekend of March, and Weaver First Saturdays that occur the first Saturday of every month. Please submit all information to Volunteer Services: volunteer@cummermuseum.org.

 

DOCENTS

The Docent Corps is an integral part of the Cummer Museum. Docents are dynamic, dedicated Museum volunteers with diverse backgrounds, who lead tours of the Permanent Collection and Temporary Exhibitions for school-aged children and adults. No previous teaching or art history experience is required as Docents attend monthly training sessions with Museum staff in order to learn about school tours, the history of the Cummer family, the Permanent Collection, and Gardens. Once training is completed, Docents make a weekly commitment of their time that makes the Museum’s tour programs possible. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Docent Corps, please contact Jeanene Watters at 904.899.6003 or jwatters@cummermuseum.org.

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JUNIOR DOCENTS

This program enables middle and high school students to learn about the Collection through research, hands-on exploration, and group discussion, allowing them to share their knowledge with visitors through discussion and demonstration. These bright young adults are some of the Museum's most important Volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Junior Docent Corps, please contact Karl Boecklen at 904.899.6005 or kboecklen@cummermuseum.org.

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Sponsors: Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts, Inc., Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Inc., City of Jacksonville

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Cummer Museum’s Internship program is based on the following criteria and standards: Applicants should be in their Junior or Senior year of college, recent college graduates, or pursuing a graduate degree; Interns are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer terms; while most internships are unpaid, we are  happy to help students receive credit; internships are a minimum of 12 weeks; interns must be available to work a minimum of 12 hours per week during the academic year and 20 hours per week during the summer. Applicants should possess basic computer skills, excellent organizational skills, and attention to detail; excellent research and written/oral communication skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. 

Materials should be received no later than August 1 (fall semester), November 15 (spring semester), and March 15 (summer semester).

Advancement Intern

The purpose of this internship is to provide students with hands-on experience in donor development and fundraising for an art museum. This internship will offer the student an opportunity to do professional-level work under supervision in areas such as: drafting donor contribution acknowledgement letters and donor reports, corporate giving research and reporting, Altru database management and reporting, and grant research, reporting, and editing.

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Archival Intern

The purpose of this internship is to provide students with hands-on experience with cataloguing the Museum’s institutional archives. This internship will offer the student an opportunity to do professional-level work where the student will be responsible for creating records, summarizing and implementing keyword searches, and proper handling and storage of archival documents.

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Curatorial Intern

The purpose of this internship is to provide students with hands-on experience with museum registration and curatorial research. This internship will offer the student an opportunity to do professional-level work under supervision in areas such as: art handling, inventory procedures, exhibition installation, condition reporting, label writing, and research.

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Education Intern

The purpose of this internship is to provide assistance with the Department’s daily Education programs while obtaining a basic understanding of Museum Education. This internship will culminate with a capstone project that involves creating an interpretative tool for the Museum’s Permanent Collection or Gardens.

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Education Summer Intern

The purpose of this internship is to provide assistance in art instruction for Camp Cummer. Responsibilities include managing elementary and middle school students, instructing art projects in the studios, and conducting activities in the Galleries and Gardens.

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Marketing Intern

The purpose of this internship is to provide students with hands-on experience in marketing and public relations for an art museum. This internship will offer students the opportunity to do professional-level work under supervision in such areas as writing, website maintenance, media auditing, media relations, special events, and executing marketing and advertising campaigns.

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Outreach and Assessment Intern

The purpose of this internship is to provide assistance with administering assessment tests and compiling responses for the Weaver Academy of Art, the garden-based learning initiative program, and the Visitor Experience Masterplan. Additionally, the intern will assist with instruction during Outreach sessions and school tours.

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VSA VOLUNTEER

The 2017 Very Special Arts Festival takes place Tuesday, May 2 through Friday, May 5. The Festival serves nearly 2,400 students, teachers, and guardians. To properly serve this number of students, the Museum needs 1,300 volunteers to help staff Art Stops, hands-on activities throughout the Galleries, and to guide groups of students through the Museum. Each day will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m., with a short break during the Festival times. Volunteers are invited to stay for a free lunch at the conclusion of the day’s events. For further information, please read VSA Volunteer Information. Please sign-up to volunteer by April 14, 2017. If you have any further questions or are unable to sign-up by April 14, please email education@cummermuseum.org or call 904.355.0630. Thank you!

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