Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are available. Along with having passion for the Taft Museum of Art and its collections, the only prerequisite is that you must be a member.


Become a Volunteer Ambassador!

Are you interested in our current volunteer opportunities and how you can become part of our team of ambassadors? We would love to have you become a volunteer ambassador!  No prior volunteer experience is necessary—just enthusiasm and an avid interest in the activities and programs we offer.

Volunteer Ambassador opportunities include:

  • Special Events (weekends and evenings)
  • Guest and Member Services (weekdays and weekends)
  • Office Assistance (weekdays)
  • Research (weekdays, when positions are available)
  • Internships (weekdays, when positions are available)

Volunteer Ambassadors agree to a commitment of serving at least 6 hours a month.

Volunteer Ambassadors will receive:

  • Training to make volunteers an integral part of one of the Cincinnati area’s most distinguished museums
  • Invitations to educational tours of new exhibitions and other public programs
  • 15% discount in the Museum Store and 10% discount in the Café
  • Recognition at the annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon
  • Free parking during the Ambassador’s shift, as available, in the Museum’s garage
  • Networking opportunities to create new friendships and social contacts
  • A meaningful volunteer experience

Please click here to download the application. Discover different ambassador roles here. Please submit your application and direct any questions to kmcfadden@taftmuseum.org.


Join the Docent Class of 2018!

The Taft Museum of Art is recruiting docents (volunteer Museum guides). Docent trainees meet weekly from January to June 2018. Graduates of training make a commitment to serve as docents for a minimum of three years.

Docents are ambassadors for the Museum and share the slogan “Cincinnati’s Home for Art” to those they encounter. Docents work with those of all ages in a professional manner as gallery guides, tour providers, and teachers of children and young adults in school programs.

Docents further their understanding of art through continuing education by attending regularly scheduled meetings and walk-throughs for special exhibitions, and engaging in local and national docent activities.

Docents develop new tours and work at improving touring techniques, aware of the need to preserve the best of the past while using contemporary trends in touring, such as connecting art with other disciplines.

The Docent is work sixteen (16) hours per month in Museum programs. The sixteen (16) hours must include:

All of the three (3) following activities:

  1. Lead scheduled non-school-based Museum tours.
  2. Participate in curriculum-based school tours.
  3. Serve as gallery guides in their first three (3) years.

In addition, two (2) of the following activities:

  1. Artists Reaching Classrooms
  2. Talks of the Taft Speakers’ Bureau
  3. Memories in the Museum
  4. Weekend and evening events
  5. Leadership on Docent Council
  6. Special program development in coordination with the Learning and Engagement Department
  7. Other educational on-site or outreach programs developed by the Learning and Engagement Department
  8. Fundraising leadership
  9. Assisting Museum staff through special skills or by appointment

Docents are also required to attend monthly docent meetings and any special exhibition walk through trainings.

For questions or to join the 2018 docent class, contact lmorrisette@taftmuseum.org.


Above: Ruaille Buaille (2008) Sculpture in the Parklands, County Offaly, Ireland. Photo: James Farher