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The mission of the Portland Art Museum is to serve the public by providing access to art of enduring quality, educating a diverse audience about art, and by collecting and preserving a wide range of art for the enrichment of present and future generations. If you are interested in helping the Museum achieve this mission by providing much needed volunteerism, the Museum would like to hear from you!

Volunteer working the coat check.

PAM’s energetic and generous volunteers are essential to achieving our goals as a museum. Our volunteers provide exceptional customer service, assist with administrative tasks, provide event support, and more.  Prospective volunteers should be passionate about art, customer service and enjoy interacting with the public. We have Ongoing Volunteer opportunities for people able to make at least a six-month commitment to a weekly schedule. See below for volunteer applications.

Current Volunteers

Volgistics is our volunteer management system. VicNet is the web-based module where you can:

  • Update your contact information
  • Check your schedule
  • Sign up for shifts
  • View your service record

Access your volunteer account

Please contact the Volunteer Department with any questions about Volgistics.

One Day Volunteer Applications

One Day Volunteers assist with events across all departments.
One Day Volunteers are not entitled to compensation or standard volunteer benefits.

There are no One Day Volunteer positions at this time. Please check back soon for future opportunities.

Looking for corporate or group volunteer opportunities? E-mail us!

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

From coat check to gallery attendants, we rely on volunteers to effectively run the museum’s expansive programs. Read below for descriptions of the ongoing volunteer positions at PAM.

Fill out an application for an Ongoing Volunteer opportunity

Your application will be held for three months during which time you will be contacted when an opportunity arises that meets your skills, schedule, and preference. Once contacted, the next step will be to arrange an in-person interview.  Once the interview has taken place, a committed schedule has been agreed to, and you have been accepted into our volunteer program a place will be reserved for you at our next orientation. At orientation volunteers are given a presentation on the policies of the Museum, and introduced to the volunteer program. The length of time between filling out the initial online form and starting to volunteer will vary.

Ongoing Volunteer Position Descriptions

Please note: not all positions listed are available at all times.

Coat Check Clerk
Looking to help where PAM is most in need?  Then as a Coat Check Clerk is where you will thrive!
Ensure that all visitors have a positive and gratifying experience. Greet and welcome guests, check coats, parcels, and umbrellas. Ability to deal positively with the public and manage difficult situations. Requires a kind, professional public presence and customer service skills; ability to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and visitors; ability to stand for 3-hour periods and lift up to 10 pounds, accommodations can be made. Training provided. View the complete description.

Museum Crew Leader
Provide guidance and direction to our volunteer shift groups as they begin their day, and assist in every position floating to help where needed.  Organization, flexibility and management skills are crucial for this active leadership role within our volunteer troupe.  Requires a kind, professional public presence and customer service skills; ability to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and visitors; ability to stand for 3-hour periods, accommodations can be made. Training provided. View the complete description.

Admissions Assistant
Assisting our guests with the admission process and entrance procedures during high volume exhibition season.  Ability to deal positively with the public and manage difficult situations.  Requires comfort using mobile technology; a kind, professional public presence and customer service skills; ability to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and visitors; ability to stand for 3-hour periods, accommodations can be made. Training provided. View the complete description.

Gallery Attendant
Act as a welcoming informative presence in the exhibit and provide guests support with navigation through the museum campus.  Requires a kind, professional public presence and customer service skills; ability to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and visitors; ability to stand for 3-hour periods, accommodations can be made. Training provided. View the complete description.

Greeter
A welcoming, friendly customer service representative who is the first point of contact for all of our guests, provides information and navigation support of the museum campus. Ability to deal positively with the public and manage difficult situations.  Requires a kind, professional public presence; ability to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and visitors; ability to stand for 3-hour periods, accommodations can be made. Training provided. View the complete description.

Museum Event Support
Be the host with the most at museum special events, family programs, members’ previews, and after-hours programs. Greet and navigate guests, check coats and parcels, and assist with art making activities. Requires a kind, professional public presence and customer service skills; ability to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and visitors.  Physical requirements may include standing for extended periods and lifting up to ten pounds. Requires five shifts per year; evenings and weekends. View the complete description.

Rental Sales Gallery
The Rental Sales Gallery is a nonprofit gallery to help promote public awareness of regional artists. The RSG makes art accessible to everyone. Not only does the RSG sell original works by local artists, but also rent them at a fraction of the cost. RSG Volunteers assist the Rental Sales Gallery Staff at the front desk by greeting and orienting visitors to the gallery, helping clients locate artwork and answering their questions, data input, and fielding incoming calls. Requires a kind, professional public presence and customer service skills; ability to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and visitors; and comfort with computer technology. Training provided. Currently only searching for volunteers to fill Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning shifts. View the complete description.

Northwest Film Center
The Northwest Film Center screens over 500 films each year, most of these as part of our regular, year-round programming at the Whitsell Auditorium in the Portland Art Museum.  Our dedicated team of Theater Volunteers are integral to bringing these films to the Portland viewing community.  Theater Volunteers assist the Theater Staff in various duties including attendance tracking, ticket taking, ushering, line management and bag/coat check.  Must be flexible with assignment, and a quick learner.  Requires a warm, professional public presence and customer service orientation; ability to communicate clearly and effectively with staff, volunteers, and visitors. Training provided.