Volunteer Opportunities

Teen Volunteers

Boise Art Museum offers several volunteer opportunities for teenagers 14 – 19 years of age. This is a great way to fulfill community service requirements and to learn more about art.

  • Teen Volunteers assist with classes and camps for children during the summer.
  • The Teen Advisory Committee is for students 14-19 years of age who are interested in developing leadership skills and learning more about careers in art and museums while fulfilling community service requirements. Teen Advisory Committee members help organize Teen Night and volunteer at family and public programs.

WHAT IS THE TEEN CORPS?

Boise Art Museum’s Teen Corps is comprised of teens from around the Treasure Valley who are interested in art, who enjoy volunteering, and who want to participate in programs for all ages at BAM. Teen Corps members participate in monthly meetings with Education Department staff, help organize and set-up Teen Night, assist with children’s classes, camps and family programs, and help with special events at BAM.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Teens between the ages of 14 and 19 years old who agree to participate in monthly meetings and events.

WHAT SKILLS DO MEMBERS GAIN?

Teen Corps members gain valuable leadership experience, work alongside professional Museum staff and learn more about visual art, education, museums and non-profit organizations.

ARE THERE ANY REQUIREMENTS?

Teen Corps members play an important volunteer role in BAM’s Education Department and must fulfill a specific set of requirements to be considered a member of the corps. These requirements for participation in the Teen Corps are listed below.

WHAT IF I JUST WANT TO VOLUNTEER FOR THE SUMMER?

Teen Volunteers are an important part of BAM’s summer schedule of camps and classes for children. Teens can volunteer for summer programs by attending a summer orientation session in June and committing to a week-long schedule. Priority in the summer volunteer schedule is given to Teen Corps members, due to their familiarity with BAM’s programs and procedures.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE TEEN CORPS

  • Commit to attend monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., October through May.
  • Participate in select programs for children, families, teens, and special events.
  • Arrive on time for all meetings, programs, and other committee events.
  • Respond to e-mail communication from the Education Department to RSVP for meetings and sign-up for volunteer opportunities.
  • Contact the Education Department in advance if unable to fulfill a volunteer commitment.
  • Act responsibly and follow the guidelines of appropriate museum behavior.
  • Follow the directions of the Education Department and staff during volunteer activities.
  • Help the Boise Art Museum provide an environment for children and visitors that is both safe and fun.

To apply for summer volunteering or to apply to the Teen Corps, please complete and submit the following form to rebecca@boiseartmuseum.org or mail in your completed form to:

Volunteer Opportunities
Boise Art Museum
670 Julia Davis Dr
Boise, ID 83702

Teen Volunteer Application

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Special Events Volunteers

Special Events volunteers assist at both of BAM’s two main fundraising events each year; the BAM Gala (taking place each year in March) and Art in the Park (taking place each year on the weekend after Labor Day in September).  Special Events Volunteer duties include:

  • Event set-up
  • Greeting event attendees, handing out literature, coat check
  • Directing visitors, answering questions, guiding guests throughout the event
  • Accounting and administrative (Art in the Park only)
  • Wine service (Gala only)
  • Event clean-up and break-down

Special Events volunteers are typically needed on weekends and outside of normal business hours.  To apply to be a Special Events volunteer, please complete and submit the following form to rebecca@boiseartmuseum.org or mail in your completed form to:

Volunteer Opportunities
Boise Art Museum
670 Julia Davis Dr
Boise, ID 83702

BAM Volunteer application

BAM Docents

BAM docents are volunteers in the Museum’s Education Department who introduce visitors of all ages to art and enhance their experiences through a variety of programming. Docents participate in initial customized training and attend on-going training sessions throughout the year.

Docent training sessions cover specific information about BAM’s collections and exhibitions, as well as museum philosophies, best practices, teaching methods, and tour techniques. BAM’s active docent training program engages volunteers in the learning process and cultivates knowledgeable, experienced volunteers.

WHICH DOCENT PROGRAM IS THE BEST FIT?

BAM’s Docent Program offers three areas of service. Each program requires specific time commitments and serves a distinct part of BAM’s diverse audience. All docent training sessions are held on Mondays from 9:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m.

  • Ambassador Docents facilitate the public’s initial interaction with BAM as they answer questions and share information about current exhibitions during open hours and special events. Ambassador Docents are required to fill a minimum of two shifts per month.
  • Program Docents share information about BAM’s collections and exhibitions with visitors during monthly programs. Program Docents must complete a minimum of two programs per month.
  • School Tour Docents support BAM’s Free School Tour Program by providing guided tours for pre-school, elementary, junior high, and high school students. School Tour Docents must complete at least four tours per month.

To apply for the BAM Docent program, please complete and submit the following form to rebecca@boiseartmuseum.org or mail in your completed form to:

Volunteer Opportunities
Boise Art Museum
670 Julia Davis Dr
Boise, ID 83702

BAM Volunteer application

BAM Docent Program Overview