Renwick Gallery Volunteer Opportunity

Exhibition Volunteer Opportunity

Do you have an interest in art and love to work with people? Be an exhibition volunteer at the Renwick Gallery!


The Renwick Gallery is home to the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection of contemporary American craft and decorative art. We are seeking volunteers to assist in our upcoming No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man exhibition scheduled to open March 30, 2018. Volunteers will welcome visitors, monitor exhibition traffic flow, and assist with interactive art installations.

Please note: This notice is for short term volunteers who will assist for a period no longer than 30 days. Volunteer requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in February 2018, applicants will be contacted at that time.


  • Help manage visitor traffic flow throughout galleries

  • Assist visitor engagement with interactive art installations

  • Provide visitors with general information about museum and exhibition

  • Assist in exterior line management as needed

  • Other related duties as assigned


  • Must interact with visitors in a friendly and professional manner

  • Must be able to stand for long periods

  • Must be able to communicate clearly in noisy, crowded conditions

  • Must be at least 18 years old

  • Must read and agree to the Smithsonian Standards of Conduct for Volunteers. All volunteers must submit a signed SD 208 Appendix B form before they may sign up for shifts.


Volunteers must have good communication skills; experience with customer service and an interest in art is desired.

Time Commitments/Requirements:

Must work at least 1 shift March 30, 2018 – January 21, 2019.

Shifts will be 4 hours long from 9:30am – 1:30pm, and 1:15pm – 5:15pm.

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man opens March 30, 2018. The exhibition will close in two phases. The first floor will close September 16, 2018. The second floor will remain on view through January 21, 2019. We will require volunteers the entire exhibition, but will need fewer after the first floor has closed.


Training will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Volunteer Start Time:

Ongoing beginning March 30, 2018.


  • Opportunity to participate in a unique exhibition
  • Opportunity to interact with diverse audiences

To Apply:

Contact Please put “Short Term Volunteer” in the title of all emails. Please indicate your availability for volunteering including dates. Volunteer requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis.