The Volunteer Organization of the Metropolitan Museum recruits and trains volunteers for the Museum's Guided Tour Programs, designed to serve the needs and interests of our diverse visitors, from elementary school children to adults. No prior art history background or work experience is required to volunteer; however, those wishing to volunteer in the Guided Tour Programs should be comfortable working and communicating with the public. Volunteers for these positions undergo extensive, rigorous training to achieve the highest standards of content and presentation.
We will only be accepting applications for the weekend Guided Tour Program and the weekday International Guided Tour Program. Applicants for either of these programs must be available to train during the 2016–17 weekend training program described below. Those interested in applying for our School Tour Programs or the weekday Guided Tour Program for adults may do so beginning in fall 2016 for the 2017–18 training program.
All accepted applicants for Guided Tour and International Guided Tour Programs are required to attend a yearlong training course concentrating on the history of art as it applies to the Museum's collection, as well as on presentation skills and research techniques. Training classes are held on Friday evenings, with some additional Saturday sessions. After the initial training year, mandatory ongoing training continues during the academic year. Volunteers are responsible for extensive research and preparation for their weekly tours. Volunteering in the Museum's Guided Tour Programs requires a high degree of motivation and dedication, and a minimum commitment of at least three years. The experience is highly rewarding.
Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to follow volunteer-led guided tours before applying.
Please read the following program descriptions to determine to which program you would like to apply.
Guided Tour Programs for Adults 2016–17
Weekend Guided Highlights Tours
Volunteers in this program conduct regularly scheduled Highlights Tours designed to give visitors a general introduction to the Museum's collection. These tours are given in English and on weekdays in nine other languages (see International Guided Tours below).
Weekday International Guided Tours
International Guided Tours are designed to introduce international visitors to the Museum's collection. These tours are offered in nine languages: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Candidates for this program must be proficient in English in addition to the language in which they will be conducting tours. All training is conducted in English.
Applications and Inquiries
If your application is accepted, we will notify you by June 2016.
Note: The Volunteer Organization does not accept applications from high school or college students. Tristate-area high school students are eligible to apply for a paid internship. Several internships are offered for college and graduate students. We regret that there may not be opportunities for all qualified candidates.
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