Portland Art Museum

Posted June 17, 2019

Employment Type Volunteer

Compensation Unpaid

Company Portland Art Museum

Location 1219 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205



The Portland Art Museum (PAM) strives to be an inclusive institution that facilitates respectful dialogue, debate, and the free exchange of ideas.  With a deep commitment to artists – past and present – and freedom of expression, the Museum and Northwest Film Center’s collections, programs and staff aspire to reveal the beauty and complexities of the world, and create a deeper understanding of our shared humanity.  We are a Museum for all, inviting everyone to connect with art through their own experiences, voices, and personal journeys.  The Northwest Film Center (NWFC), a sister organization to the Museum, is a regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation, and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence, and to help create a climate in which they may flourish. PAM and the NWFC are committed to advancing equity and inclusion by creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. We will continue learning as we work to evolve as an Institution, recognizing that this journey has no end and our commitment must remain. We have an active equity team currently engaged in a year-long journey to examine our internal culture and the work we do through an equity lens. We look forward to having all colleagues join and contribute to this important work. Learn more at  

PAM and the NWFC are equal opportunity employers, committed to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political belief,  disability or any other legally protected status.  We are committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, PAM and the NWFC will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the application, interview, and hiring process. Alternative formats of this application are available upon request. If reasonable accommodation or an alternative form of this application are needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Human Resources at or 503.276.4358.  

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Are you a person who likes to engage in creative, dynamic conversations with learners of all ages?  Are you interested in making art come alive for all visitors, and building connections across our local community?

The Portland Art Museum is looking for new volunteers to join the Museum’s Docent Program.  This group of over 100 dedicated individuals facilitates creative and engaging experiences in the Museum’s galleries for K-12 students, families, and visitors of all ages. Docents are part of a thriving volunteer and staff community here at the Portland Art Museum.

Ideal candidates are enthusiastic, flexible, creative, collaborative, and have a strong interest in facilitating inclusive, dialogue-based learning with students and visitors.  People of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Art history knowledge or teaching experience is not required.  If you have language skills, especially Spanish and ASL, we encourage you to join us!

Details about training and time commitment:

1. Individuals selected to join this new class of volunteer docents will meet regularly on Mondays from 9:30am-1:30pm, beginning in September 2019 and continuing through May 2020.  During Monday training sessions, new docents will learn about and practice teaching techniques and ways to engage visitors. Docents become familiar with art across the Museum’s collection and a diverse range of special exhibitions.  Trainings are led by museum staff, docents, curators, artists, and selected guest speakers. During spring 2020, new docents will collaboratively plan and begin leading their first tours in the museum’s galleries.

2. After completing their training, new docents will be expected to be available to facilitate K-12 and college school tours during the mornings Tuesday-Friday from September through mid- June.  Additional public and group tours are offered throughout the week and on weekends. Docents are also expected to continue attending Monday morning training sessions, 9:30-11:30am, from September through mid-June, and facilitate tours for multiple years after their initial training ends.

For more information, or if you have questions, please visit or contact Amy Gray,


Applications need to be submitted no later than July 22, 2019.

Only complete applications will be considered. We will interview selected applicants during the weeks of August 5th and August 12th at the Museum.

Thank you very much for your interest in becoming part of the Portland Art Museum’s Docent Program.  We hope to hear from you soon!


  • Facilitate inclusive, dialogue-based tours
  • Be a community builder for the museum, welcoming and supporting museum visitors
  • Support the learning and development of docent peers
  • Engage in youth development best practices

  • Experience working with youth (ages 7-12) and/or teens (ages 13-18) highly desirable.
  • Spanish, ASL, or other language skills besides English desirable
  • Willing to volunteer during weekdays, particularly weekday mornings
  • Team player and creative problem-solver
  • Willing to lead tour groups in conversation and learning moments
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion and its place in the museum
  • Consistent access to internet and an active email address

  • The position is eligible for a variety of perks such as free Museum admission, Gift Shop discounts, and screenings at the NW Film Center. Please see our website for more details.