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GFS Volunteer Login

Volunteering at Grounds For Sculpture!

  • Do you love meeting new people and enjoy sharing your love of GFS?
  • Do you want to volunteer but need flexible scheduling?
  • Are you only available on weekends? No problem!

Volunteers play a vital role in all facets of our operation and create a warm and friendly atmosphere for our visitors. Grounds For Sculpture offers a range of volunteer opportunities for people with a variety of interests, schedules, and skills. On-line scheduling makes choosing the best opportunity easy!

Volunteers are required to give at least 50 hours of service per calendar year.

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
  • Volunteers should have access to email and the internet.
  • Volunteers should be flexible and willing to assist where the need is greatest.
  • Volunteers are expected to attend in-service training that is offered throughout the year.

Our Docent Program allows GFS to provide guided group tours to visiting schools and organizations as well as Walk-In tours for the public. Our recent award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services strengthened our docent program and increased the number of guided tours available to our visitors.  Our next New Docent Training class  will be offered in late winter or early spring 2016. It will be led by talented instructors, staff, and professional artists, these energetic and engaging sessions will prepare new docents for guiding tours.

On completion of the Docent Training Classes, docents are expected to provide at least 20 tours and 10 service hours per calendar year.

But why wait until then? Start having fun now! By volunteering now, you can begin learning about GFS and building Service Hours. With that experience, you will go into Docent Training with a strong foundation of just what volunteering with GFS really means.

Education Volunteers assist at workshops for adults, families, and children by helping the instructor with the distribution of supplies, providing activity support and clean-up assistance.

Performing Arts Volunteers help with event ticket collection, provide seating assistance, and assist with the artist’s merchandise table. These volunteers also assist Grounds For Sculpture staff with all-day events in the park such as “Day at the Fair” and “Artists in Action”.  At these events, volunteer opportunities include greeting guests, giving directions, or helping with a planned activity.

Guest Services Volunteers assist at the INFO Desk at the Welcome Center or the Guest Services Desks in the Welcome Center and Domestic Arts Building. For all of these locations, volunteers are specially trained to answer guests’ questions about GFS, give directions, and answer phones. 

Gallery Guides assist staff in the indoor galleries in the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts, Museum and Domestic Arts Buildings. They have attended seasonal exhibit trainings and share information with guests regarding the changing exhibits while looking out for the welfare of the artwork.

Park Guides are very knowledgeable about the 42 acres making up the outdoor space at GFS. They provide a valuable “presence in the park” by answering guests’ questions, giving directions, and providing guidance with the Site Map while assuring the safety of our guests and the outdoor sculpture.

Horticulture Volunteers assist the Horticulture staff with basic upkeep of the gardens that make GFS so special. These are seasonal, daytime positions available Tuesday-Friday, April through October.

Volunteer Community Marketers “adopt” locations in their community that wish to display GFS brochures. They monitor these locations, and maintain the displays monthly.  

Members’ Lounge Volunteers are a welcoming presence for GFS Members to the Members’ Lounge. They scan membership cards and assist with simple tidiness of the space.

Special Projects are opportunities that arise in a busy, thriving, growing museum. Volunteers interested in helping with these short term projects may have the opportunity to assist with mailings, organizing photo files, screening videos, or representing GFS at a community event. The variety is endless!

If you are interested in knowing more about the Volunteer Program at Grounds For Sculpture, contact our Manager, Volunteer Services at (609) 586-0616, ext. 247 or via email nschomburg@groundsforsculpture.org

If you are ready to apply to become a Grounds For Sculpture Volunteer, submit your application online:

Apply Online to Become a Volunteer

You can also print a version that you can mail to:

Manager, Volunteer Services
Grounds For Sculpture
80 Sculptors Way
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Download the Volunteer Application Form to Print & Mail

Business & Corporate Volunteer Opportunities

Grounds For Sculpture is excited to offer short term volunteer opportunities for their Corporate Members. We believe volunteering together in an inspirational, healthy environment strengthens teamwork skills and creates lasting memories for coworkers, while supporting the non-profit sector.

By choosing to become a Corporate Member of GFS, your company has already made a commitment to support our organization. Volunteering with us will only strengthen that relationship.

Grounds For Sculpture is pleased to offer several volunteer opportunities for groups of 6-20 people. 

For more information, please contact Gayle Freeman Moore at (609) 249-0206 or gmoore@groundsforsculpture.org.

Here’s an overview of the opportunities available:

I. Facility Volunteering

Horticulture  Volunteers work under the direction of the GFS Horticulturist, and tasks vary by season and weather may include:

  •  Deadheading roses or annuals
  •  Assist in greenhouse or chef’s garden
  •  Removing young saplings from The Meadow
  •  Planting annuals & bulbs
  •  Light pruning & watering container gardens


Maintenance – Volunteers work under the direction of the GFS Facilities Director, and task will vary by season, but could include:

  • Sorting and organizing storage areas
  • Power washing chairs used for events
  • Assist with organizing and hanging holiday lights


II. Service Volunteering

Education and Performing ArtsVolunteers work under the direction of the GFS Education Department  of Education, with possible opportunities to assist with:

  • All Day Events  Special weekend themed days that may include workshops, performances, family activities and demonstrations. Most of these occur in the spring and summer.
  • GFS Hosted Events  Held annually but dates vary by year, include:
    - Talking Book and Braille Center Fall Festival – October
    - NJ Storytelling Festival – September
    - Guild for Early Music – October
    - Iron Pour – November

Community Outreach Projects – Volunteers will work with GFS and designated community partners on pre-designated projects that benefit either or both organizations but are most likely hosted by GFS. Among this ever-growing list of  opportunities are:

  • Annual Jersey Cares Coat Drive – November - December
  • United Way Strike Out Hunger – June
  • Connections with Sculpture, local school districts – Summer


III.  Guest Centered Volunteering

Gallery and Park Guides – Volunteers with a basic knowledge of Grounds For Sculpture, and indoor Galleries, are able to assist with the following:

  • Monitoring the outdoor areas of GFS, assisting guests, giving directions, answering questions
  • Providing a friendly presence in designated indoor galleries to monitor exhibitions and assist guests as needed
  • Assuring guests are enjoying the grounds safely and following Park Etiquette guidelines
  • Conducting marketing surveys


Apply Online to Become a Corporate Volunteer