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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. Once on board, 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 enjoy interacting with people.
  • 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. Docent training is available only to experienced GFS Volunteers. It is vital that new volunteers first establish themselves as GFS volunteers. By gaining experience with a variety of service volunteer opportunities, they will be better prepared to fully communicate about GFS to our guests.

Docent training is generally offered once a year and is led by talented instructors, staff, and professional artists. These energetic and engaging sessions prepare new docents for creating their unique tours as well as establishing strong foundations in art and communication. On completion of the docent training classes, docents are expected to provide at least (20) tours, (10) service hours in other areas and attend at least (2) GFS-sponsored trainings each calendar year.


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.  Volunteer opportunities may include greeting guests, giving directions, or helping with a planned activity.

Guest Services Volunteers  assist at the INFO Desk at the Welcome Center. Guest Services Volunteers are specially trained to answer guests’ questions about GFS, give directions, and assist with tour registration. 

Gallery Guides assist staff in the indoor galleries in the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts, Museum Building and Domestic Arts Building. 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 forty-two 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 our 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 identify 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, administrative tasks, occasional special events, 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 Volunteer Services Manager 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:


Volunteer Services Manager
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
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Apply Online to Become a Corporate Volunteer