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Volunteer at MOAH



The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH), MOAH:CEDAR, Elyze Clifford Interpretive Center (ECIC), and the Western Hotel Museum (WHM) are now accepting volunteer applications!

Our volunteers are passionate about art and history, making valuable contributions to the museum at all levels. As a volunteer you will have an integral role, working directly with staff and supporting various operations. Throughout your time with us, you will be able to grow and be a part of an invested team.


If you are interested in volunteering and support our mission statement, fill out the Volunteer Interest Form as provided here. For the department interest section, be sure to add MOAH.


Volunteers will be able to:

  • Become an expert on each of our exhibitions and engage MOAH’s visitors as a docent by sharing your knowledge with our diverse audiences.

  • Assist with gallery security and enforcing policies throughout the gallery space.

  • Foster direct relationships with our community of patrons, artists, residents, and staff members.

  • Assist with different departments including our Guest Services, Collections, and Education at our various locations.

  • Support the Education Team with tours for audiences of all ages.

  • Connect with a team of volunteers and enjoy our museum benefits.


Benefits! Museum volunteers also enjoy personal benefits, such as special invitations to museum and volunteer events, a 20% discount on select purchases in the Vault Museum Store, and participation in educational workshops!


Ideal Qualifications:

Ideal volunteers should maintain a courteous and positive attitude, dedicated to upholding guest relations with all visitors, staff, and artists. Volunteers should have a keen interest and knowledge in current exhibition materials, express excitement when interacting with diverse groups of all ages, including children to seniors. Ideal volunteers should be punctual and able to remain calm in difficult or stressful situations. They should also be comfortable with public speaking and participating in different training avenues, such as public programming and educational events.

Volunteers who can communicate in multiple languages (especially Spanish, American Sign Language and Standard Mandarin) or have CPR training are highly desirable.


Volunteer Shifts:

Volunteers will be scheduled for their shift based on their personal availability during museum hours. Standard shifts are typically 4 hours in length, up to twice a week. The Museum of Art and History (MOAH) is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 AM – 4 PM. On Thursday and Fridays, we are open from 11 AM – 8 PM. If you are unable to volunteer for our standards shifts, the museum may be able to accommodate your availability.


How to Apply:

If you are interested in volunteering, fill out the Volunteer Interest Form through the City of Lancaster, as provided here. For the department interest section, be sure to add MOAH. Paper applications are also available at the Lancaster Museum of Art & History’s reception desk and can be picked-up and dropped off during our regular operating hours. Applicants will receive an email to schedule them for a short interview at the museum, then notified thereafter.


Volunteer Requirements:

  • Volunteers will be subject to a LiveScan background check through Human Resources at Lancaster City Hall.

  • Volunteers will be required to submit a PPD Skin Test (TB) clearance before starting the volunteer role. If you already possess a report administered by your own doctor, it must be dated within the last six months. Human Resources will confirm the location for testing, and the results should be given to HR office at Lancaster City Hall (44933 Fern Ave, Lancaster, CA 93534).

We are currently only accepting applications for volunteers who are over the age of 18.

Volunteer Orientation:

Once your volunteer application has been processed and you are selected as a volunteer, you will be scheduled to attend a volunteer orientation! During orientation, volunteers will be given a specialized tour of the facility and information packet, learn how to docent, and meet other volunteers. You will also learn about what makes a great museum tour, along with techniques to engage your audience and the fundamentals of storytelling!


Thank you for your interest and we look forward to meeting you!

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