Thank you for your interest in joining the CMC team as a volunteer!
Due to the profound financial implications of Cincinnati Museum Center’s COVID-19 related closure and recent staff cuts, we are unable to process new volunteer applications at this time. Please check back in the future for updates.
Volunteers are a vital part of our institution
Thank you for your interest in helping Cincinnati Museum Center provide quality services, programs and education for the community! Without this special group of dedicated people, Cincinnati Museum Center would not be able to fulfill its mission to “inspire people of all ages to learn more about our world through science, regional history, and educational, engaging and meaningful experiences.”
Join us to find out about our current volunteer opportunities and how you can become part of our team! No prior volunteer experience is necessary—just enthusiasm and an avid interest in the activities and programs we offer.
- Being a part of a FANTASTIC Cincinnati Museum Center team
- Becoming involved in an environment of life-long learning
- Free admission to all permanent CMC exhibits and access to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
- Free parking
- Discounts at food locations
- Invitations to select exhibit previews, special events and lectures
- Professional development, training opportunities and work experience
- Complimentary CMC membership with set hours contributions
- CMC Individual Membership — 100+ hours in a fiscal year (July 1 – June 30)
- CMC Family Membership — 400+ hours in a fiscal year (July 1 – June 30)
* Please note: for all positions, volunteers must attend a general orientation and participate in additional departmental training. Volunteers are provided with the necessary tools and resources to be a successful part of the Cincinnati Museum Center Volunteer Team.
Current volunteer opportunities
Museum Ambassador Program (MAP)
All museum gallery volunteers begin here!
We need welcoming, informed, guest-oriented and engaging Museum Ambassadors to make a difference in our visitors’ experience.
Every volunteer begins by learning about our Quality Standards, welcoming everyone we interact with and maintaining a safe and clean environment for our guests. Spend time across all our museums, from our late-Jurassic Galeamopus to our historical Public Landing or help our smallest guests in Little Sprouts Farm. The ability to engage vibrantly with toddler through high-school ages is a must-have skill for Museum Ambassadors and Track volunteers.
Looking to dive a little deeper, to work along our educational team in learning and interpretation? After you complete the Museum Ambassador training, you may choose to continue growing your volunteer experience by selecting one of three museum tracks.
Gallery Activities Track
Love sharing your knowledge of science, art and Cincinnati history to guests of all ages? Gallery track volunteers work alongside staff to deliver quality programs to families, adults and children of all ages. After completing MAP, you will be introduced to simple, easily-presented concepts for guests. You’ll then continue working with our team to deliver more-complex, object-based and hands-on learning experiences for our guests. With advance training, you may even have the opportunity to handle our live animals!
Shows & Interpretation Track
Do you love to dress in period costumes? Are science stage-shows your jam? Does the thought of being on a stage float your boat? Volunteers in this track work closely with our staff to deliver quality exhibit interpretations by giving context and a personal touch to the information presented. With additional training, volunteers may dress out in period clothing, recite short scripts or plays, deliver engaging storytelling or assist with our spectacular science stage shows. Behind-the-scenes help is welcome for those with costume repair and script-writing experience.
Labs & Maker Track
Are you overflowing with creative ideas? Do you love bringing looks of awe and wonder to guests’ faces through hands-on activities? Curiosity and the inclination for experimentation are traits that artists and scientists share. Volunteers in this track facilitate open-ended, process-based experiences in our creative play lab KidSPACE, conduct experiments in our STEM lab and dive deep into historical Cincinnati makers in our History in the Making Classroom. You will work alongside our staff to take your talents in science, art and making to the next level with our guests.APPLY TODAY
Guest & Member Services Volunteers
Help our guests make the most of every visit by assisting the Guest Experience Team! Whether you prefer greeting guests as they enter the Grand Rotunda or granting our guests entry into our permanent museums and featured exhibits, the Guest Experience Team has an opportunity for you. Individuals must be outgoing, friendly and possess the ability to communicate with groups of all sizes and abilities.
Assist the Guest Experience department by welcoming guests, answering questions, and providing directions so that our guests can dive right in to the epic experience that awaits them.
Assist the Guest Experience department by providing superior customer service from first impressions to farewells by admitting guests and CMC Members into Cincinnati Museum Center’s three museums and featured exhibit spaces.APPLY TODAY
Featured Exhibits Volunteers
Do you love learning new things and sharing that knowledge? Featured Exhibits may be the place for you! Featured Exhibit volunteers work alongside staff to welcome and engage with guests in our temporary and traveling exhibits. We host exhibits that cover a wide range of topics: art, science and technology, history, and much, much more. Exhibits change regularly so there is always something exciting and new.
Duties include interacting with guests, answering content and directional questions, and ensuring the safety of artifacts.APPLY TODAY
Interested groups please contact Volunteer & Intern Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. Opportunities include those listed above for individuals seeking long-term/consistent weekly, biweekly, or monthly opportunities, and special event volunteering for groups interested in short-term/one-off opportunities.APPLY TODAY
“When people ask me why I volunteer at the Museum Center, I just tell them that I get a lot more than I can ever give back...The Museum Center is just one more nice asset the City of Cincinnati can brag about."
Each year we recognize CMC volunteers who have achieved significant years of service milestones.
Mary Lou Osterfeld
J. Harry Rapien
School and Teacher Partnerships
Do you love engaging groups of school aged children in science, art, culture and history? Are you an amazing group greeter and wayfinder? Work alongside our School and Teacher Partnerships team to deliver content that connects to our galleries, exhibits and school curriculum. Volunteers must be MAP trained.