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Volunteer Positions and Responsibilities


Online Volunteer Application

MF volunteers have the opportunity to gain exposure to the workings of a unique museum of contemporary art and contribute valuable visitor services to a nonprofit institution. Qualified candidates should posses a love and appreciation of art, a flexible attitude for dealing with the public, basic computer skills - including familiarity with the internet - and an understanding that reliability is critical.

Applications are accepted at all times and kept on file. All volunteer opportunities are filled on an as-needed basis; we contact applicants with the required skills, interests, and availability when opportunities become available. For more information about the volunteer program, opportunities, or to schedule a volunteer interview, contact volunteer@mattress.org


  • Free admission to the Mattress Factory
  • Regularly scheduled educator programs that include lectures and conversations with the museum's curatorial and education staff
  • Opportunity to earn volunteer hours towards a Mattress Factory Membership
  • Work experience and letters of recommendation


Flexible hours (evenings and weekends)
Volunteers provide visitor services to patrons during special events such as lectures, film screenings and openings by assisting with ticketing, gallery attending, and general event help.

Gallery Attending and Visitor Services
Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Volunteers provide visitor service to our patrons while attending the galleries during regular museum hours. Volunteers should be comfortable interacting with visitors and familiar with basic information about the museum.


Flexible hours (weekends)
Volunteers assist our Museum Educators with educational activities, community outreach, Family Days at the museum, and more. ArtLab, a hands-on art-making session held in the museum lobby, occurs on the first and third Saturday of every month. An interest in education and experience with children is helpful.

Administrative Assistance
Flexible hours (Monday-Friday)
Volunteers work with members of the administrative staff, including Membership, Development, and Museum Operations, to provide additional administrative support.  Basic familiarity with office equipment is recommended.

Installing Exhibitions
Week(s) before opening and week(s) after closing exhibitions
Volunteers work with the Exhibitions department to install and de-install new installations by artists in the Mattress Factory's residency program. Our need for installation volunteers is sporadic, as it depends on our exhibition schedule.

Garden Party/Community Garden Party
Friday night and Sunday afternoon in mid-June
Our largest fundraiser of the year, the Garden Party is a celebration of the people and the art that make it all possible at the Mattress Factory. We typically require the help of 40 - 50 volunteers for this extraordinary event. A Community Garden Party traditionally follows the Garden Party on Sunday; this free, family-friendly event requires the help of 10 -15 volunteers.

Contact: To schedule an interview: volunteer@mattress.org

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