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Have you wondered what it would be like to volunteer at a world-class museum? Do you enjoy meeting diverse people from throughout the community and world? Would you like to help support the accessibility of the arts at a landmark cultural institution? Are you over 18 years old?

We are seeking diverse groups of candidates to join our volunteer team. Our volunteers are ambassadors of the Stanford art museums and essential front-line team members! We rely on our volunteers to facilitate and ensure an inclusive and positive visitor experience for everyone. No prior art knowledge necessary!


Volunteer Opportunities

Museum Engagement Guide

Our museum engagement guides enhance the visitor experience of our guests by conducting visitor tours intended to provide through provoking engagement that ignites in-gallery conversations with a critical, inclusive, and people-centered approach. Click below to learn more about our Museum Engagement Guide volunteer opportunity.

Applications now open!

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Information Desk Ambassador

Our front desk ambassadors are key to the visitor experience of our guests. They welcome visitors to the museum, provide wayfinding support, and collaborate with museum staff to help ensure an inclusive and equitable experience for all. Click below to learn more about our Front Desk Ambassador volunteer opportunity.

Applications now open!

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Museum Engagement Guide

Are you looking for a way to become involved in museums? Do you enjoy talking with people about art? The Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection, both at Stanford University, are jointly recruiting a new class of Museum Engagement Guides!


Once trained, Museum Engagement Guides enjoy great benefits, such as: spending time in the museums weekly engaging with a diverse visitor community, ongoing continued education resources, access to Stanford University libraries with lending privileges and online research, a complimentary membership to both the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection and many more. Click here for a full list of Museum Engagement Guide benefits.

Time Commitment

Museum Engagement Guides are expected to make a two year commitment which includes six months of initial training starting in January 2024. The training will be delivered in a hybrid format consisting of in-person sessions and online modules.

Information Sessions

Are you interested to join us as a Museum Engagement Guide? We will conduct two virtual informational sessions to answer any questions that you may have. Please join us on either of these dates:

Information Session 1
Wed, November 30, 2023, 5-6pm

Information Session 2
Sat, December 2, 2023, 10-11am

Attend an information session

Museum Engagement Guide

Program Structure and Additional Information

Please visit our Museum Engagement Guide page for more detailed information about the program, including benefits, training timeline, interview dates for selected candidates, and more.

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Application Deadline

Please submit your application to the Museum Gallery Engagement Training Program by December 11, 2023. Join us during one of the informational sessions and apply by the date above to ensure your participation in the selection process. We strongly encourage diverse applicants to join the program. No prior art or art history experience is required.















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Information Desk Ambassador

Must be 18 years old and above.


  • Check-in visitors and process walk-up reservations as required.
  • Help ensure an inclusive and equitable experience for all visitors.
  • Work in cooperation with all museum staff, security officers and other volunteers to ensure visitors’ needs are met.
  • Provide visitors with basic details regarding museum history, exhibitions, tours and programs.
  • Assist with museum and campus wayfinding and directions.
  • Participate in periodic training and exhibition briefings.
  • Greet all visitors to the museum.
  • Address visitor questions and concerns regarding parking.


Volunteers commit to a minimum of two shifts per month for one year. The Cantor is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-5pm. Volunteers shifts are scheduled from 10:45am-2pm OR 1:45pm-5pm.


      • Customer service-oriented attitude, likes working with the public.
      • Be committed to Stanford University’s diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion (DEAI) priorities and creating a space where all visitors feel welcome at the museum.
      • Be willing to learn and use the museum’s reservation software with guidance and support from staff.
      • Be willing and able to perform duties independently once provided with training.
      • Volunteers are team players and open to feedback and guidance from museum staff.
      • Compliance with university policies, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety guidelines.

        Materials and Training


        • iPad at the visitor services desk that is set up by staff before each shift.
        • Museum Volunteer badge or identifier.
        • M parking permit.


        Volunteers will attend a 2.5-hour training before they begin at the front desk. The initial training session will include topics such as current museum visitor policies, customer services strategies, and details about the museum collection and history. Volunteers are expected to participate in ongoing (DEAI) training, bi-annual trainings/meetings and exhibition walkthroughs with museum staff as new exhibitions open.

          Become an Information Desk Ambassador

          We are currently accepting applications for Museum Information Desk Ambassadors.


          Fill out an application by clicking on the link below, and schedule a volunteer Information Desk Ambassador interview.

          Apply Today





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