Still Need a New Year's Resolution? Volunteer at the Zimmerli!

December 3, 2012

New Year’s Resolution: 

Volunteer at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers


New Brunswick, NJ – Volunteers are vital in helping the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers fulfill its mission to serve both university and community audiences. As one of the largest university art museums in the country, the Zimmerli provides opportunities for teens and adults to work among a world-renowned art collection while meeting new people. To request an application, please contact or visit The Zimmerli Art Museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street in New Brunswick, on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers University.

The Zimmerli invites especially motivated high school students, in grades 10 through 12, to volunteer as ZAMbassadors during the 2013 spring semester. The program provides local teens opportunities to learn about art and the museum field, complete community service hours, and meet people with various roles in the art and higher education fields. ZAMbassadors are an invaluable part of the museum team: assisting instructors and families with art projects, as well as providing staff support preparing for and presenting special events. Volunteers are trained by and work alongside museum professionals, gaining skills that prove valuable in future academic and career pursuits. The deadline to apply is January 21 to attend the next orientation on Monday, January 28, 2013.

The Zimmerli currently seeks volunteers 18 and older to serve as store associates. The store reflects the museum's international collections, academic setting, and diverse clientele by offering a variety of unique items for all ages. Duties include greeting and assisting visitors, providing information about merchandise, processing sales, and maintaining displays. Shifts are flexible and available during regular museum hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; and the first Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Retail experience is preferred, but individuals with a desire to provide enjoyable and meaningful experiences for visitors are invited to apply. Training is provided for all store associate volunteers.

The Zimmerli also offers a variety of opportunities for adults 18 and older throughout the year. Volunteer docents are trained to lead tours of the museum’s collection and special exhibitions to the general public and school groups. While no prior art or museum experience is required, excellent public speaking skills, confidence in speaking before large groups, and an innate love of teaching are essential qualities of a successful docent. All docents must attend scheduled training sessions and commit to providing a minimum of six tours per academic year. In addition, the Zimmerli welcomes occasional volunteers for assisting with special events and providing administrative support for departments throughout the museum. Please contact for current opportunities.


The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum houses more than 60,000 works of art, ranging from ancient to contemporary art. The permanent collection features particularly rich holdings in 19th-century French art; Russian art from icons to the avant-garde; Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; and American art with notable holdings of prints. In addition, small groups of antiquities, old master paintings, as well as art inspired by Japan and original illustrations for children’s books, provide representative examples of the museum’s research and teaching message at Rutgers. One of the largest and most distinguished university-based art museums in the nation, the Zimmerli is located on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Established in 1766, Rutgers is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and a premier public research university.


The Zimmerli Art Museum is supported by Rutgers University as well as the income from the Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment Fund, and the Voorhees Family Endowment Fund, among others. Additional support comes from the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from other corporations, foundations, and individuals, as well as earned income, also provide vital annual support for the Zimmerli’s operations and programs. 


The Zimmerli Art Museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street at George Street on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The Zimmerli is a short walk from the NJ Transit train station in New Brunswick, midway between New York City and Philadelphia.

Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and the first Wednesday of each month (except August), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays, major holidays, and the month of August.

Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for 65 and over; and free for museum members, children under 18, and Rutgers students, faculty, and staff (with ID). Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month. For more information, call 732.932.7237 or visit the museum’s website:


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