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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT CHEEKWOOD


For more information contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteers@cheekwood.org or (615) 353-6966 or apply online.

Administration
Garden Guide
Garden Volunteer 
Museum of Art Docent
 
Museum Host 
Shuttle Cart Drivers    
Seasonal Events
Special Events

Summer Camp
Tuesdays for Tots 
Visitor Services Assistant


Administration
Be an integral part of helping Cheekwood run efficiently and smoothly. Help staff members with important administrative tasks. 

Location: Various Cheekwood departments
Reports to: Appropriate department staff
Key Responsibilities: Mailings, data entry, stuffing membership packets, and various organizational tasks
Time Commitment: Based upon opportunities
Time Frame: Varies; year round.
Qualifications: Organized and detail oriented. Able to work flexible schedule based upon need.


Garden Guide
Garden Guides enhance the visitor experience by leading interactive tours and sharing valuable knowledge about Cheekwood and its sculpture and gardens. 

Location: Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
Key Responsibilities: Guide visitors through Cheekwood’s gardens and outdoor exhibitions while providing commentary and answering questions.
Reports to: Docent Coordinator
Time Commitment: At least two tours per month; tours last about 1 hour plus prep time
Time Frame: Tours are scheduled as needed. Year round although Spring and Fall are the busy seasons.
Qualifications: Friendly and outgoing personality, must complete Volunteer Orientation as well as Garden Guide Training

For more information contact the Docent Coordinator at cgregory@cheekwood.org or (615) 353-6971 or apply online.


Garden Volunteer

Work in our beautiful gardens alongside our skilled garden staff. Staff will provide tools; volunteers should wear closed- toe shoes and bring their own gloves, hats, sunscreen and insect repellant. 

Location: Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
Reports to: Garden Manager
Key Responsibilities: Tasks include weeding, watering, grooming, planting and other maintenance assignments.
Time Commitment: At least one shift per month; 2 hours per shift
Time Frame: Tuesdays and/or Sunday mornings. Shifts are 8:30-10:30 during the summer, 10:00-noon other months.
Qualifications: Garden experience a plus but not necessary. Must be physically able to do light garden work including bending, stretching, light lifting in an outdoor setting.


Museum of Art Docent

Docents enhance the visitor experience by leading interactive tours and sharing valuable knowledge about Cheekwood and the Museum of Art. 

Location:
The Museum of Art
Key Responsibilities: Guide visitors through Cheekwood’s art collections and special exhibitions while providing insightful commentary and answering questions.
Reports to: Docent Coordinator
Time Commitment: At least two tours per month; tours last about 1 hour plus prep time
Time Frame: Tours are scheduled as needed. Year round although Spring and Fall are the busy seasons.
Qualifications: Friendly and outgoing personality, must complete Docent Training 

For more information contact the Docent Coordinator at cgregory@cheekwood.org or (615) 353-6971 or apply online.


Museum Host

Museum Hosts greet visitors and share information about Cheekwood history and collections. 

Location: The Museum of Art
Key Responsibilities: Interact with Museum guests, serving as the Ask Me person for the Museum. Hosts will move from floor to floor, seeking to be at hand to answer inquiries and provide information.
Reports to: Docent Coordinator
Time Commitment: At minimum two shifts per month. Shifts are two hours.
Time Frame: Shift times are 1:00-3:00 Tuesday-Friday; 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:00 Saturday; 2:00-4:00 Sunday. Weekday morning shifts are being planned.
Qualifications: Friendly and outgoing personality, must complete Docent Training.


Seasonal Events

Assist children with arts and crafts programs geared to the appropriate season. Activities are offered on Saturdays from 10:00-2:00, with morning and afternoon shifts. Events include:
Cheekwood in Bloom (March 23-April 27), Harvest ( September 21-October 26) and Holidays at Cheekwood (November 30-December 21) .

Location: Most activities are conducted in Cheekwood’s Frist Learning Center
Reports to: Education department staff
Key Responsibilities: Help prep the supplies, work with the children and families and freshen up following the activity.
Time Frame: Seasonal Saturdays from 10:00-2:00. Morning shifts are 9:45-noon and noon-2:15.
Qualifications: A love of children and art


Shuttle Cart Drivers

Transports visitors between building sites via cart or small bus during evening events.

Location: general campus
Reports to: Security Coordinator
Key Responsibilities: Provide guest transportation for visitors . Must be able to interact easily with visitors, provide helpful information about Cheekwood and its activities.
Time Commitment: Must be able to accept and commit to designated shifts
Time Frame: Shifts are two and one half hours in length, 5:00-7:30 and 7:30-10:00 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings, from May 24-November 10.
Qualifications: Must be 21 years of age, possess a valid Tennessee driver’s license and a clear driving record. Background check required. Should have excellent customer service skills and outgoing personality. Cheekwood will provide a safety training course before drivers begin service.


Special Events 
Be a part of making a Cheekwood Special Event fun and fabulous! Some of our events include:
Spring Art Hop (early spring)
Assist children with fun art activities & egg hunts

Highballs & Hydrangeas (mid April & mid August)
Greet and check in visitors, distribute wristbands

El Dia de Los Muertos (usually the last Saturday in October)
Assist children with art activities during this annual day-long event

Holiday Events (Saturdays 10am-2pm between Thanksgiving and Christmas)
Assist children with cookie decorating; help with arts activities

Watch for other opportunities 


Summer Camp
Summer Camp volunteers help provide a creative and enriching experience for children ages 1-18 attending the 2014 Summer Camp, conducted June 2-August 1.

Location: Frist Learning Center
Reports to: Camp Director
Key Responsibilities: Assist instructors with preparation and execution of various projects, help with set-up and clean-up of studio space, and provide hands-on assistance to campers attending the various Camps
Time Commitment: Must commit to a minimum of 20 hours or more
Time Frame: 8:45-4:00, M-F, June 2-August 1. Morning and/or afternoon shifts available.
Qualifications: Must be 15 years of age or older, be reliable, patient and able to communicate clearly with children and adults, and enjoying working with children and art.
Interested?
Submit your application and schedule request to the Volunteer Office at volunteers@cheekwood.org or BY CLICKING HERE.


Tuesdays for Tots

Lend a hand with this creative and energy-filled drop-in arts program geared toward pre-school-age children attending with parents/guardians. Our instructor plans each day’s curriculum and our young artists dive in with gusto.

Location: Studios of Cheekwood’s Frist Learning Center
Reports to: Education department staff
Key Responsibilities: Help prep the supplies, work with the children and families and freshen up materials throughout the drop-in art program.
Time Frame: Tuesdays from September through May, from 10:00-noon. Volunteers are asked to report by 9:45 each week for a brief orientation of the day’s class.
Qualifications: A love of children and art

 
Visitor Services Assistant

Be the ‘first face’ of Cheekwood, helping front-desk staff welcome weekend and event guests. 

Location: Visitor Services Center front desk
Reports to: Volunteer Coordinator
Key Responsibilities: Assist front-desk staff in greeting guests, answering general questions, handing out literature and distributing wristbands during weekends and special-event evenings.
Time Commitments: As needed.
Time Frame: Saturdays and/or Sundays shifts are two to two-and-a half hours in length. There are some evening shifts available, such as for Cheekwood Nights.
Qualifications: Excellent customer service skills, able to interact well with all visitors.

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