Become a Volunteer

Do you love going to museums, or are interested in a museum career, but are unsure where to begin? The Museum offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for adults as well as students who are at least 15 years old. Opportunities range from serving as Art After Dark volunteers to docents.   Museum staff members provide orientation and guidance for volunteers, as well as festive social occasions during the season.

Listed below are just some of the Norton’s volunteer programs and opportunities. To find out how you can share your talents as a Museum volunteer, contact Diego Gutierrez, Program and Volunteer Coordinator, at (561) 832-5196, x1113, or use the online contact form.

College Committee

 The Norton is seeking dynamic and dedicated college students to join the College Committee, a semester-long program. As a College Committee member, you will develop interpersonal and professional communication skills, meet a variety of museum professionals, and learn about the Museum’s art collection and special exhibitions.  Internship or Independent study credit may be available.

To Apply: Please download the College Committee Application here, and submit all requested materials by the due date. Please note that a completed application must include all materials requested on the application form. For the Spring 2017 Semester program, application must be completed and turned in by November 23, 2016.


  • College Committee members serve for one semester and are expected to commit 18 hours per month for museum meetings and independent work.
  • Bi-weekly meetings are held 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM, from January 12, 2017 through April 20, 2017.
  • Meetings have the following structure:
  • Class meeting for 60 to 75 minutes with varying topics, ranging from discussion, staff interviews, presentations, or program planning.
  • Volunteer assignment or project research during Art After Dark, which can include program support, visitor interviews, or independent research.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Developing, practicing, and presenting a public talk at the Norton. The talk will be presented in the last two weeks of the program.
  • Collaborating with staff to plan and promote College Night at the Norton.
  • Completing bi-weekly assignments, which can include readings, written reflections, object research, and oral presentations.

Benefits for Participants include:

  • Developing, practicing, and improving public speaking and communication skills.
  • Learning about the array of careers available in the museum world.
  • Discussing original works of art, as well as learning and practicing different approaches to art museum education.
  • Community Service Hours, and possible internship or independent study credit.

Art After Dark Volunteer

Art After Dark Volunteers serve in a variety of capacities during this popular, weekly Thursday evening program, supporting staff and visitors.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Greeting and assisting guests.
  • Supporting Museum Staff or Guest Artists during workshops, lectures, or performances.
  • Conducting visitor surveys on behalf of the Museum.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Art After Dark Volunteers are required to attend one 30-minute orientation and commit to volunteering for at least two shifts per month, depending on the needs of the Museum.  

Docent Program

Docents are specially trained volunteers who enable Museum visitors of all ages to enjoy and learn about the Museum Collection and special exhibitions through age-appropriate, interactive tours.  You do not need to have an art background to apply for the docent program—we will teach you! All you need are excellent communication skills, an enthusiasm for exploring and learning about works of art, and a desire to promote art’s ability to engage, surprise, and illuminate.  Docent Candidates participate in an 18-month training program before becoming eligible to be a Docent.

 The Museum is not currently accepting applications for the Docent Program. To learn more about the program, contact Adelia Gregory, Associate Curator of Education.

Current Docents

This program is made possible with support from The Donald and Linda Silpe Endowment for the Continuing Education of Docents and the Mahon Endowment for Docent Education.