Opportunities at the Denver Art Museum

Thank you for your interest in the Denver Art Museum. Use on our online Career Center to search and apply for available full-time, part-time, and internship positions. Once you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email.

We will respond directly to applicants that best match the qualifications for the open positions. If special accommodations are needed in applying for a position, please contact the Office of Talent and Culture at 720-913-0151.

Denver Art Museum Staff in Pride Parade
DAM staff at the Denver Pride Parade in 2018.

Values and Culture

At the Denver Art Museum, we believe art has the power to forge connections, bridge differences, and transform lives. We are always looking for people who share our passion for creativity and community building to join our team.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The Denver Art Museum provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Career Opportunities

It takes a multi-faceted, talented, and integrated team to run a world-class art museum. We hire team members in a variety of areas and expertise including:

  • Accounting
  • Administration
  • Communications and Public Affairs
  • Conservation
  • Curatorial
  • Development
  • Exhibitions and Collections
  • Facilities
  • Human Resources
  • Learning & Engagement
  • Marketing
  • Operations & Visitor Services—Shop, Sales and Services, Events
  • Publications
  • Security

Employee Benefits and Perks

  • Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance for all benefited positions
  • Generous sick, vacation, and personal leave policy
  • Company-matched 403(b) retirement account
  • Free museum membership
  • Museum-supported leadership and career-development opportunities
  • Casual working environment
  • Wellness programs, including weekly onsite yoga
  • Museum-sponsored happy hours and social events
  • Staff preview hours for many major exhibitions
  • Staff discount in The Shop and Café

Museum Internships

The museum is hosting interns for summer 2022 in our Pathways Exploration Internship program for current college students and early career professionals who are considered historically excluded in the arts. We define historically excluded groups as people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), women, immigrants, LGBTQIA+, those who have been involved in the criminal justice system for nonviolent offenses, and fostered youth. In this year-three pilot of the program, a cohort of interns will come together with the opportunity for career exploration, personal development, and an opportunity to learn new skills.

Applications for Summer 2022 internships are now closed.

About the Museum Pathways Program

The Pathways Exploration Internship (PEI) is a 12-week career training program during the summer that provides paid exploratory opportunities and exposure for historically excluded groups within the museum field. We define historically excluded groups as people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, LGBTQIA+, those who have been involved in the criminal justice system for nonviolent offenses and fostered youth. The intention of this program is not to provide a career pathway specifically within the Denver Art Museum, rather it is to support and understand the different career pathways within a museum while developing skills necessary to pursue a career in the arts and cultural field.

Volunteer at the Museum

The Denver Art Museum is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. All volunteer applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

Thank you for your interest in volunteer engagement at the Denver Art Museum. We expect to be recruiting new volunteers in May and June 2022. Please check back here for more updates.

The contributions of a variety of skills, time, enthusiasm, and kindness of our volunteers directly impact the quality of the experiences our visitors have at the museum.

The museum’s volunteers support the work of a variety of different departments at the museum including:

  • Communications
  • Curatorial
  • Development
  • Conservation
  • Facilities
  • Learning and Engagement
  • The Shop
  • Visitor Services
  • Volunteer Services

Become a Visitor Ambassador Volunteer

Do you enjoy talking to people? The Denver Art Museum seeks new volunteers to greet and assist our visitors to ensure a meaningful and enjoyable museum experience. We know from our surveys that visitors rate their museum experience much higher if they have interacted with a staff member or volunteer. Our Visitor Ambassador volunteers are positioned throughout the museum campus greeting and directing visitors at entrances and other key locations and assisting them in wayfinding and designing their visit.

We are looking for volunteers who can commit to (20) half days (3.5 hours) per year for a between the hours of 9:30am to 1 pm or 12:30–4 pm (on Tuesdays there’s an evening shift from 5:30 to 8 pm). We are asking for a total commitment of at least one year. Shifts are scheduled every day of the week with a greater need on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

If you love people and are enthusiastic about a positive museum experience for all, this is the role for you! Our staff and volunteers embody the following values: dynamic, respectful, inclusive, creative, and curious. If this sounds like you, apply online today.

Applications close May 27 and interviews will begin June 7. New volunteers will participate the new employee/volunteer orientation on June 22 or June 29 and begin on-the-job training following that.

Become a School Group Docent

Do you enjoy connecting and empowering Colorado youth? Join the Denver Art Museum’s team and connect with PreK, Grade 5 students, or middle and high school students in the museum! We are currently recruiting new volunteers to work with school groups and we would love to talk to you more about your interest.

We are looking for volunteers who are able to commit one half day (3 hours) per a week typically between the hours of 9:45 to 1 pm for at least one school year. The school year runs mid-September through June. Learn more about the opportunity by downloading our school group docent description form below.

Applications close June 3, 2022. New volunteers will join the new employee orientation and welcome day August 10 or August 17, 2022.

Requirements for Volunteering

  • Pass a required security background check.
  • Maintain an active museum membership.
  • Strong commitment to the museum’s values: dynamic, respectful, connected, creative, and curious.
  • Complete required general and job-specific trainings and refresher trainings.
  • Enjoy working with people from all backgrounds and experiences.

Volunteer Engagement Strategic Plan

Staff and volunteers working collaboratively to unlock the power of art and inspire creativity.

– Created by the Volunteer Strategic Planning Committee, July 2019

For more than a century, volunteers have played a vital role in the Denver Art Museum’s mission to enrich the lives of present and future generations through the acquisition, presentation, and preservation of works of art, supported by exemplary scholarship and public programs related to both its permanent collections and to temporary exhibitions presented by the museum.

Now, guided by its Vision 2021 and the impending opening of the Martin Building, museum leadership recognized that they could not achieve the DAM’s bold goals without further engaging the talents and skills of those who share a passion for art. This plan, developed with support from consultant VQ Volunteer Strategies, provides the path to leveraging community members as current and future volunteers in this work.

In 2020, volunteers and staff together made more than 60 recommendations that addressed the goals of the plan. In July 2023, the recommendations will be implemented into our work and an assessment of the process and success will be conducted. Results of the assessment will determine the direction of a new strategic plan.