May 7, 2021 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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We offer the opportunity to gain exposure to the inner workings of a premier museum while contributing to the artistic legacy of our community. 

Any questions? Contact Susie Crowley, Volunteer Manager at or 575-758-9826  Ext. 104. Or get started today! Fill out and email this volunteer questionnaire to There may be a waiting list for some opportunities.

 Regular Volunteer Opportunities: 

Regular volunteer opportunities are ongoing tasks for people who are  looking for a longer term committment. See details below:


Regular Volunteer Opportunity Details:               


Events at the Harwood are our most popular volunteer opportunity. They include private VIP opening receptions, member-only events, community events like the Lighting of Ledoux and fundraising events like Art of Wine and Art on Tap. Volunteer opportunities in Special Events are very social.

Opportunities include:

  • Gallery Guards: As the Harwood is first and foremost a museum with a valuable collection of art, the job of protecting the art is very important during all of our events. Gallery guards make sure that people do not bring food into galleries, or touch the art. Gallery guards must be comfortable with kindly reminding violators of this policy. This job involves standing for up to two hours.

  • Bar: Our licensed wine pourers often need help setting up the bar, managing wine glasses during an event and cleaning up after the event. This can be a physical task that requires lifting, bending and walking. If you have a server’s license, please let us know.
  • Teardown: After each event tables must be folded, chairs stacked and documents gathered. This task involves some heavy lifting and carrying.
  • Counting: For this task it is important not to get distracted. You will stand at the entrance of the event with a clicker and count how many people attend the event. This information is often valuable for grant writing and statistics. You will be on your feet for up to two hours.
  • Event Support: Many of the fundraising events we do require extensive preparation and follow-up.  The tasks may be data entry, mail merge, spreadsheet management, packet creation ami=ong others.  This duty requires extensive training therefore a long term committment from the



Volunteer opportunities include helping with graphic design. Locate and document online ads and articles about the Harwood. Help with brochure distribution. Compile press clippings. Share our events and posts on social media sites. Help to create posts and articles. Help to create and implement membership and volunteer recruitment strategies. Submit ideas of creative ways to promote the Harwood’s story.


Help with special projects. Perform data entry, administrative support for fulfillment letters including mail merge and mailing list management. Provide administrative support to Harwood officers and board members. Help with annual fundraising letters and membership initiatives. These volunteers must be detail oriented and for some duties a more consistent committment is required.


Do you love working with children? Each year The Harwood hosts thousands of children who come here to learn and experience through art. Our educational programs provide fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities. We currently offer Art in the Schools for Pre-K through 8th grade school students during the school year, Community and Family days seasonally and Art Exploration Workshops during the summer months.

Volunteers have the opportunity to help youth develop creativity and critical thinking, foster cultural and community awareness and foster joy through learning.
Opportunities in this area include program supervision, prepping materials, studio maintenance, program evaluation, curriculum research, organization of supplies and projects, posting flyers, and much more. No experience is necessary, just a love of working with children.

Volunteers are also needed in the adult programs area, specifically focusing on adult studio classes when offered.

Volunteer opportunities are available Monday through Saturday. A background check may be reqiured.


Our docents are a critical part of our museum’s interpretive mission and educational objectives. They help visitors understand and interpret the art rather than just look at it. They help people learn about the context and the history of the art. Our docent training program requires the completion of 12 weekly classes. It is important that our docents provide accurate information to our guests, so the full training course is required.  Please fill out the docent application (Word doc. If this is not compatible with your system, try this PDF) and return by email to   


The Harwood Museum has a 100 seat auditorium where we provide programs to the community that include literary events, music, films and lectures. Volunteer opportunities include keeping track of how many people attend an event, help with collecting tickets, distributing programs, serving as ushers and generally monitoring events.


Two to three times a year the museum sends letters for fundraising and member renewal campaigns. This is an opportunity to join your fellow volunteers for letter stuffing parties that have significant financial impact on the organization.


We have gardens in the front of the Museum and the back. These duties can involve lifting, kneeling and bending.


The Harwood offers unpaid internships for college and university students in its curatorial, development, and education departments.   A description of each internship is available here while an internship application may be found here.  We regret that the museum is unable to provide assistance with transportation or housing arrangements; however, if you're the right candidate we'll make sure that you have a fantastic internship experience!  For more information contact the museum at