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The Barnes Foundation

Volunteer Opportunities

The Barnes is now accepting applications for a range of volunteers supporting:

  • Administration
  • Archives, Libraries and Special Collections
  • Communications
  • Development
  • Docents
  • Family Programs
  • Gardening
  • Publications
  • Public Programs
  • Membership
  • Group Tours
  • Visitor Services

Volunteering at the Barnes provides unique access to the collection, programs, and staff, as well as opportunities to enjoy camaraderie with fellow art, culture, horticulture, and education enthusiasts. The Barnes has different types of volunteer positions with varied levels of training, time commitments, and background requirements.

Click here for more information. Apply online.

Arboretum Volunteers

The only qualification for becoming an Arboretum volunteer is an interest in gardening. Get your hands dirty with weeding, mulching, and pruning, or be on hand to help with our annual plant sale. This is a great opportunity to learn new skills or hone the ones you have, and to work with rare and beautiful plants.

Year-round, Tuesdays through Thursdays between 8 am and 4 pm.

Apply online or call 215.278.7216.

Arboretum Garden Guide

Garden Guides give tours and provide interpretation of the living collections for visitors to the Barnes Arboretum. Learn more


Docents are an important part of communicating Dr. Barnes’s vision, and they have the power to create a fun, welcoming, and educational experience for visitors. Docents attend the Foundation’s Art and Aesthetics courses, are educated in the theories of Dr. Barnes, and receive the necessary training to be a helpful and friendly resource for visitors.

To apply, you must satisfy the following pre-requisites:

Once accepted, the following are the obligations of a Barnes Gallery Docent:

  • Successful completion of the Docent Training Program
  • Commitment to providing 60 hours of volunteer service. Availability during a combination of weekday, weekend, and evening hours is required.
  • Adherence to all guidelines in the Barnes Foundation Docent Guidelines

Apply online

Call 215.278.7216 email us for more information.


Questions about the Barnes new Volunteer opportunities, call 215.278.7216.