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Volunteering at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Volunteer Opportunities

Meet new and interesting friends, and be a vital part of one of the best art museums in Canada! We’ve got inspiring art, an impressive building, and dedicated volunteers. Applicants, like our existing volunteers, should posses a love and appreciation of art, a flexible attitude for dealing effectively with the public, basic computer skills (including email), and an understanding that reliability is key to success in any role.

Volunteers at the AGO number nearly 800 strong! Their time, enthusiasm and expertise contribute to an outstanding experience for museum visitors in all areas of the Gallery.


We post volunteer vacancies as soon as they become available. Check back often for a placement that better suits your skills and interests. Please note, we do update this site regularly.

Please note we do not offer high school co-op placements. If you have any further questions, you can contact us by email at

Volunteer Opportunities

Exhibition Audio Guide Volunteer - Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and More

In this role, you’ll welcome visitors, distribute guides (hand held, audio tour units – kind of like cell phones), demonstrate their use, and assist our visitors with downloading our exhibition app. You’ll enjoy this role most if you’re an art lover who likes working with the public in a team-based setting. Enjoy the excitement and crowds that a temporary, ticketed exhibition can bring! Receive free tickets to the exhibition, gallery discounts, and more!

Commitment: This is a temporary volunteer placement that runs the extent of the exhibition: October 15 – January 29, 2017. Training provided. Flexible options; various weekday and weekend shifts available (Tuesday – Sunday), morning, afternoon and evening. Please indicate your preferences on the volunteer application form.

To apply, please fill out the online form.

Evening or Weekend Gallery Guide Volunteer

Gallery Guides roam as “ask me” guides across the galleries, to engage visitors and answer interpretive questions on the floor. They also offer short, pop-up art talks, as well as more structured tours. We're looking for outgoing folks who aren't afraid to initiate a conversation. We find volunteers who enjoy this role have a formal background in art, or a very strong interest and are willing to self-study. Our Gallery Guides are not given tour scripts, but instead have the freedom and flexibility to develop short talks and tours that interest them most.
Ongoing exhibition content and methodology training is provided to support volunteers in this placement.

Commitment: This volunteer placement requires bi-weekly availability (i.e. you will be scheduled every two weeks). You'll be able to choose from a regular Saturday or Sunday shift, morning or afternoon. Morning shifts run from 11 am – 2:30 pm, and afternoon shifts run 12:30 pm – 4 pm. Friday evening shifts are from 6 pm – 8:30 pm.

To apply, please fill out the online form.

Note: we update this site as volunteer positions become available; please check back regularly.

For those of you who have recently applied for a volunteer position: Thank You! We are in process of reviewing applications and we will be in touch with you should you be selected for an interview. Thanks so much for applying to volunteer with the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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