Volunteer FAQs

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! Here’s what to expect:

Volunteer FAQs

  • Do I need any special skills/qualifications?

    We ask that you be at least eighteen years old, and that you support our mission & values.

  • What do volunteers do at PMG?

    Our volunteers are essential in helping us carry out our public programs, events, and activities. Examples of shifts include:

    • Public programs: These include Make & Take Activities, Twilight in the Gardens, and PECO Family Jams. Volunteers help to set up/clean up, facilitate crafts and activities, or tend bar as needed.
    • Exhibition installationEvery two to three months we transition our galleries to a new exhibition. Volunteers assist with that transition by painting the gallery walls and helping to pack up or install artwork. Check out a list of our upcoming exhibitions.
    • Outreach: We occasionally need volunteers to help facilitate outreach activities at community festivals, etc. Past outreach has included events such as the South Street Spring Festival or CraftNOW Create.
  • Where and when are volunteer shifts?

    The majority of shifts take place at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. Occasional outreach shifts take place offsite. Most volunteer shifts take place on weekends between 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or on weekdays after 6:00 p.m.

  • How long are volunteer shifts?

    Shifts typically range from 2-4 hours in length. Some shifts, such as exhibition installation, may last longer.

  • How often would I be expected to volunteer?

    It’s up to you! Some of our volunteers like to take three or four shifts per month, while some prefer three or four shifts per year. To be considered an active volunteer, we do ask that you complete at least one shift every six months.

  • Sounds good! How do I sign up?

    To start volunteering at PMG, please complete the following:

    If you can’t make it to a scheduled session, you may also contact volunteer@phillymagicgardens.org to set up an appointment.

    • Sign up for a public guided tour.
    • You’re all set to start signing up for volunteer shifts!
  • Any further questions?

    Please feel free to reach out to us at volunteer@phillymagicgardens.org.