Employment Opportunities

There are no employment openings at this time. 

Volunteer Opportunities

The Timken has many volunteer opportunities available, both behind the scenes and in contact with the public. All volunteers receive on-site training and an invitation to an annual volunteer recognition reception. Volunteers who work more than 100 hours annually receive discounts at the museum store and free or reduced admission to Timken events.

Visitor Experience Volunteer: 


Located within historic Balboa Park, the Timken Museum of Art was founded in 1965 to provide educational and enriching cultural experiences for San Diego residents and visitors.   The Timken is known for its old master paintings and Russian Icons. Our Visitor Experience Volunteers are an integral part of the Timken’s mission, essential to the Visitor Experience front desk team by welcoming all visitors to the museum with a warm reception, gallery orientation, and providing any additional information about the collection or Balboa Park as needed. 

Opportunities include: 

  • Greeting all visitors to the art museum
  • Providing gallery orientation and answering questions about “what’s on view”
  • Connecting with people of all ages and all backgrounds
  • Helping with special projects
  • Conducting visitor surveys
  • Mentoring interns
  • Being knowledgeable about the Museum’s collection, special exhibitions, and upcoming programs*
  • Potentially taking tickets at our Monday Morning or Art in the Evening Lectures
Available Volunteer shifts are 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Wednesday through Saturday.
* Volunteers are not expected to be “experts” on art, but have a passion for the arts, the art museum, and the Timken mission. Join us and help bring the Timken’s world-class collection and ambitious exhibitions to the public!

Additional Benefits:

  • Access to the permanent collection and special exhibitions at the Timken Museum of Art
  • Access to the Museum Library
  • Access to free lectures, special tours, educational programs, and previews of special exhibitions
  • Discounts at the Museum Store
  • Insider knowledge about the Museums’ history, operations, and collections

        Ready to join this group of like-minded art-lovers? Reach out to our Visitor Experience Coordinator at kstory@timkenmuseum.org or 619.239.5548 x203.

        Timken Gardens:

        Help us maintain the beauty of the Timken gardens. We are seeking volunteers available three hours per month to help with the upkeep. Projects may include watering, weeding, mulching, pruning, and general plant maintenance. 

        Donating your time is an excellent way to expand your knowledge of plants, share your love of gardening, and experience a different part of the Timken. Your volunteer effort will help the Gardens blossom and encourage Museum patrons to enjoy the outside world of wonder and inspiration.

        For more information, please call 619.239.5548 or email: info@timkenmuseum.org

        Internship Opportunities 

        Development Internship: 

        The Timken Development department is offering one unpaid, part-time internship position designed to give students experience in museum development. During this internship, you will assist in our development process. Minimum of 8 hours a week, flexible days. This position is unpaid. Good writing experience and organizational skills required. 

        For more information please e-mail: ariley@timkenmuseum.org

        Visitor Experience Internship:

        The Timken Museum of Art is currently recruiting intern candidates with an interest in museums, hospitality and retail operations for the Visitor Experience internship program. The purpose of the Visitor Experience Internship is to gain a better understanding of museum operations in a fast-paced, non-profit setting. Scope of the internship includes but is not limited to the front of house operations and the museum shop. The Visitor Experience Intern may also assist in special events and programs. Visitor Experience interns work closely with the Visitor Experience Coordinator with additional mentoring from the Visitor Experience team and Operations Manager. 

        Dates: TBD, potentially Wednesday through Saturday starting at the earliest convenience. 

        Hours: Minimum 7 hours per week (minimum of 120 hours total), flexible days. 

        This position is unpaid.

        For more information please call 619-239-5548 x 203 or email kstory@timkenmuseum.org

        Education Department Internship:

        The Timken Education Department is offering one unpaid, part-time internship position designed to provide a 12-week practical experience in an art museum setting. Students who are college seniors, recent college graduates, or graduate-level students interested in pursuing a career in art museum education are encouraged to apply. The intern will work for an average of 10-15 hours per week. 

        For more information please email education@timkenmuseum.org.

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        Marketing and Social Media Internship: 

        The Timken Development department is offering one unpaid, part-time internship position designed to give students experience in museum marketing. During this internship, you will assist in our social media and marketing for our events, lectures, art dinners, and fundraising galas. Minimum of 8 hours a week, flexible days. This position is unpaid. Experience with basic social media platforms is a must and Adobe Illustrator is preferred. 

        For more information please e-mail: ariley@timkenmuseum.org

        Docent Program

        The Timken Museum of Art is recruiting docents to conduct thought-provoking and engaging tours, in English and other languages, for adult visitors and student groups, providing rich and memorable experiences with works of art in the Museum's collection.

        The program includes 15 months of initial training, beginning in February 2019. The training program focuses on art history and museum education related to the permanent collection and incorporates on-site classes, workshops, tours, lectures, and more. Docents become part of a community of learners and continue their education beyond the initial training period.

        Those interested in applying to the 2019 program must submit an application. For more information, email krosenberg@timkenmuseum.org.

        Applicants from all backgrounds and life experiences are welcome and encouraged to apply.