Employment Opportunities

The Timken Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Timken Musuem of Art does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, color, race, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical & mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law.

FLSA Status: Part time, Non-Exempt
Hours: 6-30 hours per week on average, will vary based on need.
Compensation: $15-$16 per hour (DOE)


The Timken Museum of Art is seeking a part-time Visitor Experience Associate. The Visitor Experience Associate will support the day-to-day operations of the Museum at the Museum’s Front Desk and in the Museum Store.

Visitor Experience Associates help create a museum experience that is welcoming, accessible, and memorable. As ambassadors of the Timken’s high standards of hospitality, they are knowledgeable and passionate about the Timken’s mission, collection and exhibitions, programs, and events. Duties include actively welcoming visitors and providing pertinent information / resources, as well as selling memberships and merchandise from the Museum Store.

The Visitor Experience Associate is an important role within the Operations Department. While being attentive and experience-oriented, you will primarily use your customer service skills and data input to deliver a world-class museum experience to the Museum’s 250,000+ annual visitors. As part of a small team, you will work closely with Operations management including the Visitor Experience Manager, Facilities Manager, and the Director of Operations to achieve departmental goals.

Download the full Job Description. 
Please email the following documents to the Visitor Experience Manager, Kendra Story, at kstory@timkenmuseum.org. Please submit documents in PDF format, if possible.
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter addressing how you’re a great fit for this position
  3. Completed Employment Application Form
This position is open until filled. No phone calls, please.


Full-time, competitive salary and benefits package

Reporting to the Manager of Development for an internationally renowned fine art museum, the Development Communications Associate develops, implements, and manages a portfolio of foundation- and government funders and prospects for annual operating and campaign solicitations, serving as primary contact for these funders. He/she/they ensure the smooth processing of daily fundraising activities, including cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, high-level gift tracking, and gift renewals. The Development Communications Associate creates, edits, and implements literature, marketing, and other forms of communications with the Manager of Development as well as edits, proofreads, and revises communications for the development team. The Development Communications Associate also coordinates agendas, scheduling, logistics, and information regarding marketing materials within the development department. Additionally, He/she/they oversee administrative duties with the Manager of Development. 

The Development Communications Associate works under broad direction, applying independent judgment to complex tasks within specialized areas. He/she/they must tolerate ambiguity, value teamwork, demonstrate initiative and strong follow-through, successfully handle multiple priorities, maintain perspective and focus while working under pressure, and develop and sustain effective working relationships with a wide variety of colleagues and donors. 

Full Job Description 

How to apply: Email Alexandra Riley, manager of development ariley@timkenmuseum.org with resume, cover letter and application

Volunteer Opportunities 


Timken Docents connect with people, inspiring a love of art and shaping memorable experiences at the Timken. The Timken's Docent Program welcomes diverse applicants who are eager to share their creativity and passion with students and visitors from our community and around the world. We are committed to the ideals of inclusivity, and the belief that the docent corps should be representative of the great diversity of San Diego. You do not need an art degree or any artistic training to be a docent. All you need is a passion to connect our visitors and students with the visual arts through shared experiences.

Recruitment dates for our next class of docents will be announced
soon. Please check back.

Email krosenberg@timkenmusuem.org

Gardening & Horticulture Program 

The Timken is currently seeking Gardening & Horticulture Support volunteers who enjoy hands-on gardening activities.

Landscape design is an inherent part of the Timken Museum of Art.  Large elevated planters featuring bougainvillea adorn the West-facing front entrance and two intimate gardens featuring Australian tree ferns, agapanthus, and camellias can be enjoyed from the museum's interior.  Opportunities may include potting, watering, weeding, mulching, pruning, and general plant maintenance. This volunteer position is a physically active role and assignments require walking, standing, kneeling, bending, reaching, and light lifting.  Basic gardening experience is helpful but not required.  All gardening volunteers must purchase and wear closed-toe shoes. All other tools and gear will be provided. 

Hours: Gardening & Horticultural Support Volunteer opportunities are available Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am through 4:00 pm. 

For more information please email hmartin-bollard@timkenmuseum.org. 

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

Development Volunteer 

The Timken's development department is offering two unpaid, part-time volunteer positions designed to give students experience in museum development and grant writing. The volunteer will assist with the development process. Minimum of 8 hours a week, flexible days. Good writing experience and organizational skills are required. 

For more information please email development@timkenmuseum.org. 

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

Education Volunteer

The Timken Education Department is offering one unpaid, part-time volunteer 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.

For more information please email education@timkenmuseum.org.

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