Ringling volunteers selflessly donate their talents and thousands of hours of their time to The Ringling. Their dedication, knowledge and enthusiasm greatly enhance the experience of our visitors. More than 600 strong, with a wide variety of backgrounds, they are one of the largest support groups at The Ringling. Without their passion and commitment, The Ringling could not perform its mission as effectively. We hope that you will consider volunteering at The Ringling and help us share the legacy of John and Mable Ringling.
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Becoming a Ringling Volunteer
As “The Face of The Ringling", volunteers serve in a variety of roles. Tram drivers, theater ushers, ambassadors, store assistants, gardeners and more. Available opportunities may vary from season to season. Some positions carry a minimum weekly commitment of one shift per week, although we do occasionally offer opportunities with more flexible schedules. Volunteering as a Docent requires a larger time commitment than other volunteer opportunites. Please see Volunteer Opportunities for a full list volunteer positions.
Individuals interested in volunteering with The Ringling are required to complete a Volunteer Application and participate in a one-on-one interview with a Volunteer Services staff member.
The Ringling welcomes applications from individuals ages 16 and up who are enthusiastic, self-directed and sincere in their desire to make a commitment to the Museum. High School Students seeking community service hours toward Bright Futures scholarships or those looking to obtain valuable experience are encouraged to apply. Please understand that available opportunities vary throughout the year and may, at times, be somewhat limited. Many assignments require new volunteers to successfully complete training beforehand and commit to a regular shift over an extended period of time, so please give careful consideration to your personal schedule and transportation needs before applying. Applicants under 18 are also required to submit a signed and notarized Parent/Guardian Consent Form and documentation verifying proof of age, such as a copy of their driver's license.
Benefits of Volunteering
The Ringling's volunteers receive many benefits through their association with The State Art Museum of Florida and the largest university museum complex in the country. In addition to meeting new friends and learning new skills, volunteers may also become eligible to receive discounts on membership and in our stores and restaurants, as well as complimentary admission and guest passes.
For more information please call 941-359-5700, Ext. 3502 or Ext. 3503
Volunteers perform a variety of functions. Tram drivers, theater ushers, ambassadors, store assistants, gardeners and more. There's something for everyone.View Volunteer Opportunities
Docents facilitate conversation-based tours based on the Ringling's collections and special exhibitions in the Museum of Art , Ca'd'Zan and the Circus Museum.Learn how to become a Docent