LOS ANGELES—The J. Paul Getty Museum is recruiting volunteers and docents to help visitors get the most out of their visits to the Getty. Volunteer and docent positions are available for both the Getty Center and Getty Villa locations. Applications can be accessed on the Getty’s volunteer and docent page.
Getty Docents are managed by the Getty’s Education and Public Programs Department, and introduce visitors of all ages to the art, architecture, gardens, and educational opportunities through a variety of facilitated experiences. Currently, the Getty Docent Program is seeking art-loving individuals to provide tours of the museum’s collection for the general public and K-12 students. Interviews will take place in January 2014 for the next training session that begins in April 2014.
Getty Volunteers are managed by the Getty’s Security & Visitors Services Department, and primary responsibilities include greeting and assisting visitors and providing directions and information. Fluency in more than one language is helpful but not required, and no previous arts experience is necessary. Weekend, weekday, and evening shifts are available. Volunteers must be over 18 years of age. Applications will be accepted through December 31, 2013.
“The Getty is looking for enthusiastic and dedicated people who are life-long learners, passionate about art, and want to share their experience with museum visitors in a variety of ways,” says Elizabeth Escamilla, education manager for the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Docents and volunteers receive ongoing behind-the-scenes educational opportunities, free parking, dining and gift store discounts, and annual recognition events.
Image: Tarquin the Elder Consulting Attius Navius (about 1690), Sebastiano Ricci [Italian, 1659 - 1734], oil on canvas, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
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The J. Paul Getty Museum collects in seven distinct areas, including Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts, and photographs gathered internationally. The Museum's mission is to make the collection meaningful and attractive to a broad audience by presenting and interpreting the works of art through educational programs, special exhibitions, publications, conservation, and research.
Visiting the Getty Center
The Getty Center is open Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed Monday and major holidays. Admission to the Getty Center is always free. Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 5 p.m. on Saturdays and for evening events throughout the week. No reservation is required for parking or general admission. Reservations are required for event seating and groups of 15 or more. Please call (310) 440-7300 (English or Spanish) for reservations and information. The TTY line for callers who are deaf or hearing impaired is (310) 440-7305. The Getty Center is at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California.
Same day parking at both Museum locations (Getty Center and Getty Villa) is available for $15 through the Getty's Pay Once, Park Twice program.
Additional information is available at www.getty.edu.