Job and Volunteer Opportunities

  • Des Moines
  • Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Ave
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • 515.277.4405
  • Hours | Directions

  • John & Mary Pappajohn
  • Sculpture Park
  • 13th and Grand Ave
  • Downtown
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Hours | Directions


The Art Center currently has one paid position available:


Part-time Security Guard

Call for Volunteers: Art Center Greeter

We are looking for enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable volunteers to assist our Visitor Services team by handing out visitor information, providing directions, answering questions about the Des Moines Art Center and its collection, and escorting guests to their destinations.

These individuals must be comfortable engaging visitors in conversation. Standing for long periods of time is required. Commitment of at least two three-hour shifts per month is required. Available shifts are Saturdays from 10 am – 1 pm and 1 – 4 pm, and Sundays from 12:30 – 3:30 pm.

Please contact Visitor Services Supervisor Staci Harper Bennett via email or call 515.271.0309 for more information.

Get Involved as a Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering with the Des Moines Art Center, please fill out the Volunteer Application and submit it via email or mail to Visitor Services Supervisor Staci Harper Bennett.

Volunteers will be contacted when opportunities matching their availability, interests and skills become available.


Docent Program

Become a docent and learn more about the world of contemporary art. A docent is a museum-trained volunteer who conducts tours at the Des Moines Art Center and Pappajohn Sculpture Park for children or adults. The word "docent" is derived from the Latin word docere meaning "to teach."

Interested candidates must have an active e-mail account and be comfortable with digital communication. Candidates must be able to attend training classes every Thursday from 9:30am-noon and be available to lead at least one tour per week.

If you are interested in this opportunity or have questions please contact us via e-mail.