The main role of a volunteer is to welcome visitors to the Getty Center and the Getty Villa and answer general questions about the sites. Volunteers are an integral part of Visitor Services and may also be asked to assist at special events, and help with special projects. We are also looking for Volunteers to help with the safe and orderly arrival of school groups on weekday mornings. We ask for a 2-year commitment to the Volunteer Program. Volunteers do not give tours and must be at least 18 years of age.

In addition to the online application below an interview is required.

Being a Getty Volunteer is:

  • A hospitality/customer service role.
  • Enjoying face-to-face contact with visitors at outdoor and indoor locations (everyone must do both).
  • Being part of an enthusiastic, energetic group made up of students, professionals, homemakers and retirees who love interacting with the public.
  • Fun!

Being a Getty Volunteer is not:

Have you ever used or been known by other names?

Yes        No

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor?
(Note: Answering yes does not preclude individuals from being selected.)

Yes        No

If you answered yes, please explain and include the date, city, and state of the conviction. Exclude the following: convictions that have been expunged, sealed, discharged, rendered confidential, sequestered, or impounded; convictions that appear as a juvenile record; convictions that resulted in referral to and participation in a pre- or post-trial diversion program; convictions of minor traffic offenses such as possession of marijuana or other marijuana-related offenses for which the convictions occurred more than two (2) years ago and misdemeanor convictions for which probation has been successfully completed or otherwise discharged. "Conviction" includes a plea of guilty or no contest.

Have you ever been dismissed from any other volunteer program?

Yes        No

If you answered yes, please explain.

Please list other languages (besides English) in which you are fluent:

Volunteer        Docent


Are you interested in volunteering at the Getty Center or the Getty Villa?
I would like to volunteer at the Getty Center.    Yes    No
I would like to volunteer at the Getty Villa.    Yes    No


Interviews for Volunteer positions will take place at the Getty Center on Thursday, February 16 and Saturday, February 18, 2017. Are you available on either day for a one-hour in-person interview?

Yes        No

Training involves FOUR MANDATORY Training Sessions for those accepted to the volunteer program. The following are the training dates for accepted Volunteers for both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa. Are you available on the following Saturdays beginning at 8am?

Saturday, March 11, 2017: 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. At the Getty Center - All New Volunteers Yes        No       
Saturday, March 18, 2017: 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. At the Getty Center - Center Volunteers Only Yes        No       
Saturday, April 1, 2017: 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. At the Getty Villa - Villa Volunteers Only Yes        No       
Saturday, April 8, 2017: 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. At the Getty Center - All New Volunteers Yes        No       


All Volunteers will begin their new shifts during the first week in May 2017. Will you be available to begin volunteering effective May 1, 2017?

Yes        No


I certify that the answers and statements provided by me in this application are true, correct, and without omissions. I authorize the Getty to investigate and/or verify information provided and any other information that might assist it in determining my qualifications for volunteering, including as a volunteer working with children. I release the Getty and my former employers and all others from liability from damage, which may result from such investigation, if upon such investigation, anything contained in this application is found to be untrue.

By checking this box, I certify that all information provided is true and complete. Please read and accept the terms of use.

The Getty values a diverse docent program and welcomes enthusiastic individuals of all backgrounds and abilities. Each applicant will be considered on the basis of individual ability and merit, without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender or marital status.