Join Team Newfields

We are Newfields. Join us.  

Only Newfields could be Newfields. We are the Indianapolis Museum of Art and so much more. We are The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. We are the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse. We are Lilly House. We are The Garden. We are Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana. 

The name Newfields is a celebration of our past and a commitment to our future. It is because of the Lilly family’s generous donation of the Oldfields estate 50 years ago, and generations of dedicated supporters, that we are who we are today.  

Newfields is also a nod to our legacy and home on the Oldfields estate, and a commitment to explore new fields of study, pursue new fields of inquiry, and to continually expand the experiences available to our community. 


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Living our values

We are building a beloved community by blending art and nature. Through collaboration, we inspire lifelong learning and wellness, celebrate diversity, nurture creativity and innovation, and sustain life on our fragile planet.  

Our dedicated staff focus daily on our mission to enrich lives through exceptional experiences with art and nature by embodying our core values: 

  • Stewardship: We create a vibrant Newfields for current and future generations 

  • Inclusivity: We welcome diverse audiences and ideas 

  • Excellence: We strive to offer the best of nature and the arts 

  • Service: We believe the guest is our first priority 

Committed to DEIA in everything we do

Newfields is an equal opportunity employer committed to a policy to recruit, retain and promote without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information or any other protected category. This commitment extends to all aspects of employment.  

Visit Newfields Together to learn more about our commitment to make Newfields an empathetic, multicultural, and anti-racist institution that embraces diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) as a central and foundational part of our culture, purpose, and mission.  


Grow your career at Newfields 

A 152-acre campus just minutes from downtown Indianapolis, we are among the 10 largest and oldest encyclopedic art museums in the United States. 

We boast over 300 skilled employees, interns, and fellows in a wide range of fields. We have career opportunities across varied areas: advancement, conservation, culinary arts, curatorial, education, natural resources, public programming, and security (to name a few). Whether you are considering full-time, part-time or seasonal employment, we are home to an inclusive and creative environment where you can flourish. 


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Learn with us

Realize your full potential and join our team. Our campus is a true “learning lab.” From the horticulturists exploring the diversity of the natural world to our state-of-the-art Conservation Science Lab to our pioneering designers, developers, and digital strategists creating bespoke, immersive guest experiences in Newfields Lab.  

We are constantly evolving and pushing boundaries. We also develop and invest in our employees, offering tuition reimbursement for job-related courses, certifications, seminars, and training.  




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Sample benefits and perks*

Newfields offers a robust benefits package to full-time employees that includes health insurance, life insurance, paid vacation time, paid holidays, and a 401K plan.

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance and wellness reimbursements (applied to gym memberships, etc.)
  • Complimentary Newfields Family Membership (plus extra tickets to paid seasonal events like Winterlights).
  • Beautiful campus for work and play
  • Discounted and free admission to other cultural institutions and association memberships not only within the city and state, but also throughout the country
  • Paid parental leave
  • Unlimited vacation
  • Paid volunteer days
  • Housing program (financial assistance to help purchase or improve a home in our neighborhood)
  • Staff discount at The Museum & Garden Shop, The Café, and Garden Terrace
  • Option to participate in Artists Among Us, our own staff art show, and staff appreciation activities (art making, tours, etc.)
  • Exclusive sneak previews of new exhibitions

*Part-time benefits may vary


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Career opportunities 

Want to become part of our mission to enrich lives? We are looking for talented and committed staff to join our team.

Current Opportunities

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Interested in volunteering?

Spend your time volunteering to enhance guest experience or volunteer behind the scenes. New and exciting opportunities are always being developed and added. We have volunteer shifts that fit any schedule with shifts on weekdays, evenings, and weekends. 

Visit our volunteer page to learn more and apply. 




Artwork credits: Robert Indiana (American, 1928–2018), LOVE, 1970, Cor-ten steel, 144 × 144 × 72 in. Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Gift of the Friends of the Indianapolis Museum of Art in memory of Henry F. DeBoest. Restoration was made possible by Patricia J. and James E. LaCrosse, 75.174 © 2023 Morgan Art Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.  

Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007), Wall Drawing No. 652, Continuous Forms With Color Acrylic Washes Superimposed (detail), 1990, acrylic wash on wall, 30 × 60 ft. Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Gift of the Dudley Sutphin Family, 1990.40 © 2023 The LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. 

Vaughn Spann (American, b. 1992), Rover (detail), 2021, polymer paint, Flashe, and resin on aluminum stretcher, 168 × 126 × 2-1/2 in. Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Gift of Evelyn Pousette-Dart by exchange, 2022.1A-C © Vaughn Spann, Courtesy of the Artist, David Castillo and Almine Rech.

Nick Cave (American, b. 1959), Soundsuit, 2013, mixed media including mannequin, fabric, ceramic birds, metal flowers, and antique gramophone, 134 × 58 × 35 in. (installed). Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Purchased with funds provided by Marc and Dana Katz, Michael and KimAnn Schultz, Margaret Wiley, Janet and Chris Brandt, New Year's Eve Event Patrons, General Endowed Discretionary Art Fund, Roger G. Wolcott Fund, Anonymous IV Art Fund, Elizabeth S. Lawton Fine Art Fund, Emma Harter Sweetser Fund, 2013. 296A-B © Nick Cave.