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Photographic Center Northwest needs you:

a hand.

Volunteering at PCNW offers opportunities to connect with the photography community, learn new skills, build your résumé and connections, and to support a non-profit arts center.  We love our volunteers!

Our volunteers help us keep our doors open to hundreds of artists, students, members, and community groups annually. Each and every volunteer is folded into our community through use of our facilities, through social events, and being involved in our ongoing public programming.  Volunteering at PCNW is a great opportunity, thank you for considering this important role. Volunteers must be 18 or older to apply.

To apply, download the volunteer application, and return completed in person or via email.  We look forward to connecting with you! Contact Ann Pallesen, Partnerships Manager with questions: or 206.720.7222 x11

Volunteer Roles

Digital Program Volunteer
This volunteer role provides excellent customer service, assists students, clients, and faculty members who use our digital lab. A friendly, outgoing demeanor, experience with digital photography fundamentals, such as scanning, printing, curves, and basic skills with Adobe Photoshop and Mac platforms is required. Training is provided.
Minimum commitment: 4-6 hour commitment weekly on a quarterly basis

Analog & Studio Program Volunteer
This volunteer role provides excellent customer service, assists students, clients, and faculty members who use our black & white darkrooms and lighting studios. A friendly, outgoing demeanor, experience with studio lighting, darkroom printing, darkroom and chemistry set-up, and a commitment to procedures and safety is required. Training is provided. Minimum commitment: 4-6 hour commitment weekly on a quarterly basis

Gallery Program Volunteer
This volunteer role assists our Public Programs Curator with installing and de-installing our exhibitions. This includes prepping the gallery walls, unpacking and handling artwork, condition reports, installation layout, hanging artwork and applying signage. Join the gallery crew on opening nights to assist with lecture set up, ticket taking, beverage serving and celebrate with us! Help distribute posters and program brochures in the greater Seattle area. Training is provided. Minimum commitment: 3-6 hours. Exhibitions rotate approximately every 6-12 weeks.

Event  Volunteer
Do you have event experience and are interested in joining a fast paced planning process and hard working group of staff, board members, and volunteers? Consider volunteering for our two major annual events – Long Shot (in June) and our annual benefit and auction (in October). We are looking for volunteers who can be positive, pro-active, connected team members to help with anything and everything!

Volunteer Photographer/Videographer
Help us capture the community at our events and gallery receptions. Take installation shots of our exhibitions and facilities. We seek individuals with a creative eye that can help us produce content for effective marketing, cultivation and grant proposals.

PCNW Cleaning Crew
Do you ever get that bug to organize and clean something? Join the Thursday morning cleaning crew and help us keep our darkrooms, labs and classrooms fresh & tidy. We thank our cleaning crew generously with perks. Minimum commitment: 2 hours.

Here are some of our fabulous volunteers photographed by Adam Sanders.

Other opportunities

Teaching Assistant
Contact Eirik Johnson, Programs Chair for more information.

Looking for an internship?  Check out our Opportunities page.