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The Photo Center needs you:

Lend
a hand.

Volunteering at Photo Center NW 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 Photo Center NW is a great opportunity, thank you for considering this important role.

To apply, download the Volunteer Application, and return completed in person or via email.  We look forward to connecting with you! Contact Terry Novak, Partnerships Manager with questions.

 

Here are some of our current and past volunteers, photographed by Adam Sanders.

Photograph by Adam Sanders

Photograph by Adam Sanders

Photograph by Adam Sanders

Photograph by Adam Sanders

Photograph by Adam Sanders

Photograph by Adam Sanders

Photograph by Adam Sanders

Photograph by Adam Sanders

Photograph by Adam Sanders

Photograph by Adam Sanders

Photograph by Adam Sanders

Photograph by Adam Sanders

Photograph by Adam Sanders

Photograph by Adam Sanders

Photograph by Adam Sanders

Photograph by Adam Sanders

Photograph by Adam Sanders

Photograph by Adam Sanders

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

Senior Digital Program Volunteer
This volunteer role is reserved for individuals who have advanced knowledge of digital programs and have a successful track record of volunteerism at the Photo Center for at least three quarters. Senior volunteers are responsible for monitoring the digital facilities and other volunteer leadership responsibilities as assigned. Senior volunteers serve an important role as ambassadors for the Photo Center and mentors for other volunteers. Minimum commitment: 4-6 hour commitment weekly for a minimum of 2 quarters, weekend hours may be required

Senior Analog & Studio Program Volunteer
This volunteer role is reserved for individuals who have advanced knowledge of analog and studio photography and have a successful track record of volunteerism at the Photo Center for at least three quarters. Senior volunteers are responsible for monitoring the digital facilities and other volunteer leadership responsibilities as assigned. Senior volunteers serve an important role as ambassadors for the Photo Center and mentors for other volunteers. Minimum commitment: 4-6 hour commitment weekly for a minimum of 2 quarters, weekend hours may be required

Gallery Program Volunteer
This volunteer role assists our Gallery Director with installing and de-installing our exhibitions. This includes prepping the gallery walls, unpacking and handling artwork, installation layout, hanging artwork and applying signage. Join the gallery crew on opening nights to assist with lecture set up, ticket taking, food prep 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 six weeks.

Helping Hand Volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering at the Photo Center or giving pro bono assistance, but you only have a day to spare or an hour per week, please contact us and we may be able to find a project for you! Projects may include cleaning, painting, help with events, IT work, data entry, etc. Thank you for sharing your time and skills.

Event Committee 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 working on one of our four major annual events. We are looking for volunteers who can be positive, pro-active, connected team members to help with anything from gallery installation to sponsor cultivation. Minimum commitment:5-10 hours per month for the months leading up to the event. Planning usually occurs 6 months before the event and we ask that you be able to volunteer at the event which you are helping to organize.

Other opportunities

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

Looking for an internship?  Check out our Opportunities page.