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Volunteer

Volunteering at AMOCA is a great way to learn more about ceramics, meet people with similar interest, and share your enthusiasm for ceramics with visitors. Volunteers are an important part of AMOCA’s culture and essential part of making our museum a success. We recruit volunteers year-round, started in 2012; volunteers will be on a yearly “class” system and be asked to re-up your training & commitment once a calendar year.

Did you know…

  • Volunteers don’t need to have a background in ceramics or even in art, it’s your enthusiasm and willing heart that matters.
  • Volunteering at AMOCA is a great experience for everyone from teens to seniors.
  • Volunteers are given specialty training specific to your volunteer area – a great way to add to your resume!
  • We need volunteers year-round on weekends and weekdays both.
  • You can volunteer once a week, monthly or for a specific project – whichever suits your schedule.
  • Volunteers receive discounts in our store, invitations to special events and parties and other great perks!

Types of Volunteers

With the move to our new facility, the need for adult volunteers who can make specific commitments to the success of AMOCA has grown just as fast as our square footage! All volunteers are organized through Angie Reyes, Education Manager; however once you’ve been included in a specific group you’ll have training and work with our staff member directly responsible for that area of the Museum’s programming.

Docents - Docents (volunteer tour guides) conduct educational tours and lessons for student groups and adults visiting the museum. AMOCA welcomes an average of 2-3 student groups a week.  To find out more about becoming a docent and to apply, click here.

Collection Volunteers - AMOCA’s permanent collection, library and digital resources require thousands of hours of maintenance every year to keep them categorized and accessible. Collection volunteers work in the library, permanent collection storage facilities, photography studio, the archives and the collection office. They assist with recording, archiving, care taking, organizing and moving our growing permanent collection. In addition, collection volunteers are needed to assist in the maintenance and loans of the Roger and Helen Porter Library books. Collection volunteers will be trained in their specific tasks and should be willing to commit to volunteering at least once a month. ***Volunteers with library organization experience are especially needed at this time.***

brownie-workshopStudio Volunteers - AMOCA Ceramics Studio is a growing, vibrant community of potters and ceramic artists of all levels. Studio volunteers assist with teaching, processing clay, cleaning and maintaining the studio and running pottery sales. Studio volunteers should have some background in ceramics and be willing to commit to volunteering at least once a month. ***Experienced ceramicists who are willing to teach and work with children and other studio students are especially needed at this time.***

Special Projects Volunteers - Addressing invitations, sending out mass mailings, preparing hands-on projects for school groups, glazing/firing after a family event, helping out with show installations and de-installations, renovations of the rest of our facilities and other general office tasks all require volunteers. There is no minimum time requirement and a vast selection of jobs is available. While there is no minimum time requir ement, we do ask that you work with us to make sure tasks get finished once started, either by yourself or by letting us know when you won’t be able to finish so we can recruit another volunteer to pick up where you leave off. ***Persons with backgrounds in construction, woodworking, electrical and plumbing, and strong backs are especially needed at this time as we continue to work on renovating Gallery B to show our permanent collection and our basement storage facility to store our collection.***

For more information on volunteering, contact the Education Manager areyes@amoca.org or 909-865-3146 ext 105.

How to Apply:

For all positions other than docents, please fill out our online application here.