Volunteering at AMOCA is a great way to learn more about ceramics, meet people with similar interests, and share your enthusiasm for ceramic art with visitors. Volunteers are an important part of AMOCA’s culture and an essential part of making our museum a success. Volunteer applications are accepted year-round.

Volunteer Opportunities

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 may work in the library, the permanent collection storage facilities, the photography studio, the archives, and/or 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 of the Helen and Roger Porter Resource Library books. Collection volunteers will be trained in their specific tasks and must commit to volunteering for at least 10 hours a week for 3-6 months.

Studio Volunteers – The AMOCA Ceramics Studio is a growing, vibrant community of potters and ceramic artists of all levels. Studio volunteers assist with processing clay, cleaning and maintaining the studio, assisting with sales to students and studio residents, and helping complete other odd jobs around the studio. Work may entail lifting and carrying heavy ceramic materials. Studio volunteers should have some background in ceramics and be willing to commit to volunteering at least once a month. 

Special Projects Volunteers – Assisting with hands-on projects for school groups, providing support at in-person events and receptions, greeting and assisting museum visitors, and helping with general office tasks are all potential jobs for volunteers. There is no minimum time commitment, and a vast selection of jobs is available.

Did you know…

  • Volunteers don’t need to have a background in ceramics or even in art; enthusiasm and a willing heart are what matters
  • Volunteering at AMOCA is a great experience for everyone, from teens to seniors
  • Volunteers are given training specific to their volunteer area – volunteering is a great way to add to your resume!
  • We need volunteers year-round, on both weekends and weekdays
  • 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 other great perks!


Committed volunteers receive free admission to AMOCA, member discounts at the Museum Store, and the opportunity to deepen their relationship to art, clay, and community.

Click the button below to submit our simple online volunteer application.

Volunteer Application

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399 N Garey Ave Pomona, CA 91767
909.865.3146 | info@amoca.org
The museum is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11 AM–4 PM. Plan your visit by clicking here.

For information about Ceramics Studio hours and availability, please click here for the Ceramics Studio.

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