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Thanks for your interest in being part of the Artist Trust community! We have many ways for you to participate with us, as a staff member, intern or volunteer. Read on for current openings:

We are currently seeking applicants for the following positions. These positions will remain open until they have been filled.

Volunteer opportunities

Artist Trust regularly has volunteer opportunities available. There are many benefits to volunteering: gain valuable insight to grant panel processes; learn how we collect/distribute information; get experience in events planning; etc. Below is a list of volunteer opportunities and descriptions. Please let us know if you'd like to lend a hand!

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  1. Artist Trust, Seattle / Seeks Communications Intern
  2. Benefit Art Auction Volunteers
  3. Seeking Volunteers Year-Round
Artist Trust, Seattle / Seeks Communications Intern

Artist Trust seeks a detail-oriented, highly organized Communications Intern. Internships run four to six months, 10-20 hours per week. Preference will be given to those that can offer a longer commitment.

The Communications Intern will help with various aspects of communications, marketing and outreach, including:

  • Assisting with online social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, e-newsletter;
  • Assisting in public relations including press releases and media contacts;
  • Managing the Events webpages, respond to information requests via email;
  • Updating online artists’ profiles;
  • Drafting press releases, designing print collateral and assisting with special projects and events.

This opportunity includes:
  • Valuable insights into the nonprofit arts communication arena;
  • Exposure to the ins and outs of marketing, PR, and community management;
  • Opportunities to write, learn design and editing software, and initiate and execute projects;
  • Creative work environment;
  • Capitol Hill location;
  • Exposure to Washington State arts and artists;
  • One-year membership to Artist Trust.

Skills and Requirements for Position:
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills;
  • Attention to detail, knowledge of AP Style;
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office;
  • Ability to work in a team environment;
  • An interest in non-profit communications, art, arts administration, or non-profit administration;
  • Photoshop, video editing, and design skills a plus;
  • Ability to commit to at least four months of interning.


This is an unpaid position. Interns receive a free one-year Artist Trust membership.
Please submit an email with a cover letter, résumé and “Communications Intern” in the subject line to amber(at)artisttrust.org by March 9, 2015.

Time Commitment : 10-20 hours per week.

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Benefit Art Auction Volunteers

Artist Trust 2015 Benefit Art Auction is one of Seattle’s most exciting fundraising events.  Amid one of a kind art work by local artists, performances and installations, and sumptuous food and drinks, Artist Trust raises money to continue supporting individual artists across Washington State.

Volunteers are the backbone of this event. From mailing invitations to setting up the space to pouring drinks, there are dozens of opportunities to make the night a success.  Please consider joining us at Artist Trust and the Seattle art community by volunteering your time and energy. Not only will you have a blast, but also by volunteering for 5 hours you receive a yearlong membership with Artist Trust!​

Follow this link to register: http://bit.ly/1zQ8Qoc

These are the positions that need volunteers.

PRE/POST EVENT POSITIONS
Locations: Fisher Pavilion/ Artist Trust Office

Auction Art Wall Builders
Work off the winter blahs with energizing physical labor! Here’s an opportunity to really make something happen – without walls, we cannot display our auction artwork.  Must be comfortable with tools (no more complicated than electric screwdrivers), lifting, and painting. Let us know if you can bring a power drill with a Phillips-head screw bit and/or stepladder, and be sure to wear your painting clothes!
Time Commitment
Thursday, March 5
9am-2pm or noon-5:00pm
Fisher Pavilion

Auction Artwork Unpacking & Layout
Experience handling visual art is an absolute must! Get an exciting first-hand peek at the auction art by unpacking it from transport boxes and preparing the artwork for installation!  Light lifting, active work, ability to handle art carefully is a must.
Time Commitment
Thursday March 5
5pm-8pm
Fisher Pavilion

Auction Clean-Up & Load Out (Post-Auction)
There’s a special place in “volunteer heaven”’ for our clean-up crew! Help us put it all away the day after the auction (loading and returning walls to storage). We will provide coffee and treats! Dress casually and be ready to get down and dirty with load out! Handiness with power tools and willingness to lift awkward objects is a plus. Let us know if you can bring a power drill with a Phillips-head screw bit and/or stepladder, and be sure to wear your moving clothes!  If you have a car with some cargo room, load up and help us drive things back to the office.
Time Commitment
Sunday, March 8
10am-3pm
Fisher Pavilion


DAY-OF-EVENT POSITIONS
Location: Fisher Pavilion

Auction Last Minute Prep Crew
Dress comfortably— be crafty!  You’ll be running around helping assemble centerpieces, hang decorations, and generally making sure everything is perfect for our guests before they arrive!
Time Commitment
Saturday, March 7th
12pm-5pm

Coat Check
Taking guests coats and storing them in a organized fashion, matching check numbers with guests, and ensuring guests leave with their correct coat at end of night. Will involve helping with the flow at the end of the evening.
Time Commitment
Saturday, March 7th
4pm-11pm

Auction Bartenders Assistant
Bartenders assistants are responsible for assisting the catering staff in pouring beverages and making sure drinks get out to guests in a timely manner.. Food or bar service is not required, but must have good customer service skills!
Comfortable shoes required – you will be on your feet—and dress in warm layers since your area may be drafty.
Time Commitment
Saturday, March 7
4:00pm to 10:00pm

End-of-Evening Guest Services
Greet our guests as the evening comes to a close, assisting with the flow of the check-out process, assisting with packages and transportation.  Offer the ‘white glove’ treatment to our generous donors so their last impression of the evening is picture-perfect.  Assist with basic break-down tasks at the end of the event.
Dress warm because you will be outside or near a drafty door (and even outdoors assisting art buyers as they load their vehicles)! Layers recommended.
Comfortable shoes required – you will be on your feet!
Time Commitment
Saturday, March 7
7pm-12am

Auction Art Wrappers
Experience handling visual art is a must! The art wrappers are responsible for getting the artwork wrapped, packaged and labeled well for pickup once it is auctioned off.  This is a great position for those who prefer to be behind the scenes. You will not be very visible as you will be behind the curtains, but it’s fun to see all the artwork up close and which bidder won which pieces!
Dress comfortably and casually, as this is active work and you may get a little dirty!
Time Commitment
Saturday, March 7
6:30 to 11:30 pm

Silent Auction Art Runners
Experience handling visual art is a must!  Silent Runners are responsible for closing the silent auction down by circling the highest bid on the silent auction sheets once the auctioneer announces the end of the silent auction section, taking sheets to be filed and then removing the work from the walls and taking it to the packing room.
Comfortable shoes required – you will be on your feet and will need to move quickly.
Time Commitment
Saturday, March 7
5pm-11pm

Live Auction Art Handlers / Models
Experience handling visual art is a must! Live Auction Art Handlers/ Models are responsible for taking the Live Auction art off the wall, in order, and taking it up to stage to the auctioneer. These volunteers must wear all black, handle art with care, and be comfortable on stage. Once the work has been sold onstage, the handler then carries the art to the packing room.
Comfortable shoes required – you will be on your feet and will need to move quickly.
Arrive at 5 for training, you will begin your serious WORK at 7:30.
Time Commitment
Saturday, March 7
5pm-11pm

Live Auction Spotters & Golden Ticket Sellers
GOLD COSTUME REQUIRED
GOLDEN TICKET SELLERS: The Golden Ticket is a raffle ticket that gets drawn before the Live Auction begins. The winner of the Golden Ticket wins an artwork of their choice from the live auction. The Golden Ticket is sold in groups of four for $100. Once the buyer has purchased their ticket, you give them a blinky ring to wear which signifies they are a buyer as well as their tickets. You must record their names and number of tickets on the clipboard. Then, during the Live Auction, the Golden Ticket Sellers will deliver a gift to the winner of each Live Auction item and help with traffic flow at the end of the evening during check-out.  Wear GOLD!

Time Commitment : Varies (See Full Position Descriptions for more information)

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Seeking Volunteers Year-Round

Volunteering is a great way to support Washington artists and Artist Trust! There are opportunities to volunteer all year; the Annual Benefit Art Auction in February is the event that requires the most volunteers, before, during and after.

Please email info(at)artisttrust.org to help us match you with volunteer opportunities.

As a thank you, when you volunteer for five hours or more, you receive an annual membership to Artist Trust, as well as our extreme gratitude and a fun atmosphere!

Time Commitment : Varies

Apply now