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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. Benefit Art Auction Volunteers
  2. Seeking Volunteers Year-Round
Benefit Art Auction Volunteers

ARTIST TRUST ANNUAL BENEFIT ART AUCTION 2016
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers are an integral part of Artist Trust’s annual Benefit Art Auction – and we would love to have you join our team! Help us raise funds to directly support Artist Trust’s grant programs and professional resources. This is the perfect opportunity to help create one of the most exciting art happenings in Seattle, working with local artists and arts patrons and using your project management skills, people skills, and interest in event production.

The Auction will take place on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Fisher Pavilion.
Working for three or more hours earns you an annual membership to Artist Trust!
Refreshments and basic snacks provided for all shifts, but feel free to bring something extra to keep your body moving!
Volunteering for an evening shift on February 27th gets you into the action of this exciting event.
For those working the event, we ask all volunteers to wear something considered Dressy Casual. We’re celebrating our 30th anniversary, and we ask that you wear your best 1980’s duds - neon encouraged!
Please wear comfortable shoes for moving quickly on the cement floor. Super important! We don’t want you limping by the end of the evening.
Auction night volunteers will eat a simple dinner in the back room. Event volunteers will not be seated at guest tables, and will not be served alcohol. Please note that you will be assigned to a specific team with a team captain, but we all need to be flexible and ready for special assignments throughout the night.

Below are a list of the volunteer positions and the time commitments needed. Please review the opportunities to find one that’s right for you!

I encourage you to READ FULL VOLUNTEER POSITION DESCRIPTIONS before signing up. There will be a place on the signup form to let us know your first and second choice of the open volunteer positions.
*Please note that some positions may be full already or we may need you and your amazing skills for another position.

If you would like to volunteer for the Artist Trust Auction 2016, PLEASE CLICK HERE​ and provide/update the information requested.

If you have additional questions about these opportunities or the event, please contact us at: jodi@artisttrust.org. Thank you, and we look forward to working with you!


PRE/POST EVENT POSITIONS
Locations: Fisher Pavilion/ Artist Trust Office /Pivot Art + Culture


Food and Beverage Assistants
Assist in setup for the event as well as serving food and beverages to guests. It would be great if you had previous server or food/beverage experience.
Time Commitment:
Feb 17th, 5:30pm to 9:15pm
Location:
Pivot Art + Culture in South Lake Union

Name Tag and Bidder Packet Assembly
With the event only days away and a crew working hard on-site, we’ll need some reliable folks to make sure that everything is ready to go back at the office. For these tasks, it’s helpful if you’re able to commit to working the entire duration of the 5-hour shift.
Time Commitment
Thursday, February 25
Friday, February 26
10:00am to 4:00pm
Artist Trust offices

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, February 25
9:00am-2:00pm or 12:00pm-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, and ability to handle art carefully is a must.
Time Commitment
Thursday, February 25
5:00pm-8:00pm
Fisher Pavilion

Art Installers
Experience installing art in a gallery or other professional setting is required.  Please bring your toolbox and stepladder.
Friday, February 26
9:00am to 3:00pm
Fisher Pavilion

Art Installation Assistant
Come lend a hand as the white-glove experts install the art for the show! Must be comfortable with power tools and lifting, as well as experienced in handling visual art. Let us know if you can bring tools, a power drill, and/or stepladder, and be sure to wear comfortable clothes!
Time Commitment
Friday, February 26
9:00am-3:00pm
Fisher Pavilion

Auction Clean-Up & Load Out
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, February 28
10:00am-3:00pm
Fisher Pavilion

Post-Auction Office Crew
We’d love your help after the auction! Be a part of the post-auction crew at the Artist Trust offices by helping us with light clean-up tasks and thank-you mailing preparation.
Time Commitment
Monday, February 29
10:00am-1:00pm
Artist Trust offices

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, February 27
12:00pm-5:00pm

Coat Check
This shift is long but you will have a nice break in the middle when guests are not arriving or departing. Coat Check will welcome our guests and guard their precious belongings so that they can be worry free and focus on buying art!
Comfortable shoes required – you will be on your feet – and dress warm as you will be near a drafty door!
Time Commitment
Saturday, February 27
4:00pm-11:00pm

All-purpose Event Assistants
All-purpose Assistants will be our flexible, on-the-ground troops. You’ll help the event run smoothly by filling in other positions as needed, acting as gofers, and supporting the team captains and event organizer.
Comfortable shoes required – you will be on your feet.
Time Commitment
Saturday, February 27
5:00pm-12:00am

Auction Bartender Assistant
Bartenders assistants are responsible for assisting the catering staff in stocking the bars, opening bottles, keeping the service area clean and any additional tasks as directed by the catering/bar manager.  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, February 27
4:00pm to 10:00pm

Volunteer Buffet Monitor
One good person needed backstage to keep the volunteers’ food buffet well-stocked and the volunteer hospitality area tidy! Your fellow volunteers will love you for this!
Time Commitment
Saturday, February 27
5:00pm-11:00pm

Auction Greeters
Early shift greeters are responsible for welcoming guests upon their arrival, directing traffic flow and answering any questions as guests wait to register. Greeters should know the event forward and backwards such as; the check-in and check-out procedure, where the restrooms are, the coat check, the schedule of events.
Dress warm because you will be outside or near a drafty door! Layers recommended.
Comfortable shoes required – you will be on your feet!
Time Commitment
Saturday, February 27
4:00pm-9:00pm

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, February 27
7:00pm-12:00am

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, February 27
6:30pm to 11:30 pm

Artwork Pick-Up Customer Service
Experience handling visual art and a friendly Customer Service attitude is a must! In addition to serving as part of the Auction Art Wrappers team, this position requires you to be the liaison between the patrons and their art they have bought. You will be responsible for ensuring the artwork is given to the correct winning bidder. You will be interacting with patrons and coordinating with the behind the scene art wrappers.
Wear comfortable shoes!
Time Commitment
Saturday, February 27
6:30pm to 11:30pm

Live Auction Clerk
Record (with perfect accuracy) the sale price and winner’s bid number for each Live Auction piece. Good penmanship and accuracy required. You will create the official bill of sale, providing the only paper trail. Not handling art – sitting, listening, focusing.
Arrive at 5 for training, you will begin your serious WORK at 7:30.
Time Commitment
Saturday, February 27
5:00pm-10:00pm

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, February 27
5:00pm-11:00pm

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, February 27
5:00pm-11:00pm

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!

SPOTTERS: Spotters are the eyes of the auctioneer. Spotters keep an eye on bidders and point to them in the audience during the live auction. Must be willing to draw attention to yourself, interact with guests, and help with traffic flow at the end of the evening during check-out.
Comfortable shoes required – you will be on your feet and will need to move quickly.
Time Commitment
Saturday, February 27
4:00pm-11:00pm

Live Auction Gift Team
During the live auction the highest and second highest bidders are identified and receive gifts. This team moves quickly through the crowd to award the gift. Must be attentive, interact with guests and be excited!
Comfortable shoes required- you will be moving quickly.
Time Commitment
Saturday, February 27
5:00pm-11:00pm

Artist Liaison
Assisting performing artists before and after, setting up and taking down the installation pieces. Must be able to lift heavy objects and move fast within a crowd.
Time Commitment
Saturday, February 27
4:00pm-9:00pm

Time Commitment : Varies - please see descriptions above for specific information.

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