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Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle / Seeks Volunteers

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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 PCNW is a great opportunity, thank you for considering this important role. Volunteers must be 18 or older to apply.

-Shifts are short (4.5 hours) and as little as one day/week
-For lab monitors, it’s a 10 week, quarterly commitment
-Free facility usage 1 day per week (Paper and ink fees still apply)
-Free facility week at the end of each quarter (Paper and ink fees still apply)

Analog Darkroom & Studio Monitor
Looking to learn more about setting up a darkroom? Our darkroom monitors mix and check the chemistry, set up the enlargers, and become familiar with the various lenses and equipment required in image making. They are immersed in the community and have the opportunity to learn from and help other people who are passionate about the darkroom. (3-4.5 hr per week)

Digital Lab Monitor
Monitors in the digital lab are trained to operate and calibrate the large format printers and monitors. Their role is to help facilitate creation for members and students using the computers and scanners, as well as printing their final works. Digital lab monitors learn a unique set of skills that can help improve their knowledge of digital mediums and the translation to physical form. Basic skills with Adobe Photoshop and Mac platforms is required. (3-4.5 hr per week)

Gallery Program Volunteer
Work with our gallery coordinator as we hang a new show. Learn how to handle works of art and different techniques for hanging pieces.  This job includes prepping and painting the gallery walls, unpacking and tracking artwork, installation layout, and applying wall signage. Being a gallery volunteer helps you to gain a well-rounded idea of what happens behind the scenes and the amount of work and passion that goes into PCNW. Training is provided. Minimum commitment: 3-6 hours. Exhibitions rotate approximately every 6-12 weeks.

Event 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 volunteering for our two major annual events – Long Shot (June 9-16, 2018) and our annual benefit auction (October 13, 2017). We are looking for volunteers who can be positive, pro-active, connected team members to help with anything and everything!

Volunteer Photographer/Videographer
Help us capture the community at our events and gallery receptions. Take installation shots of our exhibitions and facilities. We seek individuals with a creative eye that can help us produce content for effective marketing, cultivation and grant proposals.

PCNW Cleaning Crew
Do you ever get that bug to organize and clean something? Join the Thursday morning cleaning crew and help us keep our darkrooms, labs and classrooms fresh & tidy. The least glamorous, but most fun volunteer opportunity. Pick up a mop or broom, turn on the tunes and help beautify PCNW. Minimum commitment: 2 hours.

Applications available online.
Contact:  Ann Pallesen|Partnerships Manager

Eligible media

Arts-Related, Photography, Visual Arts, Non-Profit Orgs.