GET INVOLVED

As a small nonprofit arts space, volunteers make a big difference in our ability to support local artists and audiences. We need people who are passionate about keeping the arts in the East Bay to help at every level — from gallery sitting and installing exhibitions, to providing extra office support and working on committees. For those who can give both time and a significant annual financial contribution, we also have opportunities to join our board of directors.

At a time when many arts organizations are struggling to stay open, it’s critical for the artists and visitors of Berkeley Art Center to ensure that we can thrive and grow. Your time and expertise are invaluable to our operations.

Check out the roles we have available below. For more information and to receive your volunteer application, please email info@berkeleyartcenter.org or give us a call at 510.644.6893.

We look forward to meeting you!
 

Volunteer Roles


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Event Assistant

The Event Assistant serves as a key staff member at Berkeley Art Center events. This is a fun way to meet artists, gallerists, collectors, and curators. This is good fit for social, detail-oriented individuals who love to work at a quick pace.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist with event set up and break down.

  • Check in attendees.

  • Set up and serve food and drinks; refresh supplies and clean up.

Time Commitment: Days vary, year round

Qualifications: Some experience working events; comfortable working with a high volume of people; friendly and outgoing.

Support: Training for this position will be provided. Also, the Administrative Manager will be available for questions and assistance.


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Installation Assistant

Berkeley Art Center presents free exhibitions to the public. The Installation Assistant serves as an assistant to the preparators during installation and de-installation. This is our most popular volunteer role. It is a good fit for people who love to be hands on, solve problems, and enjoy tangible results. Should be comfortable using hand tools and climbing a ladder. Attention to detail appreciated.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with curator and staff to prepare and disassemble exhibitions.

  • Prep and paint gallery before installations.  

  • Responsible for organizing contracts between artist and gallery.

  • Handle artwork, including packing and storing works of various mediums.

  • Prepare labels for display.

Time Commitment: Shifts every 4–8 weeks when exhibitions change; approx Wednesday–Friday, 11am–5pm

Qualifications: Organized and detail-oriented; prior experience handling art helpful.

Support: Training for this position will be provided. Also, the Administrative Manager will be available for questions and assistance.


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Front Desk Assistant

Berkeley Art Center presents free exhibitions to the public. The Front Desk Assistant serves as a receptionist supporting Berkeley Art Center’s mission of serving artists and thinkers to create compelling exhibitions and programs that explore the social and political concerns of our diverse community. The Front Desk Assistant represents BAC to gallery visitors and other members of the public.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Answer phone and take messages.

  • Greet guests and answer general questions about the gallery, exhibition and programs.

  • Open and distribute mail.

  • Enter donations and other records in the database.

  • Proofread copy when time allows.

  • Aid in the preparation of bulk mailings.

  • Prepare correspondence as needed.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Time Commitment: One day per week (Wednesday–Friday) for three hours (11am–2pm or 2pm–5pm), for a minimum of three months.

Qualifications: Basic knowledge of computer and data entry. Pleasant manner, patience, problem-solving ability, dependability.

Support: Training for this position will be provided. The Administrative Manager will be available for questions and assistance.


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Facility Assistant

As a small art space in a natural setting, the Berkeley Art Center relies on Facility Assistants to help provide organization and upkeep of the building and grounds. The center requires careful and thoughtful maintenance with duties that coincide with the changing seasons. The Facility Assistant aids in the repair of the center building, grounds, and equipment. This is a perfect fit for someone who loves handywork, gardening and working outside in a natural setting!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Landscape and grounds care, including quarterly clean-up days

  • Check supply inventory monthly

  • Assist in the repair of buildings and facilities

  • Perform janitorial and general maintenance duties, including sweeping, mopping, trash removal, and cleaning of restrooms

Time Commitment: One day per week (Wednesday–Friday) for three hours (11am–2pm or 2pm–5pm), for a minimum of three months.

Qualifications:

  • Experience in facilities maintenance

  • Be able to lift 50 pounds

  • Comfortable climbing a ladder

Support: Training for this position will be provided. The Administrative Manager will be available for questions and assistance.


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Social Media and Marketing Assistant

The Social Media and Marketing Assistant works with the Administrative Manager and Executive Director for planning, implementing and monitoring Berkeley Art Center’s social media strategy in order to increase awareness and improve outreach to the community. If you have a keen visual eye, research skills, and a knack for writing, get in touch with us!

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with the BAC staff to create, schedule, and oversee social media content on Facebook and Instagram

  • Help implement and manage social media strategy

  • Post events on local publication event calendars

  • Occasionally draft e-newsletters following BAC’s style guide

  • Measure the success of social media campaigns through the use of analytics

Time Commitment: 4-8 hours per month

Qualifications:

  • Excellent knowledge of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

  • Excellent multitasking, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

  • Press release writing experience preferred.

Support: Training for this position will be provided. The Administrative Manager will be available for questions and assistance.