We need your help! 

Our work relies on the skills and support of volunteers. The AHC has both ongoing volunteer opportunities and special projects, so check this page regularly for news and updates and subscribe to our e-news to receive volunteer opportunity alerts. If you would like to apply to be an AHC volunteer, or inquire about a volunteer opportunity, please fill out an application below.

Programs and Education Committee

The AHC Programs and Education Committee helps grow and strengthen the impact, relevance, audience reach, and diversification of AHC programs, including exhibits, publications, tours, and other projects, and provides a supportive relationship to the AHC staff’s work to deliver high-quality programs. The committee reviews program directions and initiatives to help us meet our strategic initiatives and fulfill our inclusion/diversity/equity/accessibility (IDEA) goals so that our programs serve different audience groups, are inclusive, and grow our outreach. Volunteers should be able to commit for a 2-year period and attend 4-6 meetings per year.

We invite participation from those who have experience in public programming in cultural or heritage institutions, architecture/preservation centers, museums, or other related institutions. As we seek a diverse committee, we encourage applications from persons of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented communities.

The Programs and Education Committee is a reframing of the AHC’s long-standing Education Committee to reflect current organizational priorities, goals, and needs. Programs and education are instrumental to our work, and many dedicated volunteers have been an important part of this work.

We are not currently recruiting volunteers for the AHC Programs and Education Committee, but if you’re interested in joining this committee, we’d love to hear from you. Please fill out an application (see below), and we will contact you during the next recruitment cycle, or we will let you know if we have related volunteer opportunities. 

Visitor Services Representative

Visitor Services volunteers manage our museum’s front desk, with training and oversight from AHC staff. As a Visitor Services volunteer you are an ambassador of our organization, and you help people get involved in the AHC. We’re looking for people who have great customer service ability, an interest in meeting and serving our guests, and love to share our mission and work!   

The AHC gallery is located at 701 SE Grand in Portland’s Central Eastside and is open to the public Thursday through Saturday 11:00am to 5:00pm.  

There are two volunteer shifts: mornings from 10:45am-2pm and afternoons from 1:45pm-5:15pm. A minimum commitment of two 3-hour shifts per month is required.  

As a Visitor Services volunteer, you get to:  

  • Greet visitors to the museum and AHC, track visitation, and provide information about the AHC’s current and upcoming exhibits and other programs  
  • Share information about the AHC’s historic West Block building (1883) and answer questions about the AHC’s neighborhood, the Central Eastside Industrial District 
  • Open and close the galleries (dependent on shift); turn on/off exhibits; circulate regularly in the galleries to check on visitors and see if the exhibits need any cleaning or repair   
  • Be aware of security and emergency procedures 
  • Help ensure visitors follow the COVID-related protocols in place to keep everyone safe, like wearing face coverings or maintaining social distancing 
  • Periodically sanitize the front desk area and museum areas 
  • Answer multi-line telephone, transfer calls to staff, take messages, and respond to inquiries about AHC accurately and politely. Answer routine email inquiries.  
  • Take program registrations, sell memberships and merchandise; record daily transactions and close out the register 
  • Assist with programs, outreach, fundraising, and administrative tasks that match your skills and interests 

We’re looking for folks who have:  

  • Basic computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office programs, especially Word, Outlook email, and Internet search skills 
  • Ability to learn the basics of our contact database 
  • Ability to handle credit and cash transactions  
  • Comfort interacting with public visitors, staff, and other volunteers; a professional manner and appearance 
  • Dependability and consistency working assigned shifts, on-time arrival to fill your scheduled shift  
  • Good judgement and ability to work independently, but you also know when to ask for help 
  • And of course, an interest in architecture/design, art, culture, history or historic preservation!  

This volunteer position may require remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods. The position may require repeating motions that may include arms, wrists, hands and/or fingers. 


Fill out this form if you’re interested in the Programs and Education Committee or Visitor Services.

For the Programs and Education Commitee, when you tell us about yourself, please answer these questions when filling out the form below:

  • Why are you interested in serving on this committee? Also, tell us what you like about AHC programs or what you think could be improved upon.
  • Tell us about your experience in public programming in cultural/heritage institutions, architecture/preservation centers, museums, or other similar institutions.


Volunteer Application Visitor Services

  • Please provide your contact information and let us know a little about yourself.

Other volunteer opportunities

including AHC Walking Tour docent or Advocacy Committee



Lead a walking tour! This is a great opportunity if you have an interest in exploring the history and architecture of Portland neighborhoods, and in sharing that with others. Training sessions are provided. Fill out the form below, and we can send you more information.

The Advocacy Committee supports a unique sense of place in Portland while recognizing the diversity of the city’s built fabric and cultural heritage. The Advocacy Committee takes public positions on vital matters in preservation that support the past, present, and future of Portland and its communities. Committee members attend monthly meetings, research current issues in preservation, raise community awareness of issues, assist with outreach to local leaders, deliver written or oral testimony on policies, and serve as AHC representatives on issue-based external committees convened by local, county, and state bodies. You do not have to be an expert in preservation or advocacy to participate in this volunteer committee; a passion for Portland and a willingness to learn is most important.

Other opportunities:

  • Fundraising and marketing assistance, including membership and online auction development 
  • Special events planning and management
  • Community-sourced/volunteer-driven programs, such as like music event, pop-up exhibits, and more
  • Graphic design and photography
  • Office and administrative assistance

To learn more about current issues, visit our blog.

  • Areas of Interest