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 learn more about becoming an AHC volunteer, or if you have questions about your volunteer work, please contact Dave Johnson, AHC volunteer coordinator.
Position: 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!
Finally, please note:
As per our COVID safety protocols, you are required to wear a face covering while on the AHC premises and while volunteering.
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.
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.
To learn more about current issues, visit our blog.
The Collections Committee reviews and makes collections management policy and deaccession recommendations in collaboration with staff. Collections Committee members and other volunteers also assist with artifact, library, and archival inventory; cataloging; storage; and other hands-on collection related projects. Committee members and other volunteers working in collections should have a background in museum or library work and/or an interest in architecture, art history, historic preservation, material culture, and related fields. We also welcome volunteers with specialized skills such as artifact photography, digitization, or with a working knowledge of specific artifact types (e.g., light fixtures, wallpaper, wooden or metal architectural ornament, architectural drawings).
Visit our collections page for information about our artifact and archive collections.
The Education Committee assists program staff with an extensive roster of public programs and tours focused on Portland area architecture, history, and culture. Committee members may develop and deliver presentations or tours, recommend presenters, help with day of event activities, or assist staff and/or consultants with exhibition content development. In addition, Committee members are encouraged to learn and deliver recurring presentations that are part of the AHC’s core educational curriculum (e.g., Portland 101) and/or to serve as docents for exhibits, walking tours, or the historic West’s Block building, where the Architectural Heritage Center is located. Public speaking experience and knowledge of local history, architecture, and/or historic preservation is desirable.
Visit our public programs and exhibitions pages to see what’s happening now.
If you’re interested in this work, please fill out this form.