The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

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Volunteer Opportunities


Lend a hand at the MAH and plug into a creative community of people like you.

Volunteers at the MAH are on the frontlines of events, exhibitions, and unforgettable experiences for our community. When you’re volunteering here, you directly help to build a stronger, more connected Santa Cruz County– whether you’re welcoming visitors into a gallery, facilitating hands-on activities, helping to set up a festival, restoring a historic cemetery, or working on a project with staff.

Sign-up now

…and RSVP for the next MAH Volunteer Orientation on Thursday, June 21st from 5:30-6:30pm.

Want to try before signing up? Lend a hand at an upcoming MAH event.

If you are a current MAH Volunteer, click here to log-in to your portal.

Click here to log your hours.

Evergreen Cemetery Restoration & Research

With the help of some serious volunteer-powered digging, planting, and beautifying, Evergreen is seeing its best days as a historic landmark and resting place for Santa Cruz’s earliest pioneers. Help with restoration efforts or with research projects and genealogical inquiries. Evergreen Restoration Volunteers are comfortable with gardening tools (for ivy digging, weed removing, and dirt shoveling) […]

Art Ambassadors

Be the welcoming face of MAH exhibitions. Invite visitors deeper to explore on their own. Encourage them to look AND touch the interactive parts of each show. No expertise needed– you’ll be trained on the spot. You: outgoing, friendly, passionate talking about local art and history and being on your feet for 2 or 3 […]

Event Squad

Lend a hand. Bartend. Lead an art activity. Greet folks. Be the MAH’s little (big) helper. There are a LOT of events at the MAH, and your personality, muscles, and love of being around people helps make these events even better for hundreds of visitors every month. You: are a flexible, outgoing, courteous, energetic people-person […]

Specific Skills

Do you have a skill to share that you don’t see listed above? The MAH is always excited to work with handy-people, marketing or development consultants, Google Analytics or website wizards, 3D photography experts or community members with a good brain for ideas. Make sure to include your skill when completing the form below. Click […]

Volunteering with School Programs

Empower youth through art and history! Lead energetic, interactive school field trips that fuse Santa Cruz history with dynamic art making. Come build community by volunteering with School Programs! What is a Community Builder? Community Builders are like tour guides, but so much more. You’ll empower youth with immersive explorations throughout our entire museum, integrating both […]