SDCHM volunteers contribute their time, talents and energy, helping our mission in many valuable ways. Volunteering offers rewarding opportunities for growth and personal enrichment. Enhance visitors’ understanding of the history of San Diego. Conduct tours of our dynamic exhibitions. Work with our collections and brush up on your library skills. Join like-minded individuals and meet new people, gain knowledge, experience and help tell the story of our community.
Docents facilitate interactive, inquiry-based tours of our sites and of San Diego's historic Chinatown for adult and school groups. The SDCHM Docent Training team provides instruction for prospective docents. A one-year commitment is required.
Education program volunteers support the Museum's offerings for schools and organized groups, assisting with SDCHM Classroom Exhibit Presentations and hands-on workshops.
Operations volunteers help with basic aspects involved in running the Museum; such as collecting admissions fees, supporting data entry efforts, organizing files, and other tasks.
Special Events volunteers assist staff with special events (on- and offsite) on an as-needed basis. Events generally occur after hours or on weekends. Duties and hours vary depending on type and size of event. No minimum time commitment is required.
Collections volunteers work closely with the staff on data entry and cataloguing of the SDCHM collections (objects of everyday life, historic clothing and textiles, decorative and fine art). Knowledge of museum terminology helpful; experience working with computers and willingness to sit at a computer for extended periods of time; attention to detail and accuracy a must along with legible and neat handwriting.
If you are 18+ years old, click below to fill out the Volunteer Application Form to apply online for all opportunities. We will contact you to schedule an interview or invite you to an orientation. Thank you for your interest!
If you are 15 to 17 years old, click below to fill out the Volunteer Application Form to apply online for select opportunities. Please note, it will be necessary to ask a parent or guardian to provide their consent and contact information in order to submit the form. We will contact you to schedule an interview or invite you to an orientation. Thank you for your interest!