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Become a Volunteer!

The volunteer team at the Petersen is second to none.

Our corps of enthusastic volunteers provide a valuable service to the Petersen Automotive Museum. Volunteers come from all walks of life but share one thing in common: an interest in educating and helping others.

Volunteers are involved in all aspects of the Museum’s educational mission from conducting tours for various groups to promoting the Museum at off-site outreach events. We have two types of volunteer positions: docents and ambassadors.

Internships: the Petersen Automotive Museum provides a number of great opportunities for students to get on-the-job training in a fast-paced, professional environment.

Volunteer Ambassadors

We are currently seeking enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to support the Museum as Ambassadors.

Duties:

  • Engage with the visiting public as a greeter in the main Museum entrance/lobby
  • Inform visitors about our public programs while working at the 2nd Floor Information Desk
  • Promote Museum memberships
  • Provide guests with assistance in the galleries as needed
  • Represent the Petersen on and off site at Museum events and car shows, and assist within other Museum departments as needed

Requirements:

  • Interview
  • Weekly commitment (shift times and durations may vary)
  • Successful completion of training workshop(s)
  • Become a Museum member

Training for the next class of Volunteer Ambassadors is coming up! Training for the Fall 2013 Class takes place over three Monday evening sessions from 7pm-9pm: September 30, October 7, and October 14. Attendance at all three sessions is mandatory. Additional/alternate training sessions may be scheduled.

Download an application today!

 

Volunteer Docents

Volunteer applications are accepted on a rolling basis but please note that we are not actively seeking volunteer docents at this time. Check back soon for updates regarding the next docent training class! To learn more about being a docent, please read below.

Duties:

 

  • Lead guided tours for scheduled groups: school groups, car clubs, senior groups etc.
  • Lead the daily free guided tour, open to all Museum guests
  • Assist in the 3rd Floor Discovery Center as needed
  • Provide guests with assistance in the galleries as needed
  • Promote the Petersen on and off site at Museum events and car shows, and assist within other Museum departments as needed

Requirements:

  • Interview
  • Minimum of 6 hours of service per month equaling 72 hours per year
  • Minimum 1 year contract
  • Successful completion of eight-week training course
  • Become a Museum member

Download an application today!

 

Additional Volunteer Information

The Petersen accepts volunteer applications on an ongoing basis throughout the year. We are actively recruiting for Volunteer Ambassadors at this time. (Applications for Volunteer Docents will be kept on file until the next docent training class is scheduled.)

No prior knowledge of the automobile is required; just a willingness to learn!

Please note that a background check is required for all volunteers.

Please download one of the forms using the links above and mail, fax, or email the completed form to:

Jennifer Simpson, Manager of Education
6060 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: (323) 964-6358
Fax: (323) 964-6422
jsimpson@petersen.org

Marketing Internship

Position Summary:

The Marketing Assistant will gain valuable experience and contacts in Marketing and Public Relations through administrative functions within the Marketing Department.

Essential Functions:

  • Work with the Marketing Director and Marketing Assistant to create promotional campaigns.
  • Create, maintain, and distribute press kits.
  • Archive press that has been received by the Petersen Automotive Museum.
  • Answer phones in Marketing Department.
  • Fulfill basic media requests for images and information.
  • Research contacts for upcoming events and promotions.
  • Grow and maintain contact list to expand media presence.
  • Grow and maintain contact list to expand car club presence.
  • Assist with film and photo shoots, both internal and with the media.
  • Assist with promotional events.
  • Basic photo editing and resizing.

Requirements:

Proficient in Word, Excel, writing, and basic skills in Photoshop. Applicant must have the ability to adapt to opportunities as they arise, have the ability to multitask, think creatively, solve problems, and have excellent organizational skills.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Perform other work-related duties as assigned.

 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; multiple positions are available. Selected interns may start immediately.

Please send a resume and cover letter to Chris Brown:

6060 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036 cbrown@petersen.org

Thank you!

 

Curatorial Internship

Position Summary:

The duties of the Curatorial Department Intern are focused on the research and interpretation of vehicles and related objects. The Curatorial Department Intern will assist with study of the collection by providing basic research and administrative support. To enhance the overall museum experience, the incumbent may be asked to participate in Museum public outreach programs and assist during appropriate stages of exhibit production.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist with department research projects, namely those relating to upcoming exhibit topics
  • Organize vehicle/object research files
  • Participate in select staff meetings and committee meetings
  • Assist with other duties relating to collecting, identifying, documenting, sorting, preserving, and restoring museum collections

Other Responsibilities:

  • Assist with exhibit installation and de-installation
  • Assist with the physical development of select phases of new exhibit production
  • Perform other work-related duties as assigned by supervisor.

 

Education, Experience and Skills Required:

  • Enrolment in an appropriate College or University degree program in history, museum studies, or related field
  • Strong written communication, research, and organizational skills; detail-oriented work profile
  • Computer proficiency
  • Team player who can smoothly manage interoffice activity and work well with deadlines

 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; multiple positions are available. Selected interns may start immediately.

Please send a resume and cover letter to:

6060 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
lkendall@petersen.org

Thank you!

 

Archives and Collections Internship

Position Summary:

The duties of the Archives and Collections Intern are focused on the long-term care, maintenance, and preservation of collections artifacts, vehicles, library and archives, and related objects. The Intern will assist with the preservation and maintenance program, participate in researching appropriate preservation and maintenance methods, assist with preserving and maintaining collections artifacts in accordance with accepted methods, and maintain accurate records of work completed.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist with the preservation, maintenance, restoration, and repair of museum collection objects
  • Assist with managing the general maintenance program and schedule
  • Perform maintenance, conservation, restoration, and repair tasks as needed or assigned
  • Maintain contact with outside contractors hired to perform restoration, maintenance, and preservation tasks as needed or assigned
  • Participate in the evaluation of potential donations, loans or purchases
  • Maintain function and appearance of vehicle shop and equipment
  • Track equipment, parts, and supplies needs
  • Assist with transportation of incoming and outgoing vehicles
  • Handle special projects as assigned
  • Adhere to maintenance requirements for the collection
  • Assist with light maintenance of loaned vehicles and artifacts
  • Participate in installation and maintenance of exhibited vehicles and artifacts
  • Cataloging tasks
  • Keep records of work performed and report on progress of restoration and maintenance tasks
  • Lift 30+ pounds and spend extended periods standing

Education/Experience/Skills Required:

Pursuing a degree in art history, history, library science, museum studies, archival studies, automotive technology, or related field or possessing related experience.

Schedule:

Work schedule and hourly requirements are flexible.

 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; multiple positions are available. Selected interns may start immediately.

Please send a resume and cover letter to Paige Wheeler:

6060 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036 pwheeler@petersen.org.

Thank you!

 

Education Internship

Position Summary:

The duties of the Education Department Intern are focused on the preparation and execution of various ongoing Education Department programs.  The intern will primarily be responsible for teaching in the Museum’s K-2 school tour program. In addition to teaching in the K-2 school tour program, interns will lead the weekly Discovery Hour activities for families with children under 6 years old, assist with 3rd floor Discovery Center duties, and possible other one-time Education workshops or events, such as Homeschool Day. The right candidate is currently pursuing a career in either museum education or teaching. This position requires strong customer service and communication skills, and candidates must have experience working with children. Flexibility is a must and interest and knowledge of arts and crafts techniques is desired. Interest in cars is a plus but not a necessity.  Some weekend hours may be necessary.

Essential Functions:

  • Teach in our K-2 school tour programs
  • Plan, prep, and facilitate the weekly Discovery Hour activity
  • Assist Petersen Education Department staff with Education programs
  • Prepare materials and create examples for hands-on art and design workshops

Other Responsibilities:

  •  Perform other work-related duties as assigned by supervisor
  •  May be asked to perform duties on behalf of other Museum departments to further the work of the Museum

Education, Experience and Skills Required:

  • Enrollment in a College or University degree program in education, teaching, art, child development, museum education or related field
  • Strong experience working with children in either formal or informal education settings
  • Team player who can smoothly manage interoffice activity and meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs.

 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; multiple positions are available.

Please send a resume and cover letter to Sarah Reck, Youth and Family Programs Coordinator:

6060 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
sreck@petersen.org

Thank you!

 

Teen Internship

The Petersen Teen Intern Program is in its second year at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Available for students entering 11th and 12th grade,  interning at the Petersen gives you the opportunity to gain professional experience in a museum setting, earn community service credit, take part in workshops and classes related to the Petersen’s collection of over 300 automobiles, as well as the chance to collaborate with peers from all over Los Angeles.

Petersen teens are required to intern at least twice a week and must commit for a time period of at least five weeks (July 7 through August 8, 2014). Upon completion of the program, students receive a Certificate of Recognition. Following the five week commitment, some students may be given the option to continue their volunteer services at the Museum.

Petersen Teens will assist in the following areas around the Museum:

•May Family Discovery Center: The Discovery Center is a hands-on, interactive learning area for children and families of all ages. Teen Interns will assist visiting children and families, help with birthday parties and school groups, and lead craft activities on a regular basis.

•Behind the Scenes:  Interning at the Petersen, teens will have the rare opportunity to work behind the scenes at a Museum, working with Museum professionals in various departments throughout the Museum. Duties will range from administrative (mailings, database maintenance, and program set up) to the creative (planning craft activities, creating summer camp lessons etc.)

•Summer Camp:  The bulk of the internship will be assisting with the three week summer camp. Duties will include: prepping crafts and supplies, working directly with campers (assisting with arts and crafts), as well as setup and cleanup of camp activities on a daily basis.A letter stating earned community service hours is available upon request.

How to Apply:
Click here for an application. Please return your completed application to Sarah Reck, Youth and Family Programs Coordinator by June 20, 2014. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.
 Mail, email, or fax your completed applications to:

Sarah Reck
Youth and Family Programs Coordinator
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
sreck@petersen.org
Fax: 323-964-6422