Volunteer Opportunities

We need YOU!

The Reach is a vibrant and creative environment for volunteers. If you would like to use your time and talents to contribute to the arts and cultural life of Abbotsford, we are the place!

Perks of  Volunteering at The Reach 

  • Help provide a valued service to the community
  • Meet interesting new people
  • Get involved in exciting special events and programs
  • Get the inside scoop on exhibitions and collections
  • Enhance your resumé and gain practical work experience
  • Once volunteers have completed 15 hours of service in a year, they are entitled to receive a complimentary individual membership.
  • Once volunteers have completed 30 hours of service in a year, they are entitled to receive one FREE ticketed event (this excludes fundraisers)
  • Have fun!
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The minimum age for volunteering at The Reach is 18.

All volunteers with The Reach are required to undergo a police security check.

GALLERY ATTENDANT        

Are you passionate about art, culture, and heritage? Do you love sharing your knowledge with others? Do you enjoy chatting with new people? If you answered yes to these questions then you sound like a Gallery Attendant! This important volunteer position ensures that our visitors have a great experience and our exhibitions are safe.

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Tasks Include:

  • Monitoring the exhibition spaces in an effort to keep our visitors and exhibitions safe
  • Providing information to visitors about the exhibitions
  • Assisting with special events

Scheduling: Gallery attendant shifts occur weekly Tuesday-Sunday and are 2-3 hours in length.

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

programmingDo you enjoy cutting, gluing, painting, and working with students? Then this is the volunteer opportunity for you! We host bi-weekly Sunday Family Art programs, as well as art camps during Pro-D Days, Spring Break, and Summer Break.

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Tasks Include:

  • Working with kids and families
  • Preparing supplies for art projects
  • Supporting participants and instructors
  • Assisting with set-up and cleanup

Scheduling: Art programs take place morning, afternoon, and evening throughout the week.

SPECIAL EVENTS SUPPORT

Do you enjoy variety? Are you friendly and outgoing? The Reach hosts a number of special events throughout the year, and we’re always looking for volunteers to assist with everything from opening receptions and cultural celebrations, to rentals and fundraising soirées.

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Tasks Include:

  • Greeting visitors
  • Coat check
  • Event assistance
  • Gallery Attendant duties

Scheduling: Special events are generally held on evenings and weekends.

EXHIBITION INSTALLATION ASSISTANT

Comfortable with a tape measure and hammer? Looking for experience working with exhibitions? We are looking for skilled volunteers to assist with our exhibition changeovers throughout the year! Experience with tools an asset but not required, though careful conduct and attention to detail are a must. Volunteers will be trained and mentored in exhibition installation techniques and art handling by Kate Bradford, our Assistant Curator.

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Tasks include:

  • Art handling (packing and installing)
  • Preparation of the exhibition space
  • Lighting
  • Assistance with signage and labeling

Scheduling: Exhibition Installation Assistants are able to commit to a set schedule of work (usually a number of consecutive days) up to three times per year. Scheduling usually occurs Monday to Friday, but occasional weekends may be required. Shifts are half a day in duration, minimum. 

For more information on this particular position, please contact:

Kate Bradford, Assistant Curator, kbradford@thereach.ca

FRONT OF HOUSE SUPPORT

the reach nightAre you eager to share your enthusiasm about The Reach with others? Do you enjoy meeting the public? Do you have an hour to spare once per week? We are looking for friendly people to assist with visitor experience and customer service during lunch breaks.

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Tasks Include:

  • Greeting visitors
  • Providing information on the current exhibitions and programming
  • Data entry
  • Phone calls
  • Other tasks as necessary

Scheduling: These weekly volunteer shifts occur Tuesday-Friday over the lunch hour. Volunteers with customer service experience and computer skills are considered an asset.

TO APPLY

Click HERE  to apply to become a volunteer at The Reach for any of the listed positions!

Please submit a completed copy of you application form, a resume, and Cover Letter (optional) by email to chackett@thereach.ca, or by mail, or drop off at The Reach (32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford, BC) in an envelope marked: Attn: Connie Hackett, Volunteer Coordinator

QUESTIONS?  CONTACT US!

Connie Hackett, Volunteer Coordinator
volunteerscheduling@thereach.ca
604-864-8087 ext. 111