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ORGANIZATION: The San Diego Automotive Museum

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Job Description:

The San Diego Automotive Museum is seeking a highly motivated individual to join our team as a Curatorial Department Volunteer. This offers a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in museum operations, with a focus on exhibits and collections research, registrarial tasks, and administrative duties.

Key Responsibilities:

Exhibits and Collections Research/Writing: Conduct research on automotive history, technology, and culture to support upcoming exhibits. Assist in drafting exhibit narratives, catalog entries, and interpretive materials. Collaborate with curatorial staff to develop engaging narratives for museum displays.

Registrarial Tasks: Aid in the documentation and cataloging of museum collections. Assist in inventory management, object photography, and database maintenance. Learn proper handling and care techniques for museum artifacts under the guidance of staff.

Filing and Scanning: Organize and maintain physical and digital records related to museum collections, exhibitions, and research materials. Perform scanning and digitization tasks to preserve archival documents and photographs.

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About The San Diego Automotive Museum


2080 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101, US

Mission Statement

The Mission of the San Diego Automotive Museum is to tell the story of the social and technological past, present, and future of motorized vehicles throughout its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.


The original idea of creating an automotive museum in Balboa Park came from Briggs Cunningham, a renowned automobile collector and racer. The idea circulated for many years until an inspired group of local automotive enthusiasts propelled the idea forward. In 1979, the San Diego City Council first considered the issue and in 1980 they gave unanimous approval to the museum and granted a long term lease for one of the historic buildings in the jewel of San Diego: Balboa Park.

After spending approximately $1 million renovating and upgrading the building, the San Diego Automotive Museum opened in December of 1988 as San Diego’s Premier Transportation Museum. Since then, millions of local auto enthusiasts and tourists from all over the world have visited our world-class collection. Today the museum stands as a living tribute to the automobile and what it has meant to our culture.

Diversity and Inclusion: Automobiles are for Everyone

At the San Diego Automotive Museum, we strive to be as diverse and inclusive as the vehicles we display. Be yourself. Every race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience is valued and celebrated here. Everyone is welcomed, accepted, and respected.

The San Diego Automotive Museum is a non-profit corporation under section 501(c)(3).


Arts & Culture
Computers & Technology
Education & Literacy
Arts & Culture, Computers & Technology, Education & Literacy


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2080 Pan American PlazaSan Diego, CA 92101



  • Exhibition Arts
  • Administrative Support
  • Data Entry
  • Curating


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • This position is available for a fixed term of 90 days, with a minimum commitment of 6 weeks, and with the possibility of extension based on interest and availability. Will typically work with a flexible schedule, 10-20 hours per week.
  • We are looking for: - genuine interest in museum work and a passion for preserving cultural heritage. -strong research, writing, and communication skills. -A detail-oriented perspective with a commitment to accuracy and quality.

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