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The San Diego Automotive Museum is home to one of the finest collections of automotive research materials on the entire West Coast.

Job Description:

The San Diego Automotive Museum is seeking dedicated individuals to join our team as a Specialized Library Volunteer. This offers a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in library operations within a specialized museum setting, with a focus on cataloging, digitization, database management, and other tasks as needed.

Key Responsibilities:

Assist in cataloging and organizing the museum's library collection, which includes books, periodicals, and archival materials related to automotive history, design, and culture. Use standardized cataloging practices and software to ensure accurate and accessible records.

Digitize and archive 2D materials such as photographs, documents, and ephemera from the museum's library collection. Follow established protocols for handling and digitizing delicate materials while maintaining high-quality digital reproductions.

Support the maintenance and upkeep of the museum's library database, including data entry, record updates, and quality control. Help streamline workflows and improve access to library resources for museum staff and researchers.

Provide research assistance to museum staff, visitors, and external researchers seeking information from the library collection. Assist with reference inquiries, bibliographic searches, and retrieval of materials as needed.

Assist with administrative tasks such as filing, scanning, and correspondence related to library operations. Collaborate with museum staff on special projects and events to promote the library collection and its resources.

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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).


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2080 Pan American PlazaSan Diego, CA 92101



  • Literacy / Reading
  • Curating
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Database Administration
  • Internet Research


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 90 days, with a minimum commitment of 6 weeks, and with the possibility of extension based on interest and availability. Volunteers will typically work on a part-time basis with a flexible schedule, requiring approximately 10-20 hours per week.
  • A 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. Proficiency with Microsoft

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