Sign Up Time: Local groups in need of volunteers state their cases

By Jenna Jay

If you are looking to meet interesting people, learn something new, grow your horizons, share your skills, or give back to your community, La Jolla’s beloved institutions have a place for you! Listed below are numerous and diverse volunteer opportunities that could lead to fame and fortune … or at least a smile of satisfaction for a job well done.

Under each heading (provided in alphabetical order) you’ll find volunteer job descriptions, ending with the phone, website or e-mail address that will put you in touch with the programs.

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library has a variety of volunteers ops for residents. File

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
Ongoing Opportunities: Assist at concerts, lectures, exhibitions. Library upkeep is also an area volunteers can help manage.

— (858) 454-5872.

Birch Aquarium
Volunteers must be at least 16-years-old and able to commit to working three to four, 4-hour shifts a month, for at least six months. Interpret Scripps research by answering visitor questions about live animals and science exhibits.
• Provide ocean science education as docents, education assistants, and tide-pool presenters.

• Promote ocean conservation by encouraging stewardship for the environment.
— (858) 822-4934.

La Jolla Historical Society

• Scheduler/Coordinator: The Walking Tour committee needs volunteers for the new weekend docent-led tours.
• Exhibit Gallery Docents: Share your knowledge and love of La Jolla history with the public as a trained docent.
• Exhibit Designers/Fabricators: Be a part of the society’s team of craftsmen who design, build, and install public exhibitions and displays.
• Event Planning: Help the society make its events fun and effective by joining the Programs Committee.
• Historic Survey: Get involved in the society’s work on an historic survey of La Jolla, scheduled to begin later this year.
• Development: Help the Development Committee and executive director achieve the annual and strategic fundraising goals.
— (858) 459-5335. E-mail:

La Jolla Music Society
(858) 459-3724, ext. 212

• Volunteer opportunities for SummerFest throughout the summer and August include ushering, community outreach and occasional office help.

La Jolla Playhouse
• La Jolla Playhouse Partners is an organization that works the “Front of House.” This includes providing support at the gift shop, passing out assisted-hearing devices at performances, tech night rehearsal potluck dinners for cast and crew, company breakfasts for new actors in town, and hosting behind-the-scenes docent tours.
• Ushers are also needed.
— (858) 550-1070.

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
Office Support: Duties include filing, preparing mailings, answering phones and cataloging, 3-4 hours per week. Computer skills are desirable.
— (858) 534-4637

Riford Library
• Youth Opportunities: Teens, ages 14 and up, can shelf and clean books; do labeling and stamping; get projects ready for kids’ craft classes, help with the summer reading program (serve refreshments, manage crowds) and get prizes together. Volunteers must fill out a two-page application; teens under 18 must provide a parent’s signature.
• Adult Opportunities: There is a great need for someone to do data entry; computer skills required. Also shelving, withdrawing books, processing new books, managing the reserve shelf (a 10-hour total commitment is required.)
— (858) 552-1657 or click the volunteer link at
Scripps Health

Scripps Health screens its volunteers through personal interviews. The next orientation is Nov. 19. Opportunities range from almost everything in the hospital — from lobby to pastoral care to working in operating rooms, surgical waiting rooms and ER. Shifts are 8-midnight, noon to 4 p.m., and 4-8 p.m.
— (858) 626-6994.

Social Service League of La Jolla

• All members are volunteers, but skilled volunteers are welcome in office rearrangement, telephone management and office management.
— (858) 454-7625.

Torrey Pines Docent Society
• Docents lead nature walks, assist in the Visitor Center, provide educational programs for children, work on projects at the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, help maintain trails, and prepare publications.


*** Editor’s note: A second edition of this story is in the works to include volunteer opportunities at other La Jolla-area institutions. If your non-profit organization needs help from residents, please send the job descriptions and contact information by e-mail to by Monday, Aug. 29.

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