SAL Volunteer

Behind the scenes at SAL is a corps of dedicated volunteers who contribute their time to ensure we meet our mission of sparking imaginations and bringing together people and ideas. We have a host of areas to get involved in, from ushering at our events, to assisting with mailings and other administrative tasks, to working on our annual fundraising events.

Benefits of volunteering

  • Volunteers receive complimentary admission to events.
  • Volunteers enjoy the benefits of working in the cultural atmosphere of a distinguished literary arts institution.
  • Volunteers will connect to a community of imaginative thinkers, readers, and writers.
  • All volunteers are invited to attend volunteer receptions and appreciation events we host.


We currently have the following positions open:

Front-of-House Volunteers:
The Front-of-House Volunteers –ushers, box office assistants, and information table assistants– support the effective running of events by welcoming, serving, and monitoring the audiences that enter our venues. This role puts you on the front lines of the literary world in Seattle!

Office & Administrative Volunteers:
Whether you are a student, stay-at-home parent, retiree, or anyone with some free time during office hours, we could use your organizational skills to help with a variety of projects: everything from assisting with ticket orders to file management, operations and board support, data entry, bulk mailing, auction donations, and more. Regular office hours only (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:00pm).

Writers in the Schools Volunteers: 

Writers in the Schools (WITS) is a literary arts education program serving nearly 30 public schools and hospital sites in the Puget Sound Region. We are looking for volunteers to help behind the scenes in the office. This is a great opportunity for creative writers who are interested in being a Writer-in-Residence, but who don’t yet have the teaching experience necessary to apply for a full position. Regular office hours only (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:00pm).

Fund Development Volunteers:

Seattle Arts & Lectures is looking for open-minded, motivated volunteers that are enthusiastic about literature and have an interest in helping further the mission of our organization, particularly in respect to our resource development. From volunteering at our fun and inspiring fundraising events, to helping keep donor records up to date, this is a great position for those interested in nonprofit management and fund development. Regular office hours only (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:00pm).

Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations Volunteers:

Love the idea of connecting people with SAL’s programs? Wild about copy writing and editing? Excited about social media, blogging, Google Analytics, and other aspects of digital marketing? Bring your savvy and ideas to SAL. Marketing volunteers will assist the Marketing Associate with SAL’s promotional and sales efforts. Regular office hours only (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:00pm).

To get involved, please fill out a volunteer application form online, or print and submit a PDF and email to sal@lectures.org or mail to SAL’s offices (340 15th Ave E., Suite 301, Seattle, WA 98112).

Thank you for your interest!