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Arts Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Arts Employment Opportunities 

Here you'll find calls for artists and job, internship, fellowship, residency, volunteer, exhibit, and other professional and educational opportunities in arts, music, theater, culture, history, and heritage from organizations in the Central NY and Mohawk Valley region!

To submit an opportunity to appear on this page, please e-mail Administrative Manager Scott Jackoway at and enter "Arts Opportunity" in the subject line.

Syracuse Stage is Hiring

Current openings at Syracuse Stage include:

Lighting & Projections opportunities:

  • Head Electrician
  • Electrician/Board Op

Costume Shop opportunities:

  • Cutter/Draper
  • First Hand
  • Stitcher

Please visit our website for detailed descriptions and to apply:

Inquiries may be sent to:

Westcott Street Cultural Fair (WSCF) 
Sunday, September 22, 2024 | 12 PM to 6:30 PM
Applications open April 1 to May 31


The WSCF is a one-day celebration of the diversity and uniqueness of the Westcott neighborhood, with visual and performing arts, food, service organizations and activities. We are looking for musicians, dancers, puppeteers, spoken word artists, theater groups, choirs, and more to perform on three music stages, two dance stages and a kids’ stage, with shows running back to back on each throughout the day. Apply at:


There is no fee to apply. Applicants will be notified by the end of June whether or not they are selected to perform.

Additional Information
Since the fair is open to members of the public of all ages, we require performances to be "family-friendly" (no obscene, abusive or intolerant gestures or actions). We hire local musicians and prefer them to perform original music.

Questions can be directed to

Coordinator, Programming & Site Operations
Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum
Chittenango, NY
Madison County, NY
$50,000 - $55,000 a year - Full-time
Job Details
Location: Chittenango NY
Paid Vacation time
Paid sick time
Other elements of package to be discussed

Job Description
Do you have a passion for Erie Canal history and sharing it with others? The Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum is looking for a skilled, creative, energetic person to engage visitors of all ages in the exciting history of the Erie Canal and canal-era life.

The position provides active leadership for the operations, interpretative and educational programming, social media marketing and communications, volunteer management, special events, and gift shop operations of the Museum.

The Mission of the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum (CLCBM) is to educate and inspire the public with the stories of 19th century canal boat builders, travelers, and businesses through the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of material related to the Chittenango Landing site, and its significance to Old Erie Canal State Historic Park. CLCBM’s museum grounds are situated in the Old Erie Canal Historic Park. CLCBM’s site includes a visitor center, saw mill, blacksmith shop, mule shed, and general store. CLCBM welcomes over 3,000 visitors per year including 1,500 school-age children.

Equally important, is efficient and effective management. The Coordinator, Programming and Site Operations will oversee daily operations of the visitor center (including administration systems), museum facilities, and gift shop. The Coordinator will work collaboratively with the Board and Acting Executive Director to increase museum membership, donations, and volunteer efforts.

Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:
 A minimum of three years of operations management experience with increasing
responsibility or supervisory experience; preferably with direct customer or volunteer
relations – or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
 Experience in developing revenue positive programs, events, and festivals preferred.
 Experience in grant writing preferred.
 Experience in budget development and management, including financial management

 Experience with administrative and membership management database systems.
 Experience with social media marketing, web site design, print media.
 Demonstrated attention to detail, time management skills, and problem-solving ability.
 Excellent professional communication skills – verbal, written, and in-person.
 Ability to work with a diverse group of volunteers and with visitors from diverse cultures.
 Experience in developing revenue positive programs, events, and festivals required.
 Bachelor’s degree or equivalent training and experience required. Master’s degree preferred.
 Non-profit or museum experience preferred.
Special Requirements:
 Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle to perform job-related tasks.
 Must be able to lift 20 pounds and stand/walk for long periods on varying surfaces, inside
and outside, and in a variety of conditions.
 Must be available to work frequent weekends and occasional evenings.

If this is the type of work that excites you, apply today to continue your professional museum career
at Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum!

Technical Director and Senior Lecturer in Stagecraft
Colgate University: Office of the Provost of the Dean of the Faculty (PDOF)
Division of Arts and Humanities: Theater Department
Location: Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Open: Beginning fall semester 2024
Salary: $72,900 - $75,900
Colgate University’s Department of Theater is seeking a full time Technical Director and Senior Lecturer in Stagecraft beginning fall semester 2024 to join a dynamic team of professional artists and educators. Completion of an M.F.A. in Technical Theater is required prior to or shortly after the date of hire. Candidates with a B.F.A., B.A., or B.S. degree and at least five years of professional experience in technical direction will also be considered.
The successful candidate should be knowledgeable in more than one area of production; have experience working with students and staff of varying skill sets; and be an engaged, dynamic collaborator with faculty, and students. 
Review of applications will begin March 18, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. For additional information and to apply, go to

Non-Equity Stage Manager and Set Designer 

The Black Latino Asian Artist Coalition and Go Jo Productions are looking for a non-equity stage manager and a set designer for a stage play/drag show. Rehearsals start in February and show will open in March. These are paid positions. Email with interest.


View Arts Center in Old Forge New York is looking for a Pottery Studio Manager. 

Join the team at View Arts Center, a dynamic year-round multidisciplinary arts facility in Old Forge, NY, as our Pottery Studio Manager. Fulltime flexible schedule, $40,000-$47,000, plus benefits. Responsible for equipment and programming in the Pottery Studio, equipped with 10 wheels, five kilns, slab rollers, a pneumatic extruder, spray booth, and more. Partner with the Associate Studio Manager to support a safe, functional, collaborative environment for novice to skilled potters. Develop classes and workshops for all ages and abilities. Experience in glaze mixing, kiln loading and unloading, and clay reclamation techniques. Patience, flexibility, and a commitment to the successful use of this community pottery studio are key considerations. Experience managing a working pottery studio, or analogous studio environment a plus, but not required. To apply: Send resume, cover letter, and three references to:, (include POTTERY in the subject line) OR mail application materials to: View Arts Center, Attn: POTTERY, PO Box 1144, Old Forge, NY 13420.View values diversity, and encourages all interested applicants to apply.


Syracuse Jewish Family Services is seeking an Arts & Minds Coordinator.
Are you a therapist with a creative bent who is burnt out by the bureaucracy of the profession and who wants to use your therapeutic skills in a more humanistic work environment, across a variety of settings, rather than in the confines of an office?

Or are you an artist who loves to teach and has the ability to understand and connect with people nonjudgmentally and supportively? Are you knowledgeable about or interested in learning about issues of aging and the cognitive, emotional, and social aspects of aging?

Or are you perhaps a former caregiver to an older adult, who can bring your experience, insight, respect and compassion to our team of committed professionals, with the goal of improving the cognitive, social, emotional and psychological wellbeing of older adults and their family members?

Do you have experience in program development and want to use it to jumpstart a unique community-based approach to achieving a dementia friendly community? Are you capable of helping older adults, caregivers, families, and organizations learn how to effectively support people through life transitions and flourish?

Counselors/therapists, recreational therapists, artists, and others who meet some or all of these criteria are invited to apply for this position and help us bring our Arts & Minds Initiative to the next level. A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area is required; a Master’s
degree or equivalent is preferred. As the Arts & Minds Coordinator you will help us continue to offer evidence-based interventions (such as those that provide arts-based programming to persons with dementia and cognitively-based programming) in the CNY community.

This is a doing and leading, administration and practice position. We are looking for a leader who wants to both do the direct work with older adults, and their family and professional supports. This leader also will help us take what we have built programmatically and successfully market this to individuals, institutions, and funders. It is a job for the dedicated, creative and positive person who wants to bring their best self to people who will benefit from it.

Part-time position with opportunity to develop into a full-time position. Syracuse Jewish Family Service is a small non-profit with a highly supportive team of colleagues.

For more information or to apply, please send cover letter and resume to Judith Huober, Interim Director, at

 Remitted Tuition Program with Syracuse University
 Free parking
 Paid holidays, vacation and sick time


The ArtHouse Alliance in Syracuse is looking for volunteers. There are four different focuses. A volunteer may do only one or several, especially this summer if available. 

  • Social media calendar (2 weekly), posting images from programs (1) and announcing future program times, (2). Posts are on ArtHouse website, Facebook, Instagram, and on CNY Arts calendar. 
  • Create, print, distribute flyers to post at libraries about SALON (Shining A Light On Neighborhoods).

  •  Recruit and Implement volunteer team leaders/ and alternates for Salon/ ArtHouse workshop. There are 4 locations currently.

  •  “ArtHouse delivers” is an established mobile program targeting designated neighborhoods with art deliveries. We are looking for a volunteer team to make ‘art bags’ monthly, that are distributed to children with healthy snacks. Led by team leader Rhonda Davis. This program is ready to expand with the help of a volunteer. 

  • Implement “Let’s Play” program. This established program accepts 8 applications to provide opportunities for students to learn music. Program is run by team leader Benjamin Ellis. Volunteer would help us find candidates and coordinate their applications. The program will teach guitar, ukulele, and clarinet.

Call 315-665-ARTS for more information.



 The New York State DanceForce, in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts, is publicly seeking 3 new members.

The New York State DanceForce is a consortium of 19 dance activists committed to increasing the quantity and quality of dance activity throughout New York State. Each member receives an annual allocation (currently $10,000) to design projects that bring dance artists to upstate NY communities in customized residencies. Since its founding in 1994, the DanceForce, through the work of its members, has funded over 400 projects, raising more than $3 million in support of these endeavors.

DanceForce members are individuals who function independently or in organizational contexts. They may happen to work as artists, presenters, administrators, educators, producers, or writers. What matters most is their advocacy for the art form and their championing of its practitioners.

Applicants for membership must be New York State residents. Preference will be given to applicants whose projects will take place outside the counties of New York, Bronx, Staten Island, Kings, and Queens, and especially in counties not currently represented by our members.

The DanceForce membership, taken as a whole, strives to be geographically, culturally, professionally and aesthetically diverse, insofar as it represents the diversity of the art form and of its constituents in New York State.

Membership information, the online application form, and background on the NYS DanceForce can be found on our website,

Curt Steinzor, Director

259 Pine Street, Corning, NY 14830

The NYS DanceForce was founded in 1994 by Beverly D’Anne, in consultation with David White and Ivan Sygoda.
The DanceForce is administered by American Dance Asylum Inc., a non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation.

Cayuga Museum of History and Art

Everson Museum of Art

Light Work

Munson Williams Proctor Institute Arts Institute

The Oncenter

Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Saratoga Arts


Syracuse Stage

Volunteer Opportunities in the Arts

If you have a volunteer listing, please use contact form to let us know.

CNY Arts - On My Own Time Volunteer Judges

Help us recognize talented amateur artists in the Central New York workforce! CNY Arts is looking for several additional volunteer adjudicators for its On My Own Time 2020 program.

Volunteers should be visual artists in any medium with a professional background. Adjudications are 1 to 2 hours and are held weekdays during April, May, and June. Volunteer for two or more exhibits. E-mail or call Scott Jackoway at 315-435-2157 for more information.

CNY Arts Internship Opportunities - view various opportunities. For more information, email  

More Arts Opportunity Resources

Syracuse Poster Project- Volunteer Opportunities 

Symphoria - Internship Opportunities

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute - Museum Opportunities for Students

Everson Museum of Art - Internship opportunities