Medium offers year-round volunteer opportunities, especially in October when we host our annual photography festival in San Diego. If you’re interested in becoming a Medium Volunteer, please contact Sarah Koenig Wagner.

Join our Festival Team!

Volunteering at the Medium Festival of Photography is a rewarding experience that allows you to connect with professionals and peers from across the field of fine art photography. We rely on a team of volunteers every year to help make the Medium Festival of Photography a success.

We ask our volunteers to make a minimum commitment of two 4-hour shifts during the Festival dates. Volunteers are given access to Festival lectures and events before and after their shift, with opportunities to experience the Festival as well as behind the scenes.

Below are the key areas we’re looking to fill for the 2017 Festival. We host a volunteer open house every September to hand-pick our Festival volunteers.


Volunteer Lead

Volunteer Leads offer an opportunity to assist with some of the more crucial aspects of Festival including check-in and guest services. We are looking for individuals who can take on added responsibility or possibly commit to additional time commitments. Volunteer leads are individuals that our Festival staff can count on to support a wide range of Festival activities and make decisions when needed.

The ideal Volunteer Lead is:

  • Willing to support detailed needs of Medium Staff members.
  • Comfortable making decisions and leading others.
  • Computer savvy (Mac, Square reader, etc.)
  • Available during the full Festival week
  • Available for advanced training sessions 1-2 weeks before the Festival gets underway.


Portfolio Review Monitor

Our Eye to Eye Portfolio Reviews are a high energy, two day event drawing photographers from across the country and around the world. Volunteers will assist with the smooth flow of attendees in and out of the review room, help monitor time, and support communications with participating photographers. This is an important position that requires a leadership attitude, timeliness, and great communication skills.

The ideal portfolio review monitor is:

  • Organized and time conscious
  • Comfortable directing groups of people
  • Available for 5 hour volunteer slots during Thursday and Friday of Festival


FLASH! Pop-Up Shop Assistant

Our FLASH! Pop-Up Shop is a central part of the Festival’s weekend activities and is open to the public. The Pop-Up Shop is shared with Festival sponsors and serves as a secondary location for ticket sales and general information.

The ideal Pop-Up Shop Assistant is:

  • Available to set up / tear down vendor area each day
  • Competent at selling tickets and completing basic sales (Square reader and cash box)
  • Knowledgeable about the festival events and interested to learn about products offered for sale.
  • Intuitively mindful at keeping tables organized.


Event Photographers

Event photographers help us record moments and events that make the Festival an exceptional experience for our guests. Our volunteer photographers are invited to interact with our guest speakers, visiting photographers, and Festival attendees to record the essence of the event.

The ideal Event Photographer is:

  • Experienced with photographing people
  • Knowledgeable about digital file management and post-production.
  • Comfortable navigating large groups of people


Production Crew

We have a series of short movies planned to capture the spirit of our Festival and are looking for individuals who can assist with video capture. Volunteers with the Production Crew should have a working knowledge of creating original video content and working with a planned set of content goals. We are specifically looking for people who can help us with Adobe After Effects post production.


Size Matters Exhibition Volunteers

Exhibition Volunteers help make our annual juried exhibition a success. We’re looking for assistance with the installation and organization of the exhibition, and can offer additional opportunities for gallery assistants to staff the gallery during the exhibition dates.