Employment and Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Our Pasadena Symphony & POPS Volunteers are active and engaged arts supporters from around the community who make so much of what we do possible. To volunteer, please click the link below to fill out our online application and we will contact you as volunteer opportunities become available.

Click here to volunteer for our 2017-18 Symphony Classics Concerts!


Our volunteers are an integral and highly valued part of our success as a performing arts organization. The benefits of volunteering include complimentary tickets, the exclusive Dining Club Card (see our website for details), invitations to special volunteer appreciation events, service hours credit for students and last but not least the joy of knowing that your contributions of time and energy are deeply valued and gratefully received.


We provide periodic orientation and training sessions to our volunteers as needed.


Concert Staff Volunteers

  • Venue Assistants are primarily energetic and enthusiastic high school and college students who assist in light venue setup and in welcoming our summer POPS concert attendees to our new home at the Rose Bowl by helping them carry their picnic baskets from the automobile drop off point to their tables (these volunteers must be able to lift and carry up to 40 pounds).
  • Greeters are an important component of our overall public presence year round and are responsible for handing out programs, answering general questions and providing a friendly and enthusiastic presence at all of our public events.
  • Ticket Takers and Ushers are a key part of our Summer POPS concert series and are responsible for taking tickets at the entrance to the venue and directing patrons to their seats, accurately and graciously.

Development & Outreach Volunteers

Development and Outreach Volunteers assist in the implementation of our development programs including involvement with special events and audience outreach.

Marketing Table Volunteers

Marketing Table Volunteers assist in promoting Pasadena Symphony and POPS programs at public events. They assist in answering questions about upcoming programs, events and ticket offers and assist in selling concert related souvenirs as needed.

Youth Program Volunteers

Musical Circus/Musical Instrument Petting Zoo Volunteers – An essential part of our education and outreach efforts, volunteers assist in the set-up and oversight of musical instruments displayed for an interactive educational experience for children of all ages. Volunteers must have an interest and willingness to work with young children and parents. Knowledge of a musical instrument or instruments is helpful but not essential. A very fun and exciting volunteer experience.

Administrative Staff Openings

JOB TITLE: Development Associate 

REPORTS TO: Chief Development Officer 

CLASSIFICATION: Hourly/non-exempt

The Development Associate works directly with the Chief Development Officer to maintain an efficient department based on fundraising best practices. Duties include administrative maintenance of the development office, data entry, donor relations, processing and tracking donor gifts, assisting with grant proposals including tracking reporting calendar, donor cultivation, donor events support, creating development materials.  


  • Maintain organizational development activities including grant files, funding source tracking documents and supporting alignment between development and marketing calendars.
  • Process individual donations and gift acknowledgements, assist in donor tracking tools, and reporting data of individual donors and organizational supporters.
  • Research and document preliminary donor prospecting including grant research, initial funder contact, and draft letters of inquiry.
  • Assist in tracking proposal deadlines and submission of foundation, corporate and government grant proposals 
  • Assist in the maintenance and coordination of activities and deadlines as they relate to the annual Development plan and calendar.
  • Coordinate the completion of funder reporting requirements.
  • Assist in the implementation of annual solicitation campaigns.
  • Assist and facilitate annual donor cultivation activities including Symphony Salons, VIP meet and greets and PSA’s annual Moonlight Sonata Gala.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

The Development Associate must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and some experience in the nonprofit field. General knowledge of development best practices a plus, and experience with special event planning and execution preferred.

Must have exceptional interpersonal skills, be outgoing and personable, and have and a temperament that is flexible, detail- and service-oriented and creative. Must use initiative, be self-motivated and responsible, have excellent writing skills, and the ability to work independently and collaboratively.

The Development Associate must be proficient in Microsoft Office, Outlook, GoogleMail, and Internet for research. Familiarity with non-profit Salesforce database software Patron Manager, I-Wave, and Greater Giving as well as experience with government granting requirements a plus. 

The Development Associate must have effective time- and project-management skills, exceptional organizational and follow-up skills, and the ability to work on multiple ongoing projects simultaneously. 

Must be able to work Pasadena Symphony and Pasadena POPS concert days, and occasional evenings and weekends. Must have reliable transportation and be able to travel by car, as necessary. Proof of current auto insurance required. 

Email your application materials including your résumé, a cover letter to Svandrick@PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org.


At this time we do not have any openings.