Sautee Nacoochee, GA

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES
Volunteer coordinator: Kat Stratton
[email protected]   706-878-3300
One-on-one training is provided.
New Opportunities for 1st Qtr 2022

We're pleased to announce volunteer opportunities coming up and invite you to check out the various ways you can join the Sautee Nacoochee Cultural Center as we head into 2022. For your convenience, you can click on each area of the Center mentioned below to view opportunities.

Performing Arts programs, include a special "Night at the Oasis" celebrating Valentine's Day weekend, plus two 3-day performance runs of "The Old Man and the Old Moon". Have you seen the moon tonight?

The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia is offering opportunities with a reception for the Valentine's Day Silent Auction and several "in-house" positions that may be just what you're looking for to be a part of this amazing museum.

And of course, the annual WinterFest Arts Tour, an incredible 2-day event in partnership with The Helen Arts & Heritage Center which brings a total of 75 artists showcasing just about every aspect of original art at these two locations.

Is there something that catches your eye? You can reach me at 706-878-3300, ext. 314 or [email protected] for questions, information or to secure your place at one of these opportunities. We appreciate you.

FRONT DESK

Volunteers who donate their time and talent at the Front Desk are in a unique position as they are sometimes the first person to greet and welcome visitors to the Center. You will meet folks from all over the country (and world) who are drawn to SNC for the history, art and cultural aspects associated with the Center.

This is a vital volunteer opportunity where you can:

  • showcase your people skills
  • answer phones
  • assist staff with various projects such as newsletter and membership mailings
  • prepare playbills for performances
  • sell tickets by phone and accept payments for memberships and tickets in person
  • assist in the Galleries as needed

GALLERY & GIFT SHOP

Location
The Galleries and Gift shop in the SNC building
Description
Assist visitors who are shopping and looking at the artwork in the Galleries and the SNC hallway • Answer questions regarding items on display. • Handle sales transactions. • Answer the phone.
Dates/Times
Weekdays when the Sautee Nacoochee Center is open 9am - 5pm
Weekends Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm
Before performances in Center Theater and during intermission (some evenings and/or afternoons)
Skills/Qualifications
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Enjoy interacting with people
  • Self-starter
  • Need to learn the Square system for sales transactions
  • Attention to detail with sales figures
  • Commitment of one 4-hour shift per month

SPECIAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS

Volunteers are needed for the various special events and festivals held at Sautee Nacoochee Center throughout the year. These events draw attendees from the surrounding area as well as many visitors enjoying the bountiful art and talent of the Valleys. Certain events may require additional informational sessions prior to the event.

Some of the special events are: Winterfest (in partnership with Unicoi Lodge and the Helen Arts & Heritage Center), Sautee Plein Air Painting Experience (hosted with Skylake Galleries), Fiber Festival in the Valley, Pig Out & Pickin' (the best in bluegrass & BBQ), Folk Pottery and Arts Festival and the Geogia Mountain Vintage Affair (a themed fun-filled annual fundraiser).

There are Youth Program events throughout the year that need many volunteers, such as Celebrate the Arts, Trunk or Treat and stage productions that involve young people of the community.

Location
SNC campus
Description
• Greet attendees as they arrive • Handle box office and/or raffle ticket sales • Assist with set up or clean up • Beverage sales • Answer questions regarding the event • Assist with parking • People counter • Assist with artist hospitality • Assist as a floater where needed
Dates/Times
• Events date/time announced in advance
Skills/Qualifications
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Enjoy interacting with people
  • Knowledge of SNC campus
  • Commitment of 2-4 hour shift for event

FOLK POTTERY MUSEUM (FPM): front desk

Location
FPM front desk
Description
• Opening or closing the museum.
• Greeting visitors.
• Handling admission payments.
• Recording number of visitors.
• Answering the phone.
• Refilling informational brochure rack.
• Ensuring the museum video is ready for viewers.
Dates/Times
• FPM hours are Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm
Skills/Qualifications
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Friendly
  • Self-supervised
  • Need to learn the Square system for payments
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Commitment to a 3-4 hour shift once or twice a month or once a week in am or pm

FPM: annual Pottery & Arts Festival

Location
FPM and SNCA campus
Description
• Greet visitors at info tables.
• Handle raffle sales.
• Artist hospitality.
• Dessert & beverage sales.
• Dessert baker.
• Parking assistance.
Dates/Times
• Annual Labor Day weekend (Saturday & Sunday)
Skills/Qualifications
  • Minimum age of 15
  • Ages 17 and under need a liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
  • Willingness to work outdoors.
  • Enjoy interacting with people.
  • Commitment to at least one 4-hour shift.

FPM: Discovery Tour guide

Location
Inside FPM museum or Heritage sites on SNCA campus
Description
• Conduct 45 minute tours in the FPM.
• Encourage informal, "front porch" style discussions.
• Guide visitors to the Heritage sites on the campus.
• Give information regarding the sites.
• Answer visitors' questions.
Dates/Times
• Discovery Tours are available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Skills/Qualifications
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Enjoy interacting with people
  • Knowlege of FPM and SNCA campus

FPM: Youth programs

Location
FPM
Description
• Assist Museum staff or instructors with school groups.
Dates/Times
• Dates will be announced.
Skills/Qualifications
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Enjoy working with children
  • Follow directions from staff or instructor

CONTRA DANCE: set up/breakdown for dances

About Contra-Dance at SNC

Location
Historic gym
Description
• Assist in setting up for dances.
• If able, help break down the gym after the evening's event.
• Contra Lead Volunteers or staff member will be available to answer questions.
Dates/Times
4th Saturday each month (additional dances as announced). Set-up at 6:30pm. Breakdown at 11pm.
Skills/Qualifications
  • Minimum age of 12
  • Friendly
  • Able to move tables and chairs
  • Commitment: set-up one hour, breakdown 45 minutes

CONTRA-DANCE: Box office/Hospitality

Location
Historic gym
Description
• Greet attendees as they arrive.
• Take entance fee for event (price list will be at the table).
• Answer questions regarding the event and future dances.
• Encourage people to wear nametags.
Dates/Times
4th Saturday each month (additional dances as announced), 7pm - 9pm
Skills/Qualifications
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Friendly
  • Able to keep accurate records of attendees and money collected
  • Commitment: 1-2 hours per event

CONTRA-DANCE: Host

Location
Historic gym
Description
• Greet attendees.
• Encourage new dancers to participate in the lesson.
• Dance with new people.
• Make announcements at beginning & middle of the dance.
• Answer questions.
• Refer issues to Contra Lead Volunteers.
Dates/Times
4th Saturday each month (additional dances as announced), 7pm-10pm.
Skills/Qualifications
  • Minimum age of 16
  • Friendly
  • Comfortable greeting strangers
  • Public speaking

CENTER THEATER: BOX OFFICE

Location
SNC Front Desk in front of Center Theater
Description
Arrive 45 minutes prior to performance. Example: arrive 6:45pm for a 7:30pm show.
• Greet guests as they arrive.
• The Performing Arts Director will provide a seating chart with ticketholders' names for seat selection. Most will have paid and selected seats in advance.
• If a reservation holder still needs to pay for a ticket, use the provided cashbox to make change.
• Or if the payment is by credit card, The Performing Arts Director will handle it.
• Be sure to ask whether the ticket purchaser is an SNCA member or not.
• In all cases write the ticket holder's seat assignments on a yellow post-it and give that to them. That's the official SNC ticket!
Dates/Times
Performance schedule is announced in advance, usually on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Billboard link Some events, such as plays, will schedule on evenings, Thursday through Saturday, and Sunday afternoon. Details are announced on the Billboard page.
Skills/Qualifications
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Friendly
  • Handle groups of people as they enter the building
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Commitment to arriving on time to be ready for guests

CENTER THEATER: USHER

Location
Hallway in front of Center Theater
Description
Arrive 45 minutes prior to performance. Example: arrive 6:45pm for a 7:30pm show.
• Ushers need to be stationed at the two theater entrances.
• Greet ticketholders as they enter the theater, having already received their seat assignment.
• Hand out playbills, which will have inserts for the current performance.
• Direct them to the most convenient side of the theater, depending on their seat number.
• At intermission: serve beverages in the conference room.
• Some performances have a "Meet & Greet" AFTER the show.The conference room will have already been set up.
• In general during or after the show, ask patrons if they enjoy(ed) the performance.
Dates/Times
Performance schedule is announced in advance, usually on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Billboard link Some events, such as plays, will schedule on evenings, Thursday through Saturday, and Sunday afternoon. Details are announced on the Billboard page.
Skills/Qualifications
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Friendly
  • Handle groups of people as they enter the theater
  • Commitment to arriving on time to be ready for guests

If possible, a seat will be reserved for you, so enjoy the show!

HERITAGE SITE: Heritage Garden site

Location
Heritage Site on SNC campus
Description
• Assist Committee members acquire heritage seeds for the Heritage Cabin site. • Planting the historic garden. • Maintaining the garden for visitors to the site. • Learning about the Heritage Site.
Dates/Times
• By arrangement.
Skills/Qualifications
  • Need to have some knowledge of heritage plants or be willing to learn
  • Self-starter

HERITAGE SITE: Docent, special events & tours

Location
Heritage Site and History Museum on SNC campus
Description
• Open History Museum.
• Greet attendees as they arrive.
• Answer questions regarding the History Museum exhibits and the Heritage Site.
• Keep a count of attendees.
Dates/Times
• Events will be announced in advance.
Skills/Qualifications
  • Enjoy interacting with people
  • Able to work with children
  • Knowlege of SNC campus
  • Knowlege of History Museum & Heritage Site
  • Commitment: one 4 hour shift per month

HISTORY MUSEUM: research assistant

Location
History Museum and local historical society
Description
• Research local families using census records and deeds.
• Research using tax digest and other records of White and Habersham Counties.
Dates/Times
• By arrangement.
Skills/Qualifications
  • Detail oriented
  • Have an appreciation for local history

HISTORY MUSEUM: exhibit installation assistant

Location
History Museum at SNC
Description
• Assist with exhibit installations.
Dates/Times
• By arrangement when exhibits are ready.
Skills/Qualifications
  • Museum or design experience
  • Ability to communicate with History Committee

HISTORY MUSEUM: data assistant

Location
History Museum at SNC
Description
• Assist with collection, cataloging and access.
Dates/Times
• By arrangement with History Committee.
Skills/Qualifications
  • Interest in local history
  • Ability to communicate with History Committee
  • Competent with computer programs such as Past Perfect Museum software
  • Ability to communicate with History Committee

HISTORY MUSEUM: editor/writer

Location
History Museum at SNC
Description
• Assist with writing newspaper articles for the History Museum. • Assist with editing new exhibit content.
Dates/Times
• By arrangement with History Committee.
Skills/Qualifications
  • Interest in local history
  • Experience with editing and writing
  • Ability to communicate with History Committee

NATIVE PEACE GARDEN: garden maintenance

Location
Native Peace Garden on SNC campus
Description
• Trimming, raking, weeding the garden.
Dates/Times
• Garden Days will be announced each season.
Skills/Qualifications
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Need to have some knowledge of plants or be willing to learn
  • Self-starter
  • Commitment of 3-12 hours per month

NATIVE PEACE GARDEN: special events

Location
Native Peace Garden on SNC campus
Description
• Prepare garden areas as directed.
• greet attendees as they arrive.
• Answer questions regarding the Native Peace Garden and its history.
• Keep a count of attendees.
• Assist with parking.
• Assist with event cleanup.
Dates/Times
• Events will be announced in advance.
Native Peace Garden events
Skills/Qualifications
  • Minimum age of 16
  • Enjoy interacting with people
  • Knowlege of SNC
  • Knowlege of garden's purpose & plants in garden
  • Commitment: occasional

NATIVE PEACE GARDEN: Guide/Docent for groups

Location
Native Peace Garden on SNC campus
Description
• Guide/Docent for tours and school groups. • Greet visitors. • Share scripted information about the importance of native plants. • Share scripted information about the history of the garden. • Answer logical questions.
Dates/Times
• Tour dates will be announced.
Skills/Qualifications
  • Minimum age of 18
  • Have an appreciation for the purpose of the garden
  • Knowledge of plants in the garden helpful but not required
  • Commitment: 4 hours per month, April - October