Volunteers | Los Angeles Conservancy


Photo by longtime Conservancy volunteer Larry Underhill.

The Conservancy started as an all-volunteer organization, and volunteers remain essential to our work.

Hundreds of dedicated volunteers share their passion for historic Los Angeles, from leading walking tours to taking tickets at events, and much more. We expect our volunteers to participate in at least two volunteer opportunities per calendar year, such as a special tour, any screening of Last Remaining Seats, office work, or any other volunteer opportunity offered by the Conservancy, most of which are listed below.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please submit a Volunteer Application Form. We'll get back to you as quickly as possible to advise you of your volunteer status. 

Once accepted, your next step is to volunteer!

For questions about our volunteer program, contact Alex Inshishian at ainshishian@laconservancy.org.

Special Tours and Events

We hold a number of special events each year, including one-time-only tours, lectures, and panel discussions. Volunteers fill several roles at these events, from docenting (giving tours) to logistics (line management, on-site sales, etc.).

Walking Tour Docents

Volunteer docents lead our award-winning walking tours:

Year-round Walking Tours
Student Walking Tours

Becoming a docent requires significant time commitment and training. Training takes place on an as-need basis, and we accept only a few applicants for each class. No prior knowledge is required and there is no cost to participate. Training typically takes place over six Saturdays, and includes both in-class and “on the street” training. Chosen applicants will need to be available for all training classes, and are expected to lead tours on a consistent basis. 

As of this date, we do not yet have a schedule for the next training class. 

For additional information, please contact the office at info@laconservancy.org or (213) 623-2489.

Volunteer Committee

The Conservancy has an all-volunteer committee devoted to our Last Remaining Seats series of classic films in historic theatres. Meetings and events are open to the public. For more information see Last Remaining Seats Committee.


We rely heavily on high-quality photos and videos that convey the beauty and value of historic places. We work with a small roster of professional and amateur photographers who donate their time and use of their images. Specific needs encompass architectural and event photography, as well as video production and editing. For more information, please contact Alex Inshishian at ainshishian@laconservancy.org.

Office Tasks

We occasionally need help in the office with specific projects. Projects vary and include mailings, research, cataloging, data entry, and photo scanning.


The best way to help with preservation advocacy issues is to join our Action Alert network. You'll receive email appeals for urgent action, typically writing letters of support and/or attending public hearings in support of threatened places. To join the network, subscribe to our Action Alert emails.