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 one screening of Last Remaining Seats, office work, or any other volunteer opportunity offered by the LAC, most of which are listed below.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the Los Angeles Conservancy, your first step is to complete and submit our Volunteer Application Form. We'll get back to you as quickly as possible to advise you of your volunteer status. 

Once you've been accepted as a volunteer, your next step is to volunteer!

Our next volunteer opportunity will be our Last Remaining Seats series of classic films in historic theatres, which begins in June. If you have any questions about the Conservancy's volunteer program, contact Bruce Scottow at bscottow@laconservancy.org or (213) 430-4218.

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

Being a walking tour docent requires a significant commitment of time and training. Training takes place on an as-need basis, and we accept only a few applicants for each class. Our most recent training class for Year-round Walking Tours began on Saturday, April 7 and we can no longer accept applicants for this class. As of this date, we do not yet have a schedule for the next training class but it is unlikely we will offer another during 2018. 

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, visit:


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 the use of their images. Specific needs encompass architectural and event photography, as well as video production and editing. For more information, please contact Jessica Hodgdon at jhodgdon@laconservancy.org or (213) 430-4215.

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 (click Newsletter at the top of this page, or edit your website user account).

For more information about volunteering with the Conservancy, please contact Bruce Scottow at bscottow@laconservancy.org or (213) 430-4218.