Campus Volunteer Opportunities

The Berkeley Aging Cohort Study The Jagust Lab is inviting healthy adults age 70 and older to participate in a study investigating how cognition changes over time.

During the course of the study, participants are interviewed and given a brief physical examination. Participants will also take a series of cognitive tests measuring memory, problem solving, and other thinking abilities.

Participants will be invited back at 1 or 2 year intervals to repeats these tests, providing researchers with a better understanding of aging and increased ability to diagnose and treat future patients. Participants may also undergo PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scans at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to study the brain’s metabolism and protein deposits as well as MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans that take pictures of brain anatomy and structure. These scans will be compared to those of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias to help researchers understand pathology.

Please note that study participants will not receive direct feedback on their performance and brain images. Those not presently in good health, who have had history of neurological or psychiatric problems, or who cannot speak English proficiently should not volunteer for the study. When calling to volunteer, a research associate will ask interested participants a series of questions to determine eligibility. Participants will be compensated $40 for taking the cognitive tests. Participants will also be paid for undergoing brain scans. Learn more about the Berkeley Aging Cohort Study at http://jagustlab.neuro.berkeley.edu/ or contact the lab at (510) 643-6609.


Berkeley's Early Childhood Education Program
Volunteer in the classrooms assisting the teaching teams in caring for the wonderful children in the program. Four centers within walking distance of the University and one center at the University Village in Albany, serving children 3 moths to 5 years. For more information send email to ecep@berkeley.edu, or visit the website at: http://ece.berkeley.edu/  Download a volunteer application 


The Berkeley Project
Retirees are welcome to join in on this annual day of service Activities will wrap up between 3 and 5pm with an after-event back on campus. Volunteer tasks vary greatly -- there’s something for everyone! Find out more online:https://www.berkeleyproject.org/


Cal Alumni Association
Whether you want to come back to campus for the first time in 20 years, reconnect with classmates, build a stronger connection with the University, or make a difference in students’ lives; the Cal Alumni Association is a place where you can do it all!
http://alumni.berkeley.edu/volunteer
http://alumni.berkeley.edu/volunteer/interest-form



Cal Performances
Currently, Cal Performances utilizes over 200 volunteers as ushers at performances. The volunteer roster is currently full for the2013-2014 season, and the program is not taking on new volunteers.  If you would like to add your name to the list of potential future volunteers, please email volunteer@calperformances.org. You may be contacted in the future when Cal Performances needs more volunteers.

http://calperformances.org/support/volunteer/


Decision-Making Research Subject Volunteer Pool
Have you ever wondered about how you make decisions? The Moore Accuracy Lab in the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley is looking for participants to participate in a decision-making research study. They are interested in finding out if decision-making changes across different age-groups, and your participation will help them piece together a more complete picture.

If you are interested in participating in this study, sign up at: https://berkeley.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bw2Pqzur5hhyEND. If you have any questions, please contact Julia at 510-642-8639 or jprims@berkeley.edu.


Greater Good Science Center
Volunteers play an essential role at the Greater Good Science Center with everything from publicity to event staffing to editorial assistance.  We are looking for volunteers who want to contribute to the greater good by providing research and editorial assistance; helping us use social media; maintaining our website; fundraising; and producing multimedia content.
http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/get_involved/volunteer


Jepson Herbaria
Are you interested in:

  • learning more about the California flora;
  • gaining first-hand experience with herbarium techniques;
  • providing much-needed assistance with the specimens that are the raw data on which our knowledge of the California flora is based;
  • socializing with fellow native plant enthusiasts;
  • all of the above?

To be added to the Group Volunteer reminder list, please call Ana Penny (510) 642-2465. We also welcome individual volunteers who can come in during our regular hours (M-F 8-5). We will try to match your unique interests, abilities and schedule to one of the numerous curatorial projects that have been gathering dust. For more information about individual volunteer opportunities, call (510) 642-2465.  Seehttp://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/main/volunteer.html for more information.


Lawrence Hall of Science

Want to inspire future scientists? Have a desire to learn more about science yourself? Perched high on the hill above UC Berkeley is an exciting place where children and adults can step into the shoes of a scientist. The Lawrence Hall of Science has a variety of volunteer opportunities to engage children and families in hands-on science education.  Share your sense of wonder and exploration with our visitors while you discover your own interests. Flexible shifts and commitment levels available. Learn about our program and how you can get involved at our next adult volunteer orientation.

For more information and to sign up for our next orientation, visit: www.lawrencehallofscience.org/volunteer

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Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology recognizes the valuable contributions made by volunteers toward its mission of preservation, interpretation, research, and understanding of its collections.

Volunteer application forms are available for download or from the Museum's Administrative Office in 103 Kroeber Hall. Forms should be submitted with resumes when possible. 
Please contact the Museum at pahma-education@berkeley.edu if you have any questions. See http://hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/about/volunteering-and-internships for information and current opportunities.


Psychology Research Subject Volunteer Pool
If you are interested in participating in research through the Department of Psychology at UC Berkeley, find new and ongoing studies that are in need of participants online.  Each study is administered independently and may have specific requirements for participation. For more information on the study or to volunteer to participate, please contact the lab directly. - See more at: http://psychology.berkeley.edu/participant-recruitment/rsvp-research-subject-volunteer-pool


UC Berkeley Library 
The UC Berkeley Library Volunteer Program is a pilot program, consisting of a group of library enthusiasts who generously contribute their time and talents to the Library. It is important that every Library volunteer feel that he or she is doing meaningful and productive work, and we are eager to match volunteers with a job that suits his or her schedule and talent. Volunteers are asked to make a minimum 3 hours a week/3 month commitment. There are also special circumstances where volunteers are needed for a short-term project.

The Library Human Resources Department coordinates the Volunteer program and is located at 110 Doe Library. Volunteer office hours are 8am-noon and 1pm-4pm, Monday through Friday.
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/LHRD/volunteerprogram.html
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/LHRD/volunteer.html


UC Botanical Garden

The UC Botanical Garden has a thriving volunteer community. Our volunteers are essential to educating the public, maintaining the collection, growing plants for sale, aiding in research, staffing the Garden Shop, and helping with special events. The UC Botanical Garden welcomes volunteers in most departments.

Most volunteer positions require the ability to work at least once a week for a minimum of 3 hours between 9 am – 4 pm, Monday – Friday.  Exceptions include volunteers who work in the Garden Shop (3 hour shifts AM or PM, twice a month), Ambassadors (2 hour shifts, once a month minimum), and Special Event volunteers (ad hoc). The Garden Shop, Ambassador and Special Event volunteer programs are available seven days a week. 

We ask volunteers for a 1 year commitment with the exception of the Ambassador Program which can be shorter-term if needed. We ask all volunteers to become Garden members and to renew your membership each year. Volunteers are eligible to purchase memberships at the UC affiliate rate.

Visit the Garden's Volunteer web page to learn more about each volunteer program and to fill out an interest form. 

University Section Club: Since 1927, the University Section Club has encouraged a sense of community on the Berkeley campus. Welcoming newcomers and reaching across departmental boundaries from all corners of the university, it has been a catalyst for friendship and for service.  The Section Club offers a variety of  "sections" or interest groups which are the heart of the club- from languages to tennis, to birding to photography. Their number and activities are limited only by the imagination and energy of the members.  Volunteer activities include welcoming and supporting students, international scholars and their families. Fundraising activities, dues and donations support philanthropy to students which include emergency grants, financial support for student groups and programs, and two endowed scholarships.

http://sectionclub.berkeley.edu/