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We value diversity in all areas of our operations and welcome all qualified applicants. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Capital Campaign Associate

Seattle Opera is accepting applications for the position of Capital Campaign Associate. The full-time, hourly position reports to the Capital Campaign Manager and provides administrative support for the $25 million capital campaign to build Seattle Opera’s permanent home at Mercer Arena. The position is responsible for the capital campaign data management and record-keeping process in the Tessitura database, including processing and documenting a high volume of campaign gifts, pledges, acknowledgments, and expenses. The campaign associate works closely with staff and volunteers to meet campaign goals.

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Development Operations Assistant

Seattle Opera is now accepting applications for the position of Development Operations Assistant. This is a seasonal, 20-hour/week, non-exempt position and reports to the Development Operations Manager. The approximate work period is from October 19, 2015 through January 15, 2016. The Development Operations Assistant is responsible for providing data entry and administrative support to our Annual Giving and Donor Services team. The position will principally involve entering donor contribution information into the Tessitura database, as well as the processing of Development department payables. Accuracy and attention to detail are critical requirements for this position.

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Administrative Coordinator

Seattle Opera is accepting applications for the position of Administrative Coordinator. This full-time position reports to the Director of Education and is responsible for helping ensure the smooth functioning of the department’s programs and activities by performing a variety of financial, budgetary and administrative activities, and functioning as an interdepartmental liaison.

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Development Research Manager

Seattle Opera is accepting applications for the position of Development Research Manager. This full-time, salaried position reports to the Associate Director of Development, Individual Giving. The Development Research Manager is accountable for managing a comprehensive research program to support the fundraising activities of Seattle Opera. 

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Research & Data Analyst

Seattle Opera is accepting applications for the position of Research and Data Analyst. This full time, salaried position reports to the Director of Education and Community Engagement and is responsible for managing the implementation of a robust assessment protocol and related processes and systems, disseminating research findings to a variety of constituencies, and managing all administrative aspects of research and evaluation.

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Direct Sales & Telefunding Representative

Bring your voice to the Seattle Opera! Join Seattle Opera for our new, in-house, subscription and fund campaigns. Applicants must be articulate, motivated, dependable, and detail & customer-service oriented. Previous telephone/sales experience preferred. 20 hours weekly; day/eve shifts. Hourly, plus commission, plus perks and bonuses. Excellent earning potential based on performance. Contact: Dan Murphy 206-676-5802.


Current Internships

How to Apply
Download an Adobe PDF application and follow the instructions for submission.

For additional information about any internship posted, please contact the person noted on that position.

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Artist Aides

Artist Aides are a group of over 50 stalwart volunteers who are a crucial part of the Seattle Opera family, and are essential for the welcoming of our guest artists.

The purpose of the Artist Aide program is to assist our guest artists with transportation and other hospitality needs. Artist Aides volunteer for as much or as little driving and helping as their time permits.

Primary responsibilities of an Artist Aide include picking up guest artists at the airport; providing transportation to and from rehearsals, costume fittings, performances, and medical appointments; as well as taking guest artists to the airport for their return home.

Artist Aides have the opportunity to become better acquainted with our visiting artists on the first-rehearsal day, at which the group hosts a buffet. Many of the Artist Aides participate in cast parties hosted by the General Director. In addition, Aides who are driving to/from rehearsals sometimes remain on site and thus have an opportunity to observe rehearsals in progress.

Drivers must submit proof of a valid Washington State Driver’s license and proper liability insurance. All Artist Aides are subject to a background check, must have email, a cell phone and a clean reliable car. For most visiting guest artists our Artist Aides are their first introduction to Seattle Opera. Come be a vital part of the production process!

If you have questions or would like to arrange an interview, please email Paula Podemski at

Thank you for considering this important volunteer opportunity and for supporting Seattle Opera!

Production Volunteers

The Production department is always looking for reliable people willing to volunteer their time and talents. Volunteering with the Production Department gives you the opportunity to experience what goes into creating a production. Choose from the positions below to learn more about how you can become a part of the opera.


Non-speaking acting roles - like being an extra in a movie!

Supernumeraries are volunteers who appear on stage in mute, non-singing roles, much like being an extra in a movie. Being a "super" takes lots of time and patience, but is a lot of fun and a good learning experience. Time requirements vary per opera, but the average commitment is three evenings a week and a weekend day for three rehearsal weeks, four to six hours for five nights during "tech week", and then, anywhere from six to eight performances on various nights throughout the two weeks of performances. Men of the ages 18 - 50 are the most needed. Small children are always encouraged to apply. Supers receive 2 tickets to a dress rehearsal of the show in which they appear.

How to Apply
Please phone the Production Supervisor at 206.676.5812 to schedule an in-person interview to find out more details about this exciting volunteer opportunity.

Youth Chorus

Youth (approx ages 7-12) sing in operas requiring children’s voices.

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Other Volunteer Positions

For information about all other Seattle Opera volunteer opportunities, please contact Human Resources Director Nancy Del Villar Vivé at 206.676.5521 or

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