Volunteers attending a talk by Anne Noble at the start of Precarious Nature
Thanks to our volunteers and interns.

Our work is made possible thanks to a huge team of voluntary staff who work as interns, assistants and receptionists. As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on the goodwill and in-kind support from the community to present our exhibitions.

Current CoCA Volunteers:

Rosemary Fitzgerald
Judith Knibb
Jenny Walker
Kate Kitchingham
Kirsty de Heer
Kay McKinnon
Jacqui Beever
Sam Quinn
Ryan Yee

Past CoCA Interns:

Uma Tuffnell - Industry Development Intern 2019

Jess Adlam - Public Programmes and Education Intern 2018
Eliza Sinead - Curatorial Intern 2018

Marlene Braach - Marketing Intern; 2018
Bojana Rimbovska - Curatorial Intern; Performance Series 2016-17 & Season 2 2017 - 2018
Bridget Harris - 
Curatorial Intern; Performance Series 2016-17 & Season 2 2017
Karin Bathgate - 
Curatorial Intern; David Shrigley Public Programming 2017
Lison Colin - 
Curatorial Intern; Season 2 2017
Alexandra Callaghan - 
Curatorial Intern; Season 2 2017
Eleyna Rider - 
Curatorial Intern; Season 2 2017
Lesley Fitzgerald - 
Curatorial Intern; Season 2 2017, Marketing Intern
Aisha Ah Mu - 
Curatorial Intern; Season 2 2017
Ater Belobeeva - 
Coordination Intern, Curatorial Intern Season 2 2017, Marketing Intern
Alex Olsen-Smith - 
Marketing Intern
Dee Clarke - 
Marketing Intern
Joanne Lee - 
Marketing Intern
Mariana Jacinta - Marketing Intern
Lucy Ovenden - Curatorial Intern; Precarious Nature 2016-17
Mikayla Hubert - Curatorial Intern; Precarious Nature 2016-17
Jason Huang - Curatorial Intern; Precarious Balance, and CoCA Relaunch 2015-16
Bryany Joslen - Curatorial Intern; Precarious Balance, and CoCA Relaunch 2015-16
Audrey Baldwin - Curatorial Intern; Precarious Balance, and CoCA Relaunch 2015-16
Aimee Shaw - Gallery Intern; Season 1 & 2, 2016
Rachael Paintin - Curatorial Intern; Public Programmes and Design, Seasons 2-4 2016
Indira Force - Curatorial Intern; Public Programmes, Season 3-4 2016-17
Anne Catherine Berrut-Marechaud - Marketing Intern, Season 3 2016 

Image: Volunteers attending a talk by Anne Noble as part of exhibition training for Precarious Nature, 2016.

Interested in Volunteering at CoCA?

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers aged 16 and over to assist us at CoCA Toi Moroki. As a member of our team you'll be the friendly face greeting our visitors at reception and invigilating in the exhibitions. This includes front-of-house, meeting and greeting, administrative duties and fielding general enquiries, as well as keeping our art works and visitors safe while assisting guests with interactive aspects of the exhibitions. You don't need gallery experience or in-depth knowledge of art - however essential attributes are reliability, a willingness to learn, a love of art, proficient computer literacy and most importantly, strong communication skills.

Our cohort is hugely varied, from highschool students to retirees, from artists to accountants and scientists - we're a friendly bunch and welcome your unique perspectives. We also welcome those on working holiday visas - conversational English is required, but you're welcome to speak your language to our guests from your part of the world.

Ideally, we request that you initially commit to at least one half day shift per week. CoCA is open Tuesday - Friday 10-5pm, Saturday 10-3pm and most shifts are within these hours. We also need help for events such as exhibition openings and public programmes. Availability during school holidays is a bonus, but not essential. As the roles require some lifting, carrying and reaching you will need to be reasonably physically fit.

Hands-on experience working in a contemporary public art gallery Exhibition training with curators and artists in our exhibitions
Gain insight into behind the scenes at an art gallery
Make connections with like minded arts lovers and organisations You will also receive a comprehensive induction, seasonal exhibition briefings, and acknowledgment on our website.

Please email info@coca.org.nz with some information about yourself and why you would like to volunteer with us.

“Every day at CoCA was an opportunity to learn and be challenged. I have gained insight behind the processes of reopening a contemporary art gallery and making its first exhibition. Working with such a creative and dedicated team, I have witnessed the diversity and innovation that goes into making CoCA's programmes and future programmes as engaging and inspiring as they are and will be.”
– Jason Huang