Since the dream began, Salem's Rivefront Carousel continues to touch the hearts, spark the imaginations and ignite the creative spirits of hundreds of VOLUNTEERS in the Salem area.  


Donations of time and talent from those who want to have part in the region’s Jewel of the Willamette Valley and our living history constantly delight us!  


We are grateful with the community’s response and support as we venture together keeping the dream alive!

Volunteer with Us!

The Volunteer Experience

*JOIN a group of community-minded individuals dedicated to creating a fun atmosphere and memorable experience for visitors from around the world.


*BE a part of history in a landmark setting that is an enduring symbol of community pride and cooperation.


*MAKE an impact by contributing your time and talents to the local arts community, and in support of the financial sustainability of our organization.


*ENJOY the smiles of children, the interest of the public and the camaraderie of friends.


*LEARN and enhance your skills in a variety of areas with our volunteer placement training.


*RECEIVE Free rides on the Carousel for you & your immediate family/friends, 10% Discounts on regular priced merchandise in the Gift Gallery, a personalized Name Tag & Free Carousel Volunteer T-shirt – as part of our THANK YOU and recognition of your service!

*Schedule an Interview

*Fill out our Application

*Complete the Screening

*Learn About US!

        -Complete an Orientation on the
          history and current happenings of  
          our organization

*Get Trained!

        -Complete a two week Job
          Shadow/On-the-job Training


        -Participate and provide feedback as
         part of your initial & ongoing

*Decide on Your Commitment Level!

        -Help us determine the best fit for
         you in regard to your gift of time and
         our placement opportunities

How Do I Get Started?

It's All About Service!

There is a place for you to make a difference…


Year Round, Short Term, Seasonal and Training Placements available in all departments.



Like short term jobs, or drop in opportunities? Prefer a once-a-month or couple of times a year type of volunteering?

*Check Out our annual Signature & Community Events throughout the year.

*Help impact your community through outreach and educational interaction.

*Experience fellowship and fun on a creative level

Help Make the Magic Happen!

Like people, especially kids?


Looking for a new way to have fun  & be involved?


Take a turn in the driver’s seat of our organization by becoming a 

Carousel Ride Operator!

Morning and afternoon shifts available.


Meet, greet and help to seat—people of all ages from all over the world—and create an experience that will last a lifetime!


See yourself as a Customer Service or Sales person?


Do you like to be extra busy &


Help support the financial sustainability efforts of our organization!


Gift Gallery Assistants:

Multi-task retail sales, answer phones, manage merchandise, act as cashier, wrap packages and help coordinate rental event bookings, oh my!


Token Booth Attendants:

Meet, greet and interact with visitors, share our living history, answer questions about Carousel happenings, and sell tokens & passes seven days a week.




Delve into the Art of Woodcarving

·Express Yourself!


·Experienced and novice artists are invited to participate in creating and crafting works of art showcasing our living history and ongoing development toward sustainability.


·Find a Mentor-match and learn about woodcarving and painting


·Join a team of Artisans & Carousel Carvers developing ideas & items for our Gift Gallery and Gala fundraisers


·Enjoy being self-directed regarding your schedule and projects

Volunteers are the Heartbeat
of the Carousel

Serving our community since 2001

It's All About Loving
What You Do!

Laura Tea-Pelley

Assistant Director & Volunteer Programs Manager


Call: 503.540.0374



Download Our Volunteer Information Brochure

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