Discover Nikkei Job & Volunteer Opportunities

Discover Nikkei is a project of the Japanese American National Museum. It’s a multilingual website about Nikkei—Japanese migrants and their descendants in the world.

Our mission is to celebrate cultural diversity and explores both global and local identities through an international network. The project connects generations and communities by sharing stories and perspectives of the Nikkei, people of Japanese descent who have migrated and settled throughout the world.

Join Our Team

Job Opening  |  Volunteering


Discover Nikkei Junior Software Engineer

The Discover Nikkei Software Engineer will be leading the technical elements for a project to redesign and expand the features, functionality, usability, and user engagement of the existing community-based, multilingual site. The site is built using the Django framework on AWS. The Discover Nikkei Software Engineer will be responsible for project managing the implementation and launch of the expanded site, including working with team members and web design consultants on updated site design which will include responsive design layouts, writing the majority of new code needed for the expansion, coordinating technical efforts of a small team of staff and volunteers, leading alpha and beta testing efforts, and launch.

Most of this work will be done remotely, although on-site work or meetings may be required on occasion. This is a full-time, temporary position with set weekly hours, but hours are flexible. May 2022 through January 2024. Candidate can work outside Los Angeles area, but must reside in United States and be fluent in English. Click on the link below for more details about the position, qualifications, and to apply.




Thank you for your interest in helping us grow Discover Nikkei! We have a very limited budget to run this project and so we depend on volunteers to help us with all aspects of the site as well as related virtual programs and promotion. Language support is needed in English, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Writing
  • Translations
  • Editing / Proofreading
  • Transcriptions
  • Web Development
  • Graphic Design / Illustrations
  • Video Editing

Most Discover Nikkei volunteers work remotely and communication and coordination is primarily done through e-mail or through Slack. All volunteers must be able to communicate in writing and verbally in basic English, although Japanese and Spanish can be accommodated as secondary languages.

You do not need to be a professional in the area that you are volunteering. Many of our volunteers are students or others wanting to gain experience, while others just want the opportunity to learn about new topics, contribute to the documentation and exploration of global Nikkei history and culture, and connect with Nikkei around the world. Volunteers just need to demonstrate proficiency in the area of work. Writers/editors/translators must submit samples that demonstrate fluency and skill in the language they will be writing/translating into.

View a summary of volunteer requirements.

If you are interested in joining our team, please fill out our online volunteer application form. If you have questions, contact us at


Note: We will be adding more details about volunteer opportunities soon.