Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Whether your interests are gardening, history, research or retail Locust Grove needs you!

Locust Grove volunteers are essential to the daily operation of the site. If you would like to be part of this vital volunteer corps contact us for more information.  A review of the daily management and mission of Locust Grove will be presented with a detailed description of the variety of volunteer opportunities.

Long Range Volunteer Opportunities

Training for these positions requires a one to two year commitment.

Visitors' Center
Volunteers assist in taking admissions, operating the museum store, answering the phone and greeting visitors.

Volunteers complete a training course to conduct tours at Locust Grove. Docents can also train in crafts of the period and give costumed demonstrations. Prior experience or knowledge is not required, but an enthusiasm for history is welcomed.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Flower and Herb Garden
Volunteers work with the staff gardener in weeding, planting and maintaining the flower beds, herb garden and quadrant gardens. Volunteers must initially meet with the staff gardener but can arrange to work at their convenience.

Afternoon Lecture Series
The Afternoon Lecture is held the first Wednesday of each month. Volunteers work from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. preparing the dessert buffet and cleaning up after the lecture. Time spent cooking at home is included in volunteer service.

Summer Camps
Volunteers assist camp leaders in craft activities for children 6-12 years. Camps are held in June and July of each summer.

Book Sale
Volunteers work to sort and organize books donated throughout the year. Volunteers also assist with set up and selling books at the sales that are held twice-yearly, in March and August. Book sale volunteers must attend a training session beforehand.

Special Events
Volunteers assist in taking admissions, baking, concessions, parking, set up and clean up for weekend events such as the Gardeners' Fair, Antiques Markets, and Market Fair. Events are held once a month April thru July and September thru December.

2018 Fall Internship 

For: Undergraduate and Graduate Students and recent graduates
Begins August 15, 2018 and ends November 7, 2018.
Supervisor: Brian Cushing, Program Director

This internship will provide project planning experience and the opportunity to learn about event management at a non-profit museum and historic site. Throughout the course of this internship, the accepted applicant will work hands-on with the Program Director on all aspects of preparation, execution, and follow up from the 18th Century Market Fair, a weekend-long program featuring Revolutionary War military re-enactors, along with period food, performers, vendors, and more, which will be held October 27-28, 2018.

This is Locust Grove’s largest and most complex interpretive special event and will offer the intern a broad range of experience in the many facets of putting on a special event at an historic site including working with volunteer committees, obtaining permitting through state and local government agencies, volunteer coordination, site preparation, marketing and promotion, budgeting, coordinating with outside consultants and vendors, managing site operations during the event, and following up afterwards.

Total time commitment will be approximately 70 hours, with hours per week increasing as the event gets closer. Preparation work for the event will occur both during the standard business day and some early evenings. During the event weekend, October 26-28, this will involve 10-12 hour days.

An internship stipend of $600 will be paid at the end of the internship.

To apply, please email Brian Cushing at bcushing@locustgrove.org with a letter of interest and your resumé. Applications will be accepted until August 15, 2018.
The full internship description can be found here.

For questions about volunteering, please contact Mary Beth Williams - mwilliams@locustgrove.org.  
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