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.

2017 Summer Internship
Curatorial intern (1 position available) SUMMER (15-20 hours per week)
Application Deadline: Friday, May 5, 2017
Under the supervision of the Curator, the intern will:
1. Inventory and catalog artifacts, teaching collection objects, and props located in the newly opened farm distillery exhibit
2. Photograph all artifacts and teaching collections objects in the distillery
3. Label artifacts and teaching collection object with catalog number as needed
4. Perform condition report of all artifacts and update condition information as needed
5. Enter or update catalog information in the collection database PastPerfect 5.0, for artifacts and teaching collection, and a spreadsheet for props and other miscellaneous objects
6. Cross-train as a docent to provide occasional guided tours
7. Cross-train in the visitors center to assist with customer service on occasion

The internship will start at the beginning of June and end in mid-August. A stipend will be provided upon the successful completion of the internship.

Must be currently enrolled in graduate studies (museum studies, public history, Pan African studies, history, education or similar), or upper level undergraduate studies (history, humanities, anthropology, education, or similar), or have completed either degree. Intern should be detail oriented, organized, and able to work independently. Must be able to climb stairs and lift up to 20lbs. A solid background in Early American and Revolutionary War history a plus. Experience with children age K-12 desirable. An in-person interview with the Curator is required.
If interested please send cover letter and resume to:
Mary Beth Williams, Curator of Collections and Education
E-mail: mwilliams@locustgrove.org

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

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