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 Summer Seasonal Position
TITLE: Part Time Seasonal Staff, June-August 2018
The Part Time Seasonal Staff works under the supervision of the Program Director and Visitor Services Director, and cooperates with the volunteers and other employees at Locust Grove.

An interest in education and history with some experience as a volunteer or employee in either area; outgoing and self-motivated, dependable and confident. Able to communicate clearly and effectively.
Be able to stand/walk a large portion of the work day. Be flexible and able to adapt to the changing needs of the site as required. Have the ability to learn to use cash register software and phone system.

Duties include but are not limited to:
1). Complete all training required regarding museum store and other routine site operations and the Cultural Pass program (training time is paid).
2). Complete docent training and be passed as a docent by the Curator of Collections and Education
3). Be an integral part of executing Locust Grove’s programs for Louisville Metro’s Cultural Pass program each Tuesday from June 5-August 7 by leading special tours, assisting with activities, checking guests in at the front desk, and reporting required data to Louisville Metro and the Arts and Culture Alliance.
4). Handle all front desk duties, including admissions, sales, phone reservations
5). Lead tours as needed
6). Other duties as required.

SCHEDULED HOURS: Approx. 20-25 hours per week:
Tuesdays, 9:30am-5pm, June 5-August 7
Fridays, 9:30 am-5pm, June 1 – August 31
Sunday, June 24, all day
Wednesday, July 4, all day
Thursday evening, June 14, July 19, August 30, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
To apply for the seasonal staff position, send a resume and cover letter to Brian Cushing at bcushing@locustgrove.org.
Full job description may also be viewed here.

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