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.
Volunteer

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.

Docents
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 Fall Internship
2017 Fall Internship at Historic Locust Grove, Louisville, KY
Museum Education Intern (1 position available) FALL 2017 (approx. 10-15 hours per week)
Application Deadline: August 20, 2017

Under the supervision of the Curator, the intern will:
1. Work with education staff to learn the history of Locust Grove in order to assist with field trip programs for primarily for K-5 students
2. Train to give tours of the museum house for student groups
3. Assist with hands-on field trip program activities
4. Train to demonstrate period craft activities for school groups
5. Work with education staff on additional education projects as needed
6. Cross-train as a docent to provide occasional tours for the general public
7. Cross-train in the Visitors’ Center to assist with customer service on occasion

The internship will run from September through December.
Hours are somewhat flexible, but preferred hours are: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30am-12:30pm
Qualifications:
Must be currently enrolled in graduate or upper level undergraduate studies (Museum Studies, Public History, Education, History, Pan-African Studies, Humanities, Anthropology or similar), or have completed either/or. Intern should be detail-oriented, organized, and able to work independently; experience with children is preferred. Must be able to climb stairs and lift up to 20lbs. A solid background in Early American, Colonial America, and Revolutionary War history a plus. An in-person interview is required.
If interested please send cover letter and resume to Mary Beth Williams: mwilliams@locustgrove.org

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

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