View from the Butler's Pantry

View from the Butler’s Pantry

At its height, Wistariahurst had over a dozen people in its day to day staff. From gardeners to nannies to chauffeurs, every task had someone ready and willing to accomplish it. Today, we may no longer need those chauffeurs or nannies, but docents, event assistants and archive volunteers have taken their place. We can be flexible with many different schedules and strive to make sure you get as much out of your volunteer experience here as we do.

Below are some of the opportunities available to those interested in giving their time to Wistariahurst.

Tours at Wistariahurst Museum are all guided by a docent. The goal is to provide interactive historic house tours for adult and youth visitors. We are looking for energetic folks to bring our story to life for visitors of all ages & interests. Those interested must be outgoing, articulate, have a positive attitude and be willing to commit time each month to serve as a docent at the museum. If you like history, storytelling, theater or education, a docent’s life might just be for you! We require our docents to sign up for two shifts a month at the least, in most cases coinciding with the hours of operation. Thus, availability during our regular hours of operation is required.

Visitor Services
When we invite guests into the museum, whether it be for a guided house tour, a wine tasting or a gallery opening, we hope they are greeted with a welcoming smile and a hearty “Hello!”. Volunteers involved in visitor services help us keep track of our attendance, take entry fees for programs, and generally assist wherever may be needed before, during or after an event. We require our visitor service volunteers to sign up for two shifts a month at the least, in most cases coinciding with the hours of operation. Thus, availability during our regular hours of operation is required.

Tasks include things like weeding, trimming, planting, watering, and working to maintain the historic landscape. See our Garden Volunteers page to learn more about our fabulous team of volunteer gardeners.

Archive Assistant
If you love history, research, and have strong computer skills, you will have fun in this volunteer position!  This position primarily involves overseeing public use of archival materials, and research and assistance with local museum inventory and preservation of its collections. Volunteers have the chance to work directly with the City Historian on researching inquiries and conducting collection inventories in the museum archives. To learn more about the collections you may be of assistance with, please visit our Collections page.

Work with staff to develop and implement educational programming. Specific opportunities exist to organize and develop youth programs for children, including girl/boy scouts, professional development workshops for educators as well as programs and resources for other audiences. Volunteer must be willing to commit to the research, development, implementation and oversight of at least one educational program for the museum.

Administrative Assistants
During the week, the museum is still busy as a bee with plenty of behind the scenes work to do. We can always use help with answering telephones, managing paperwork, writing brief letters, preparing mailings, data entry, and filing etc. Experience with computers and answering phones and organizational skills are preferred.

Hattie Riley, head housekeeper of the Skinners, unfortunately is no longer around to help keep the building looking its finest, but we bet you could do a great job, too! This opportunity is perfect if you don’t mind doing some light dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, or even taking linens home to be washed.

Apply Now: Click here to download our Volunteer Application