There are many opportunities to make a difference! You can donate your time and talents to the Hermitage in many different ways. Volunteers are needed year-round in the Museum and Gardens as well as at special events. Internships are offered in several exciting areas to college students in the fall, spring, and summer.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Hermitage docentAt the Hermitage, our Museum Docents are the face of the museum. There is no experience required to become a docent. We are looking for individuals who love to learn and share their knowledge. Docents must be enthusiastic, dependable, and flexible.

Front Desk Greeter
Hermitage volunteerEveryone loves a smiling face! Greeters welcome guests to the museum, answer phone calls, run register transactions, and answer questions. We are looking for individuals who enjoy working with the public, have a pleasant attitude, and are passionate about the Hermitage.

Office Volunteer
Hermitage volunteerVolunteers are needed to help with a variety of projects throughout our departments, most including research, filing, and data entry. We have projects that volunteers can work on while at the Hermitage by establishing a regular volunteer schedule.

Gardens & Grounds Volunteer
garden volunteersNo experience is necessary because you will have the unique opportunity to learn how to identify plants, propagate, weed, deadhead, mulch, and water by working closely with our Curator of Gardens and other knowledgeable staff in 12 acres of beautiful gardens.

Wetlands & Garden Docent
garden volunteersWetlands & Garden docents serve as representatives of the Hermitage and support the museum by educating individuals about the wetlands, environment and gardens through our Wetlands Enrichment Tours program and other garden offerings. More info here

Special Events Volunteer
special events volunteersWe are looking for reliable individuals to help out at our outdoor movies, concerts, and other events by doing things like helping to set up, clean up, park cars, and greet guests. This is a great opportunity for individuals looking to volunteer on a one time basis and enjoy a movie or concert while doing it.

Summer Camp Counselor
camp counselor at the HermitageWe are looking for responsible, patient, and caring individuals who enjoy working with children to act as volunteer camp counselors. Counselors will do a variety of things like helping campers with art projects and leading campers on nature walks and tours of the museum.

Submission deadline: ongoing
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete a Volunteer Application!
For questions, contact Victoria Kearney at volunteercoordinator@thehermitagemuseum.org or 757.423.2052 x200

What are the benefits of becoming a Hermitage volunteer?

  • Opportunities to learn about things that interest you
  • Help strengthen the Hermitage and play an active role in its success
  • Meet other individuals with similar interests
  • Meet and work with museum professionals and artists
  • Free admission to the Museum
  • Receive the Museum Newsletter and other mailings
  • Advance notice of Museum programs, workshops and classes


Internship Opportunities

Event Planning
History/Research (Sloane Collection, Gardens, and Architecture)

The Hermitage Museum Internship is an unpaid, volunteer position. Students are responsible for contacting their respective school for all academic and funding requirements. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and receiving college credit for their internship to apply.


Internship  Application Deadlines
Winter/Spring January-April  December 15
Summer May- August April 30
Fall September-December August 30

Fill out an application here!

Or contact: Lindsay Neal, 757.423.2052 x300, lneal@thehermitagemuseum.org, to request an application.