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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
At 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
Everyone 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.
Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of projects, most including research, filing, and data entry. We have projects that volunteers can work on at the Hermitage and some for those who prefer to work from home as well.
Gardens & Grounds Volunteer
No 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.
WET Program Docent
As a docent for the Wetlands Enrichment Tours (WET) program, you would be teaching students about what a wetland is and why it is important. WET docents must be comfortable working with children and enjoy sharing knowledge.
Special Events Volunteer
We 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
We 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 and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions, contact Allie Lane at 757.423.2052 x204
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
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.
Fall: September 1
Spring: December 15
Summer: April 30