Mabry-Hazen House offers a variety of opportunities for individuals interested in volunteering and becoming involved with the Foundation. Placement is made based on an individual’s interests, experience, abilities, availability, and on current volunteer openings. If you have a passion to help, we can find a project that works with your own personal style. To volunteer, contact us!
How You Can Assist Us:
Garden Clubs – With nearly 11 acres of property and designation as Level 1 arboretum, there is always an outdoor project that needs attention. Garden volunteers help with the maintenance and care of our grounds. Tasks like garden bed care, grounds maintenance, bush pruning and weeding are typical.
Green thumbs are welcome to adopt a bed and make it their own. For those without green thumbs, we are always looking for people to help water and weed. Our garden volunteers are welcome to come and go at their convenience and/or participate in scheduled garden days. Mabry-Hazen House has tools and gloves available for use during larger gatherings. This is a wonderful volunteer activity for the whole family.
Docent (Tour Guide) – By far the element most visible to the public, guides and interpreters present the history of the home to the guests in an engaging and accurate manner. These docents open/close the museum, house host, and are specially trained to give the orientation portion of our tour. Thus, in addition to public speaking, these volunteers will engage in primary and secondary source research in order to craft their own tour program. Ideally, programs will develop as volunteers interpret new works and sources. They also provide private tours for groups, as needed.
Archival Assistants - With a collection of approximately 5,000 artifacts, it is imperative that every piece is properly preserved and accounted for. Task include organizing and cataloguing documents and artifacts, researching objects, updating information in the collection management databases, preparing condition reports, collections care, and exhibition development.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Much more…let us know what you have in mind!
If you are a student looking to work in the museum or historical field, we have internships available where you can learn a variety of skills that will benefit you in the museum and non-profit profession. Interns have the opportunity to choose a department in which to focus, but throughout the internship, individuals will work in both the interpretation and collections department to gather valuable experience and a holistic perspective of the museum field.
Interns work directly with the executive director to assist with projects, which can include the planning and presentation of educational programming, interpretation research and facilitation, visitor services, special event coordination, research and present public interpretative programs, conduct tours of historic house and site, assist with marketing projects such as email newsletters and social media, and perform archival tasks and duties. Interns will receive hands-on, practical experience. The positions are unpaid, but Mabry-Hazen House will work with the intern’s home institution to provide academic credit. More information on internships requirements can be found here.
Lastly, ADVOCATE for us! Tell your friends, family, and representatives about the rich history that we preserve. Encourage them to visit us and attend one of our special events. Help preserve history!