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Oatlands Volunteer Handbook

What can you expect from Oatlands as a Volunteer?

  • Professional and safe work environment.
  • Adequate information and training to carry out the job.
  • Trust and respect from staff and fellow volunteers.
  • Ongoing support and supervision.
  • Recognition for contribution of time and expertise.
  • 10% discount at Oatlands Museum Store and free admission to the historic mansion. 
  • Invitation to our Volunteer Appreciation Party.

What does Oatlands expect from you as a Volunteer?

  • Complete the initial application process.
  • Attend a meeting with the Volunteer Manager to get all your questions answered.
  • Once your volunteer position is finalized, attend a training and work with manager to coordinate your volunteering schedule. 
  • Be on time and dependable.
  • Record hours worked.
  • Provide good customer service with a smile, courtesy and positive attitude.

Volunteer Position Descriptions

Afternoon Tea Volunteer- Pour tea and serve guests.  Volunteering for teas includes filling tea pots, serving food, describing tea and food for visitors, removing dishes and serving pieces after guests are finished eating.  This position could also include the set up procedure which would be setting the tables and helping to set up tea trays.

Education Assistants:  Great volunteer opportunity for retired educators! This position would help during the busy field trip season by presenting programs to school groups. 

Garden/Landscape Volunteers- Volunteering in the garden includes general garden chores.  Work in the garden is assigned according to the interest and ability of individuals.  Help with seasonal grounds work.  This position would include light grounds maintenance such as picking up sticks, edging, raking leaves, etc. Projects for groups or for corporate events in the garden can be coordinated as well.  

Research Volunteers: Assist the Education and Preservation departments in special research projects. Possible projects include transcribing letters or working on digital history projects for the website.

Visitor Center Greeters: Assist Visitor Center Assistants at front desk with greeting visitors to Oatlands. Hold door open when guests arrive and greet them with a smile and ask what brings them to Oatlands. On busy weekend days, this volunteer will be stationed near the kiosk to greet visitors as they arrive and lead them to the Carriage House Visitor Center. If staff at desk are very busy, this volunteer may help with ticket sales and orient guests on how to get to the mansion or garden. 

**We are happy to accept groups of volunteers for a big group project. Projects might include a day of weeding or planting in the garden, helping clean a particular area on the property, or helping with a festival or special event with parking and ticketing. If you are interested in bringing a group for one day of volunteering please email the Volunteer Manager at kmiller@oatlands.org. Thank you!