Victoria Mansion would not be the vibrant organization it is without volunteers. We offer training sessions throughout the year and have a variety of opportunities available. Volunteers at Victoria Mansion are the public face of the museum. By generously donating their time, volunteers enable the Mansion staff to focus on restoration, educational initiatives, and other projects.
What our current docents have to say about volunteering:
“I come to the Mansion with a smile on my face and every time I work there I come away a little smarter and a bit more encouraged about that potential that each of us has to constantly grow as a person.”
“Sharing that which is beautiful in art and architecture gives me great joy! Volunteering at Victoria Mansion is one of the most meaningful undertakings of my life.”
Volunteers at the Mansion can take part in several ways. The most popular option is to receive training as a docent. Docents act as a room stewards on free-flow days, give guided tours, and lead themed tours to school groups. Other ways volunteers can help are to assist with special events and programs, help in the museum gift shop, offer administrative support to the office staff, and join committees. The Earle G. Shettleworth Junior Docent Program provides training for students ages 12-18 to act as room stewards in the house.
Benefits and Requirements of Volunteering
What the Mansion provides
- A docent manual (approximately 100 pages of information on the house and relevant contextual information)
- Opportunities for educational enrichment throughout the year
- Regular email updates when new information becomes available
- Social events throughout the year
- Mentoring relationship with an experienced docent
- Intensive training period for new volunteers offered throughout the year
- Annual “refresher” courses prior to the start of the regular season
What the Mansion asks for in return
- Forty hours of volunteer time per year (approximately thirteen, three-hour shifts)
- Promptness in signing up for shifts
- Ability to stand for three hours (there is flexibility with this)
- Adherence to Mansion rules
“Volunteers often tell me how their work at Victoria Mansion enriches their lives and broadens their perspectives. The rewards including interacting with visitors from around the world, collaborating with other people of like interests, learning new information, getting a behind-the-scenes look at how a historic house museum operates, and the pride that comes with acting as an ambassador for a National Historic Landmark. One volunteer who has been with us for over forty years sums it up nicely: ‘I still have a sense of wonder and excitement every time I walk through the front doors.”
-Executive Director, Tom Johnson
To sign up or learn more about volunteering at Victoria Mansion please contact Director of Education Stacia Hanscom at 207-772-4841 ext. 104 or by email.