Volunteers

 
 
Volunteers

Volunteering is a meaningful way to give back to your community. At The Hermitage, volunteers participate in bringing history to life for our guests while exploring the larger-than-life personality of Jackson, the era named after him, and the beautiful plantation he called home!

Our next volunteer orientation will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 beginning at 9:00 am.  Attendees will be given a staff-led mansion tour, followed by sessions designed to introduce volunteers to all the areas of the museum that require volunteer service. We will also practice visitor services skills and discuss how to get involved in special projects. Refreshments will be provided. To register for the volunteer orientation, please reserve a seat by April 22! Contact Erin Adams by email or by phone at 615-889-2941 ext. 211.

VOLUNTEERING:

We are currently filling the following volunteer positions:

·         Breezeway Greeter 1/ Group Greeter

The Breezeway Greeter/Group Greeter is stationed in Breezeway. Their main responsibilities are to greet visitors as they come up or down breezeway, assist with directions, answering any questions, and explaining tour options, assist Ticket Office in directing people to specific windows, encourage comment card use, uphold policies of Hermitage. In addition, this person greets groups that come to The Hermitage; directs them on the best process for their tour, answers questions, etc. This positions reports to the Guest Services Manager. Positions are available daily during working hours, divided into morning and afternoon shifts. The volunteer will also be requested to provide transportation assistance to handicapped guests by operating a golf cart.

·         Lawn Greeter

The Lawn Greeter is stationed at back porch of Mansion or in other areas around Mansion as needed and will assist guests with questions, directions, concerns as needed. This position reports to the Interpretation Manager. Positions are available daily during open hours, divided into morning and afternoon shifts. The volunteer will also be requested to provide transportation assistance to handicapped guests by operating a golf cart.

·         Gardens Volunteer

Volunteer Gardeners will assist gardening department by planting, weeding, watering, etc. in Hermitage garden, vegetable garden, around the Andrew Jackson Center, Administration Building and other areas of site as needed. This position reports to the Head Gardener. Positions are available daily during season.

·         Special Events Volunteer

Special events volunteers work periodically throughout the year (as your schedule allows) when The Hermitage has an event planned for the public. Duties vary but may consist of greeting visitors for the event, staffing educational activity stations, or assisting with crowd control. Events may take place on weekends, weekdays, or evenings. Some of the events these volunteers will work include the Battle of New Orleans Commemoration, Andrew Jackson's Birthday Celebration, and Hauntings at the Hermitage. This position reports to the Director of Public Programs & Volunteers. The volunteer will also be requested to provide transportation assistance to handicapped guests by operating a golf cart.

Group Volunteers

Groups such as civic organizations, businesses, and clubs wishing to perform a day of service are welcome at The Hermitage. Just a few of the groups we've hosted include Deloitte, the Nashville Corvette Club, Schneider Electric, and others. Projects for large groups can include trash pickup, painting, cleaning, fencing repairs, and prop construction for special events. We can tailor any opportunity to the group's time restraints and abilities and interests. Volunteer days include a tour of the mansion and a few small thank you gifts. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator directly to see if your group can participate in the work of The Hermitage: Erin Adams, eadams@thehermitage.com or 615-889-2941 x211.

If you are interested in volunteering at The Hermitage, please fill out this volunteer application to PDF app and return it to the volunteer coordinator either by mailing it to the physical address below or scanning and emailing it to the volunteer coordinator.  Your application will be reviewed and accepted candidates will be invited to the next Volunteer Orientation. A background check is required before starting volunteer service.

Volunteer Orientation is offered monthly and is required to begin volunteering at The Hermitage. The Orientation will last approximately four hours and be followed by a tour. Because of the time and effort involved in training volunteers, we ask that volunteers commit to a minimum of two four hour shifts a month. After 40 hours volunteered, volunteers will receive benefits with The Hermitage!

VOLUNTEER BENEFITS:

A Hermitage volunteer who has completed 40 hours of service enjoys free admission to the grounds and buildings during regular working hours. They also enjoy a 10% discount in the Museum Store – a wonderful resource for unique gifts and memorabilia! Of course, by volunteering at The Hermitage, you will have the opportunity to learn more about Andrew Jackson, a pivotal figure in American history, and the Jacksonian era while helping guests learn the lessons of history at The Hermitage.

For further questions, please email Erin Adams at

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Volunteer Coordinator

The Hermitage
Home of President Andrew Jackson
4580 Rachel’s Lane
Nashville, TN 37076
Phone 615-889-2941 ext. 211
Fax 615-889-9289