Create new history at The Hermitage!

Become a Docent (Tour Guide)

Wonderful Volunteers!

If you enjoy interacting with people, are curious about American history, and want to help promote Bergen County’s historic heritage, we invite you to become a volunteer docent/interpreter at the Hermitage Museum. Docents provide invaluable support to The Hermitage in its mission to promote a deeper understanding of history. Docents’ duties include:

  • Guiding visitors on tours of The Hermitage during regular public hours (Wednesdays-Sundays, 1-4 p.m.);
  • Leading tours of The Hermitage for scheduled groups and during museum events;
  • Promoting the Friends of the Hermitage and its mission and providing visitors with a positive museum experience.

Hermitage docents lead an average of four tours per month. Engaging visitors from across the state and country is inspiring and fulfilling work. Becoming a docent also provides an opportunity to build a closer relationship with this important Bergen County historical resource and a better understanding of local and American history. The museum provides training; previous experience is helpful but not required.

For more information about volunteering as a docent at the Hermitage Museum and to find out about upcoming docent training programs, contact Executive Director Victoria Harty at (201) 445-8311, ext. 104, or

Become an Educator

The Hermitage Museum seeks several P/T per diem Educators to teach interactive educational programs to school and scout groups.  Training and lesson plans provided.  Must have prior classroom experience, teacher certification preferable, at any grade level or subject area.  The ideal candidate will have patience, a sense of humor, a love for American History and a desire to share that knowledge with children (usually from Pre-K to Middle School).  Great opportunity for energetic retired school teachers or those returning to work.  Stipend of $10 per hour is provided, no benefits.  Please send letter of interest, resume and copy of certificate to Vanessa Hamilton, Hermitage Museum, 335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ  07423 or email  References will be required for selected candidates.  No telephone calls.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Dedicated Board Volunteers!

We welcome your assistance in helping children and adults explore the past through the unique resources of the Hermitage Museum. You can volunteer on your own, with a friend, or as part of a group to which you belong. With your contribution of time and skills, the Hermitage Museum can accommodate the increasing numbers of visitors and expand our educational programming.

As a volunteer, you will join other dynamic history enthusiasts and gain new insights into the past. Learn about architectural history, social history, and decorative arts and have a “behind the scenes” introduction to the operation of one of New Jersey’s most outstanding historic house museums.

The Hermitage Museum currently offers the following opportunities for volunteering:

Annual Holiday Craft Boutique

This very popular fundraising event takes place for 5-6 weeks in October thru the beginning of December.  Volunteers are needed to greet visitors and sell tickets at the admission table. Choose from two shifts each day, and spread some Holiday cheer The Hermitage way!

Craft Fairs, Reenactments, and Other Special Events

These one-day and two-day events offer opportunities for volunteers to collect admission fees at the entrance gates, help with demonstrations in the Visitor Center, and answer visitors’ questions about membership in and the activities of the Friends of the Hermitage.


Annual Tea Volunteers toast a successful event!

Board Membership and Committees

Would you like to make a significant impact on the future of The Hermitage? Then we invite you to serve on a committee! Committee members are involved with planning and implementing a wide range of important activities, from short-term projects and fundraising events, to lecture series and special museum exhibitions.

If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, contact our helpful Visitor Services Manager, Leslie Naghshineh at (201) 445-8311, ext. 102, or

Annual Visitors to The Hermitage

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I rent space for a special event at The Hermitage?

Yes! Jaqua Hall, located in the Hermitage Education and Conference Center, is a 1,650 square foot meeting and banquet room with an adjacent warming kitchen located on the grounds of The Hermitage. The room is available to rent for weddings, private parties, fundraisers, business meetings or workshops. .

May I take special event photos on the grounds of The Hermitage?

The historic grounds of the Hermitage are available for wedding and other group photography. As a New Jersey State Park, all photography on the grounds, regardless of the party size, requires a permit. Please see our Rental page for more Photography guidelines.

The Hermitage Museum Address

The Hermitage Museum 335 North Franklin Turnpike Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423 Ph: 201-445-8311 E/M: