How to Volunteer
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 gain new insights into the past and meet dynamic and interesting people. You will 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 outstanding historic house museums.
The Hermitage Museum currently offers the following opportunities for volunteering:
Become a Docent (Tour Guide)
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 Education Coordinator Diane Knispel at (201) 445-8311, ext. 33, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become an Event Volunteer
The Hermitage Museum is always seeking volunteers to help with our educational and fundraising events. Opportunities include:
Annual Holiday Craft Boutique
This fundraising event takes place for five weeks in October and November. Volunteers are needed to greet visitors and sell tickets at the admission table.
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.
Serve on a committee to plan and implement a short-term project, fundraising event, lecture series, or special museum exhibition.
If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, contact Visitor Services Assistant Linda Vreeland at (201) 445-8311, ext. 35, or email@example.com.
Become a Research Assistant
Under the supervision of the Director of Historical Studies or a Board committee, conduct research on collections and the site for interpretation or use in museum programming. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.