We are looking for passionate, committed people to join our volunteer corps! Donate your time to Poplar Forest and become part of an exciting team of archaeologists, craftsmen, preservationists and museum professionals.
More than 100 people volunteer at Poplar Forest each year. Seventy-five percent of our corps has volunteers at Poplar Forest for more than five years!
Poplar Forest seeks volunteers interested in history, archaeology and historic preservation and those who enjoy working with both adults and children. Volunteers work as tour docents, museum shop assistants, and hands-on history docents. To become a volunteer at Poplar Forest, you must complete a training program to prepare you for your volunteer position. Volunteers should be willing to work a minimum of nine hours per month during the tour season (March 15 through December 15).
Learning new information and interacting with visitors are only a few of the benefits of volunteering at Poplar Forest. Our volunteers find that being part of a team of committed individuals passionate about history, education and preservation is personally rewarding and engaging.
Volunteers also receive:
- Poplar Forest house & grounds admission for docent and immediate family
- “Notes on the State of Poplar Forest,” fall and spring newsletter
- Poplar Forest library privileges
- Admission to Jefferson-related programs and lectures at Poplar Forest
- 15% discount in the Museum Shop
- Opportunities for field trips arranged by the Poplar Forest staff
If you are interested in becoming a Poplar Forest volunteer, please fill in the form provided below. You will be contacted with information about the next volunteer training program.
“I look to the diffusion of light and education as the resource most to be relied on for ameliorating the condition, promoting the virtue, and advancing the happiness of man.”
Thomas Jefferson, 1822