Come to a New Volunteer Open House! Sunday, February 5 or February 12 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

  • Learn about and tour Poplar Forest
  • Learn about volunteering opportunities and benefits
  • On-the-spot interviews

Download the Poplar Forest Volunteer Application

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 six hours (or two shifts) per month during the tour season (mid-March through December 30).

Ready to Volunteer?

Learn more about the rewarding opportunities available for volunteers at Poplar Forest:

Museum Shop Job Description
Tour Docent Job Description

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
  • 20% 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 contact Mary Massie, Program and Event Coordinator and Volunteer Manager at 434.534.8107 or mary@poplarforest.org.

Download the Poplar Forest Volunteer Application