Volunteer Opportunities

Did you know that it costs more than $3 million to keep Maymont operating each year? The time and talent you share with Maymont helps us continue to maintain and preserve this American estate. Email our Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

Upcoming Events

FrogWatch

Saturday, January 19 or Saturday, January 26, 9am-1:30pm
Become a herpetology hero by joining the thousands of FrogWatch USA volunteers nationwide! FrogWatch USA is a long-term frog and toad monitoring program that collects data on local species, helping scientists in their battle to stop amphibian decline. The Maymont FrogWatch Chapter offers annual training that prepares individuals and their families to develop and monitor their own sites, contributing to one of the largest citizen science projects in the nation! While FrogWatch is a great after-dark family activity for all ages, training sessions are designed for interested high schoolers and adults. Participants must attend the session in its entirety and will be quizzed on monitoring procedures prior to the completion of training. Participants may bring their own lunch. Register online for January 19 or January 26. Questions? Email April Harper.

Dominion Energy Family Easter

Event Preparation

Monday, January 21 and Saturday, March 23
9am-12pm
Help special events staff prepare craft kits for Dominion Energy Family Easter projects and activities. Tasks will include preparing bonnet-making kits and other craft items, as well as preparing, sorting and counting decorations for the event. Volunteers should be comfortable using scissors, X-Acto knives, and hot glue. Sign up online.

Event Volunteers

Saturday, April 20
Various Shifts from 6am-4:30pm
We need more than 200 volunteers to facilitate one of Richmond’s favorite Easter traditions. Individuals and groups of all sizes and ages are welcome to sign up. Youth ages 15 and under must volunteer with a parent or guardian. Sign up online.

Interested in taking on a leadership role at this event? Find out how to become a Zone Captain.

Herbs Galore & More

Saturday, April 27
Various Shifts from 7:45am-5pm
Everyone’s favorite gardening extravaganza returns to Maymont. Volunteers are needed during various shifts throughout the day with tasks such as greeting guests, assisting vendors and selling plants. Best of all, volunteers get to attend the event free of charge! Groups are welcome. Youth ages 11-15 must volunteer with a parent or guardian. Sign up online.

Beer & Wine Classic

Friday, May 3
Various Shifts from 1-11pm
At the Dooley Noted Society’s annual Beer & Wine Classic, guests enjoy live music while sampling some of Virginia’s finest beverages. Volunteers are needed to assist with tasks including checking IDs, pouring beer and wine, facilitating games, assisting with the raffle, and cleaning up after the event. Volunteers must be 21+ and will be standing for the entirety of their shift. Discounted tickets are available for those who volunteer and attend the event. Sign up online.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Complete our online application to volunteer.

Animal Keeper

The job of keeping Maymont’s animals happy and healthy is not for the faint of heart, but if you don’t mind getting a little dirty, this is a very gratifying job. Maymont is home to hundreds of animals, some of whom are orphaned or injured. Volunteers learn assist with native Virginia animals care. Please note animal keepers have very little contact with the animals themselves.

Minimum age
18 years and older

Time Commitment
At least two shifts per month for three months, shifts are 9am-12pm, Monday-Sunday

Skills/Qualifications needed
Ability listen to and follow specific instructions, good communication skills, willingness to get dirty, able to bend, lift, and stand for an entire shift, comfortable with public speaking, able to care for animals without “play time” with them

Training
Mandatory orientation held on the first Sunday of each month. Email our Volunteer Coordinator to sign up.

Farm Interpreter

Help supervise activity in the barn and provide information about the animals to the public. This is a vital position, helping to ensure the safety of both the animals and guests, as well as providing a pleasant visitor experience.

Minimum Age
16 years and older

Time Commitment
At least two shifts per month for a minimum of three months. Shifts available Monday-Sunday from 1-3pm or 2-5pm.

Skills/Qualifications needed
Ability to listen and follow instructions, excellent communication skills, comfortable with public speaking, outgoing and engaging personality, comfortable being around a variety of animals, ability to work independently

Training
Mandatory orientation provided. (Any interested volunteer under the age of 18 must meet with the Volunteer Coordinator prior to orientation.)

Carriage Collections Volunteer

Maymont’s Carriage Collection includes unique commercial and special-use vehicles, including a horse-drawn hearse, several toy and children’s vehicles, and a Thalhimer delivery wagon used by the historic Richmond department store in the 1890s. Carriage horses offer rides to the public and are stars among Maymont’s animal collection. Holiday programs and other festive events would not be the same without their pretty faces and hard work, giving rides for the enjoyment of Maymont’s guests. Carriage volunteers greet guests, provide information about Maymont, help maintain the carriages, groom horses, and assist with public rides.

Minimum age
18 years and older

Time Commitment
Flexible, mainly weekends and some Tuesdays and Fridays

Skills/Qualifications needed
Significant experience with horses, comfortable with public speaking, ability to listen to and follow instructions

Estate Greeter (March-October)

Maymont is a 100-acre estate featuring a Gilded Age mansion, gardens, animal habitats, and a nature center. In order to help guests navigate the numerous attractions, we are in search of outgoing, friendly, and reliable volunteers to welcome guests to the estate. Greeters will engage guests to share basic information about the layout, offerings, and respectful use of Maymont.

Minimum age
All ages

Time Commitment
At least one shift per month for three months, shifts are flexible

Skills/Qualifications needed
Excellent communication skills, ability to work outdoors while standing for the entire shift, outgoing, friendly, and reliable

Training
An orientation and quiz are offered online. Upon completion, volunteers will meet the Guest Services Manager to get started.

Gardener

Like playing in the dirt? Maymont’s small team of professional horticulturists needs your help to maintain the estate’s 100 acres. Garden volunteers can be found pruning, raking, planting, shoveling and weeding their way through the day, all to make Maymont’s grounds and gardens more beautiful. No experience is necessary, we’ll teach you as you go!

Minimum age
18 years or older

Time Commitment
Shifts are available from 8:30am-12pm, 12:30-4:30pm, or 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday (no weekends)

Skills/Qualifications needed
Ability to perform outdoor physical labor

Training
Volunteers will learn on the job while working side by side with our horticulturalists.

Mansion Docent Aide

Maymont Mansion volunteers are immersed in the Gilded Age. Volunteers enjoy learning, and teaching others, about Major and Mrs. Dooley, their grand home and much more. Maymont Docent Aides greet guests and provide general information about Maymont, the Dooleys, and the Victorian Era.

Minimum age
18 years or older

Time Commitment
A minimum of one three-hour shift (1-4pm) per month, primarily on the weekends; attendance at docent meetings and workshops

Skills/Qualifications needed
Good communication skills, comfortable with public speaking, interest/background in history or art

Training
Provided on an ongoing basis

Environmental Education

Work alongside our top-notch team of zoologists and environmental educators to teach guests about native Virginia wildlife in the Nature & Visitor Center and out on the grounds. Education volunteers may occasionally have contact with wildlife, but the focus of this position is educating guests as the first and best source of information about Maymont’s 100 acres.

Minimum age
15 years or older

Time Commitment
2-4 hours per month

Skills/Qualifications needed
Interest in environmental education, good communication skills, comfortable speaking in public, ability to stand for an extended period of time

Training
Mandatory orientation provided

Office Assistants

A lot of work goes into operating Maymont’s 100 acres, and some of it happens behind a desk! Office assistants help a variety of departments, including Accounting, Special Events, Development, and Environmental Education. Tasks can range from filing and data entry to craft and event preparations. Whether you are looking for a crafty, hands-on position or something clerical, we have a task for you.

Minimum age
18 or older

Time Commitment
Varies by department

Skills/Qualifications needed
May vary by department; must be detail-oriented, organized, punctual, responsible and have good time management skills

Training
Provided on the job

Youth/Family Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering promotes a healthy lifestyle, teaches valuable skills, and improves a community. Additionally, when young people are introduced to volunteering, it can foster a lifelong commitment to service. Maymont offers several flexible opportunities for youth and families to volunteer and support our wonderful estate. Email our Volunteer Coordinator to learn more about these opportunities!

Event Youth Leader (Ages 15-18)

Saturday, March 16-Saturday, April 20
15 hours
Through this five-week program, participants will learn the basics of volunteer management and get the opportunity to practice their new skills by serving as a volunteer manager for Maymont’s annual Easter celebration. Participants will oversee one or two activities and a group of volunteers at the event. Interested students must submit a volunteer application, a one page cover letter detailing why they are interested in this program as well as why they would be a good fit for the program, and one reference letter from a teacher, employer or other volunteer supervisor. Applications due to Volunteer Coordinator by February 27.

Junior Naturalist (Ages 15-18)

Junior Naturalists are volunteers (age 15-18) who assist in teaching younger campers about our natural environment while gaining great experience in the environmental science field and leadership skills. Earn volunteer hours while working with animals, leading stories and lessons, and preparing crafts, activities, and experiments.

Volunteers must commit to attending a training session and volunteering at least three morning camps or two full day camps. Camps occur at various times between May and August and volunteers will be able to choose which camps and days they will attend. Detailed information and instruction will be provided at the training session.

Interested students must submit a volunteer application, a one page cover letter detailing why they are interested in this program as well as why they would be a good fit for the program, and one reference letter from a teacher, employer or other volunteer supervisor. Applications due by April 17.

Estate Greeter (March-October)

Maymont is a 100-acre estate featuring a Gilded Age mansion, gardens, animal habitats, and a nature center. In order to help guests navigate the numerous attractions, we are in search of outgoing, friendly, and reliable volunteers to welcome guests to the estate. Greeters will engage guests to share basic information about the layout, offerings, and respectful use of Maymont.

Minimum age
All ages

Time Commitment
At least one shift per month for three months, shifts are flexible

Skills/Qualifications needed
Excellent communication skills, ability to work outdoors while standing for the entire shift, outgoing, friendly, and reliable.

Training
An orientation and quiz are offered online. Upon completion, volunteers will meet the Guest Services Manager to get started.

Teen Volunteers

Seasonal and ongoing positions are available as Environmental Education helpers, Estate Greeters, Easter Youth Leaders, and Junior Naturalists in our summer camps.

Community Service Volunteer Opportunities

It takes many hands to keep Maymont beautiful. We are happy to work with volunteers that have been assigned court-ordered community service. Currently, we are able to accept volunteers with traffic violations and some under-aged drinking charges.

Gardener

Like playing in the dirt? Maymont’s small team of professional horticulturists needs your help to maintain the estate’s 100 acres. Garden volunteers can be found pruning, raking, planting, shoveling and weeding their way through the day, all to make Maymont’s grounds and gardens more beautiful. No experience is necessary, we’ll teach you as you go!

Minimum age
18 years or older

Time Commitment
Shifts are available from 8:30am-12pm, 12:30-4:30pm, or 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday (no weekends)

Skills/Qualifications needed
Ability to perform outdoor physical labor

Training
Volunteers will learn on the job while working side by side with our horticulturalists.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Corporate and community groups play an enormous role in supporting Maymont. Groups of volunteers staff activities at Dominion Family Easter, clean algae from the pond, sell plants at Herbs Galore & More, and even remove invasive plants from the bear habitat! If your group is interested in volunteering with us, email our Volunteer Coordinator to learn about what opportunities we have available.

Questions? Email our Volunteer Coordinator or call 804-358-7166, ext. 327.

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