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

Wreath Week

December 2-December 6

Mark your calendars for this fun week of greenery, roping, wreaths, window swags, ladders, wire and more! This is a busy week in which Maymont’s exterior buildings are decorated for the holidays. Five wreath workshops are taught producing wreaths for the grounds. Some horticulture volunteers assist with adding decorative touches to the wreaths, swags, roping and other décor while other volunteers hang the greens where needed. Many hands make this a fun and successful week! Email our Volunteer Coordinator to sign up.

One Great Morning of Raking

Saturday, December 7
9am-12pm

Maymont’s Japanese Garden is a favorite place for many Richmonders, but caring for the garden is quite a task. To help with this endeavor, volunteer to assist the horticulture staff rake the fallen leaves covering the garden. Sign up online to let us know you are coming, and bring your own rake!

Victorian Christmas

Sunday, December 8
9am-5pm (shifts vary)

Lend a hand with a charming Christmas tradition enjoyed by generations of families. Maymont’s mansion team is in need of a few individuals to help with Victorian Christmas events including set-up, ticket sales, party hosting, and clean-up. Sign up online.

Maymont Mansion Docent Training

Saturdays beginning January 25
9:30am-12pm

Mark your calendars now for docent training at Maymont Mansion! If you enjoy telling stories, interacting with the public and learning about the history of Maymont, please sign up for our mansion docent training class coming in January! You’ll enjoy an in-depth look at Maymont, the mansion, the Dooleys, their domestic staff and the Gilded Age, and gain skills to lead engaging and interesting interpretive tours through the Dooleys’ opulent home. All current volunteers are welcome to attend this training either to become a docent or to simply learn more about Maymont! Email our Volunteer Coordinator to sign up.

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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