Volunteer at the Hermitage

At The Hermitage, volunteers participate in bringing history to life for our guests while they explore the larger-than-life personality of Jackson, the era named for him and the beautiful plantation he called home.

For more information about the program and upcoming orientations, please contact Hannah Howard by email or by telephone at 615-889-2941 ext. 211.

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Available Volunteer Positions

We are currently filling the following volunteer positions:

  • Breezeway Greeter

    The Breezeway Greeter is stationed in the Andrew Jackson Visitor Center breezeway. The main responsibilities are to greet visitors in the breezeway, assist with directions, answer any questions, help Ticket Office by directing people to specific windows, encourage comment card use and uphold policies of The Hermitage. The volunteer may also be requested to provide transportation assistance to handicapped guests by operating a golf cart.

  • Lawn Greeter

    The Lawn Greeter is stationed on the back porch of the mansion, or in other areas around the mansion as needed, to assist guests with questions, directions and concerns. This position reports to the Interpretation Manager. Posts are available daily during open hours, divided into morning and afternoon shifts. The volunteer may also be requested to provide transportation assistance to handicapped guests by operating a golf cart.

  • Gardens Volunteer

    Volunteer Gardeners will assist the gardening department by planting, weeding, watering, etc. in The Hermitage garden, vegetable garden, and around the Andrew Jackson Center, Administration Building and other areas of the site as needed. This position reports to the Head Gardener. Positions are available daily during season.

  • Special Events Volunteer

    Special events volunteers work periodically throughout the year (as their schedule allows) when The Hermitage has an event planned for the public. Duties vary but may consist of greeting visitors for the event, staffing educational activity stations or assisting with crowd control.

    Events may take place on weekends, weekdays or evenings. They include the Battle of New Orleans Commemoration, Andrew Jackson’s Birthday Celebration and Hauntings at the Hermitage. This position reports to the Director of Public Programs & Volunteers. Volunteers may also be requested to provide transportation assistance to handicapped guests by operating a golf cart.

  • Group Volunteer Days

    Groups such as civic organizations, businesses and clubs wishing to perform a day of service are welcome at The Hermitage. Just a few of the groups we’ve hosted include Deloitte, the Nashville Corvette Club and Schneider Electric.

    Projects for large groups can include grounds care, painting, cleaning, trash pickup, fencing repairs and prop construction for special events. We can tailor any opportunity to the group’s time restraints, abilities, and interests. Volunteer days include a tour of the mansion and a thank you gift.

Volunteer Orientation

Volunteer Orientation is offered quarterly throughout the year and is required before beginning at The Hermitage (group volunteers are exempt). The Orientation lasts approximately three hours and includes a tour. Attendees are introduced to all of the areas of the museum that require volunteer services. We will also practice visitor services skills and discuss how to get involved in special projects. Refreshments are provided.

Because of the time and effort involved in training volunteers, we ask that they commit to a minimum of two, four-hour shifts per month. After 40 hours of service, volunteers will receive certain benefits at The Hermitage!

Volunteer Benefits

Volunteers at The Hermitage who complete 40 hours of service enjoy free admission to the grounds and buildings, during regular working hours, for the duration of their time in the program. They also enjoy a 10% discount in the Museum Store, a wonderful resource for unique gifts and memorabilia!

Of course, by volunteering at The Hermitage, you will have ongoing opportunities to learn more about Andrew Jackson, a pivotal figure in American history, and the Jacksonian era.

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