Gunston Hall

Volunteers & Interns

If you would like to volunteer or intern with us, please download our Volunteer/Intern Application here. The different opportunities can be found in the categories below. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Gunston Hall Docents' Association | Archaeology | Curatorial | Development/Marketing/PR | Education Gunston Hall Historical Interpreter Society | Young Gunston Hall Interpreters | Library and Archives.

Gunston Hall Docents' Association

The Gunston Hall Docents' Association, in existence over fifty years, trains docents once a year for two weeks in the early spring. Docents are asked to commit to conducting at least two tours a month for students, primarily elementary school level. Docents also are encouraged to attend a monthly meeting featuring a guest speaker or program on 18th-century history or plantation life. Docents may volunteer in other ways as well, such as 18th-century open hearth cooking, living history, working in the herb garden, visiting school classrooms, and working in the library. In addition, docents frequently visit other historic sites to learn from their presentations.

Gunston Hall Archaeology Program

The archaeology program depends heavily on volunteers who work with the staff archaeologist. Most volunteers arrive with no previous practical experience in archaeology. They learn on the job. Volunteers may choose to work one or more days between Tuesday and Saturday, and may stay any number of hours between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm. All equipment is provided. The field season runs from the first part of April until mid December. The remainder of the year is spent processing artifacts in the archaeology lab. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.

Curatorial Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

We do not currently offer curatorial internships. Please check back for future opportunities.

Development, Marketing/PR

Development, Marketing and Public Relations internships are available. Interns may work with marketing specific programs, development mailings, and other projects. Interested applicants will need to meet with staff to explore potential projects. Scheduling is flexible.

Education Volunteers & Internships

The education department welcomes interns and volunteers to carry out a variety of tasks that relate to public interpretation. Potential interns need to apply and meet with education staff to explore potential projects. Scheduling is flexible and project dependent.

Gunston Hall Historic Interpreters Society

Devoted students of the 18th century can interpret social life, plantation life, politics of the Revolution, and politics of the Constitution by joining the Gunston Hall Historic Interpreters Society. The GHHIS are all volunteers devoted to first-person interpretation. GHHIS dress in period clothing in order to portray actual or fictional personages from the 18th century who relate in some way to Gunston Hall and George Mason. Training is required if you would like to join this devoted group of living historians please contact Lyn Padgett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Young Gunston Hall Historic Interpreters

The Young GHHI are a small and select group of students between the ages of 8 and 18 with a keen interest in Colonial history and willingness to study and to participate in third-person costumed interpretation of 18th-century plantation life at various public events. These young volunteers' initial training and orientation to Gunston Hall and George Mason are continually supplemented with mandatory workshops in preparation for specific programs and to impart specialized skills. For more information, and to join this group, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Library and Archives

The Gunston Hall Library & Archives offers a variety of internships and volunteer opportunities to work with the modern reference collection, the rare books, and the archival collection. The internships may include updating the collections database, and with research files.

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