The goal of the Volunteer Program is to encourage participation from the community to meet Winterthur’s mission to build upon the vision of its founder, Henry Francis du Pont, to inspire and educate through its collections, estate and academic programs by engaging diverse audiences in the study, preservation, and interpretation of American material culture, art, design, and history. Volunteers serve in many departments, supporting paid staff in such areas as Academic Programs, Conservation, Garden, Library, Membership, House and Gallery Tours, Museum Collections, Registration, Visitor Service and School and Community Programs.
If you are interested in joining the hundreds of volunteers who dedicate time and expertise throughout the Museum, Garden and Library, please browse our opportunities at the link below and complete an online application.
Current Highlighted Opportunities
Teen Volunteers make up a vital part of Winterthur's summer family programming team and develop leadership skills while serving the local community. Participants learn all about Winterthur - its collection of historic objects, its landscape, and its history - and share that knowledge with their community!
More information is available via the 2020 Teen Volunteer Program flyer
And you can complete the online application for the Teen Volunteer Program here
There are currently two volunteer opportunities working with Downs Collection materials in the Winterthur Library.
One project involves transcribing interviews and lectures on audio cassette tapes into Microsoft Word using a Dictaphone machine. The second project is indexing hymn titles and other information from 19th century Shaker hymnals into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Both of these volunteer opportunities call for some previous experience and will result in greater access to The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera.
You may express an interest in volunteering for these particular Downs Collection projects by choosing “Library Volunteer” in the Assignment Preference section of your Volunteer Application.
- Free admission to the garden, galleries, and most tours
- Free admission to selected special events
- Discounts in the retail stores and restaurants
- Outstanding training and educational opportunities
- Participation in National Volunteer Month (April)
- Lots of fun!!
For additional information, please contact Volunteer Manager Tricia Davies at 302.888.4784 or e-mail volunteer email@example.com.