Careers and Volunteering
Hillwood's mission is to delight and engage visitors with an experience inspired by the life of our founder, Marjorie Merriweather Post, and her passion for excellence, gracious hospitality, art, history, and gardens.
As a female business trailblazer, Marjorie Merriweather Post had extremely high standards for the work she did and a signature style for making people feel welcome in her home. Hillwood's staff and volunteers pride themselves on being an extension of Post's story by creating an oasis in Washington, D.C., where everyone is welcome to learn, explore, and be inspired. From our 13 acres of landscaped gardens to our magnificent collections of fine and decorative arts to exploring the captivating life of Marjorie Merriweather Post, Hillwood offers opportunities to be a part of something fabulous.
Hillwood employs full- and part-time staff in a variety of roles across our unique campus. Opportunities for careers can be found in horticulture, development, marketing, visitor services, collections, curatorial, library and archives, interpretation, administration, finance, human resources, facilities, and information technology.
Hillwood offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in engaging real world experiences. Hillwood is committed to the exploration of careers in horticulture and museum settings, through the sharing of knowledge and the mentorship of students.
Working in our Collections & Research Center, scholars in art historical scholarship and other interdisciplinary degrees are able to learn from the fabulous collection and library at Hillwood.
Volunteers are an integral part of the Hillwood community and serve in a variety of roles. While we are not currently recruiting new volunteers at this time, an overview of future volunteer positions is available below. Sign up for Hillwood’s email list to stay up-to-date on the latest volunteer opportunities. Any questions regarding Hillwood’s volunteer program, please email email@example.com.
All incoming volunteers require an active Hillwood membership, serve on a floating schedule, honor an annual service commitment, and participate in continuing education. A benefits program, such as volunteer-only events, admission privileges for family/guests, and discounts at the museum shop and Merriweather café, further deepen engagement with Hillwood.
Visitor Services Volunteer (VSV)
During a 3-hour training session followed by on-the-job training shifts, Visitor Services Volunteers learn how to provide exemplary customer service and light interpretation to museum visitors in the visitor center and mansion. Recruitment and training of a new VSV class typically occurs twice a year depending on staffing needs. At this time, the next VSV training is not scheduled.
Mansion Docent Training
In this six-month course, docents-in-training learn how to lead guided tours of the mansion that provide the best possible visitor experience by weaving together stories of the estate, collection and founder Marjorie Merriweather Post. Docent training is not offered every year, but when the need to train new docents occurs. At this time, the next docent training is not scheduled.
Garden Docent Training
In this five-month course, docents-in-training learn how to lead guided tours of Hillwood's thirteen acres of formal gardens that provide the best possible visitor experience by weaving together stories of the estate, garden and founder Marjorie Merriweather Post. Docent training is not offered every year, but when the need to train new docents occurs. At this time, the next docent training is not scheduled.
Our founder, Marjorie Merriweather Post, had a singular style for welcoming people, a style that we call "gracious hospitality." Our mission to engage and inspire visitors through the captivating life, collection, and gardens of Post starts with our staff. Our focus is on listening and cultivating an environment where staff can be their true selves and have their voices heard, and where collaboration starts with graciousness.
At Hillwood, we recognize that supporting our staff means supporting their career and personal goals. We provide tools for continual learning, including training, career development, and coaching. Hillwood also offers tools to support the physical and mental health of staff through comprehensive benefits. We support the energy and spirit of our staff with robust time off programs, the opportunity to connect with their communities through work arrangements, and volunteerism.
Respect for All
It's absolutely critical that our staff feel respected at Hillwood, both in performing their jobs and in sharing their ideas. Our workplace is built on the principle of graciousness. There's no place for harassment of any kind at Hillwood.
Hillwood values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, and veterans to apply.
Hillwood is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.
We are dedicated to environmental improvements that foster a sustainable future and lead to social improvements in our community.