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.
Current Volunteer Openings
We are not actively recruiting regular volunteers at this moment. We invite you to check back in the future for any potential volunteer opportunities.
Volunteers are an integral part of the Hillwood community and serve in a variety of roles. An overview of 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 about once a year depending on staffing needs. We are not currently recruiting VSVs, but anticipate our next open recruitment period to occur in late summer/early fall of 2023.
Outdoor Garden Support Volunteer
Outdoor garden support volunteer are a key part of keeping our gardens a welcoming and vibrant part of the visitor experience. Outdoor Garden Support Volunteers work across Hillwood’s campus in various outdoor garden settings. They perform routine gardening maintenance, soil preparation and planting in the gardens on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am-10am. Outdoor Garden Support Volunteers typically serve one to two regularly scheduled two-hour shifts per month. At this time, we are not recruiting for outdoor garden support volunteers.
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.
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 staff's physical and mental health 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 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.