Careers and Volunteering

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. 

Learn about Hillwood's interview process here.

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Current Staff Openings

Museum Security Associate

Paid Internships

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.  

Digital Services Internship

Current Volunteer Openings

Student Volunteers


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.

Liana Paredes Fellowship Program

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

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.

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.

Hillwood Culture

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. 

Staff Wellbeing

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. 

Hillwood is thrilled to have received the prestigious Bell Seal certification for our outstanding commitment to supporting staff mental health. Bell Seal certification isn't just about meeting standards - it's about leading the charge in prioritizing staff well-being. By investing time, intention, and collaboration across all levels of Hillwood, we are setting an example for the workplace mental health movement. 


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.


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Garden Volunteers at Hillwood

Garden Volunteers at Hillwood