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Washington Heritage Museums

Washington Heritage Museums does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

Volunteer Opportunities
WHM is extremely grateful for its dedicated volunteers.


To volunteer for these or other interesting opportunities, please let us know your interest(s) by submitting an interest survey via the button below, or call 540-373-5630.

Store Volunteer

Mary Washington House Museum Store

The Mary Washington House seeks volunteers throughout the year. The store, staffed entirely by volunteers, provides supplemental funding for WHM’s preservation and interpretive programs. Volunteers receive training on the Square Point of Sale register and all procedures. While prior retail experience is helpful, it is not required. Volunteers engage with visitors, provide information on merchandise, and assist them with their purchases. Scheduling is flexible, based on availability, from a few hours a week to a few hours a month. In appreciation, volunteers receive a discount on most merchandise. 



Mary Washington House Garden

The Mary Washington House seeks volunteers to help in the gardens on an ongoing basis.  The garden was lovingly restored by the Garden Club of Virginia in 1968-1969 and remains a Garden Club of Virginia site.  


Volunteer gardeners assist the Washington Heritage Museums’ staff gardener with routine tasks such as weeding, deadheading, raking, etc.  The volunteer garden team generally meets on selected mornings during the gardening season, weather permitting.



Other volunteer opportunities

Washington Heritage Museums seeks occasional assistance from volunteers for special events, event set up, photography, event marketing, research, and more.  Please contact us if you have a talent to share.

Washington Heritage Museums is happy to partner with local civic and service groups to accomplish projects at our sites. If you are interested in such a project for NHS, Scouts,

or a civic group, please let us know!

Undergraduate Internships


To apply for any of these opportunities, please call 540-373-5630 or

Washington Heritage Museums has opportunities for undergraduates to receive college credit for hands-on experience.  Internships are unpaid and must be coordinated by students through their university or college.  While currently seeking the positions listed below, if a student has a proposal for a different internship, it will be given consideration based on the needs of the organization.


Washington Heritage Museums provides experience in a small nonprofit environment.



Marketing and Social Media Intern

This is an ongoing opportunity assisting with promoting the museums on social media and creating print marketing pieces. Coursework/Experience in:  Historic Preservation, Museum Studies, Marketing, or Art

Elementary Education Curriculum Support Intern 

An intern is needed to develop activities for elementary students and teachers.  These activities may include handouts, games, reading lists, vocabulary lists, etc. Coursework/Experience in:  Museum Studies, Museum Education, Education

Educational Video Intern

Washington Heritage Museums is seeking a qualified intern to assist with creating online educational videos. 

The intern will work in a small nonprofit environment, and gain experience in various aspects of videography as well as museum education. The online video content will interpret WHM collections, buildings, and gardens.

Employment Opportunities


To apply for any of these opportunities, please submit an application via email to

Historic Site Interpreters Positions 

Washington Heritage Museums accepts ongoing applications for costumed Historic Site Interpreters to fill positions as they become available at the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, Mary Washington House, and Rising Sun Tavern.  Interpreters provide tours to the general public, tour groups, and school groups.  An interest in history and attentive customer service is a must!  Our museums are open seven days a week, year-round.

Positions are part-time and do not include benefits.  Training is provided.  After completion of a paid training period, Site Interpreters are paid $14.25 per hour.

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