Do you like history, meeting new people, learning new skills and feeling that you are really helping out? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then becoming a volunteer at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation may be right for you. The Plantation is a nationally recognized living history museum right here in the Delaware Valley. On weekends from April to November, volunteer interpreters greet visitors and share what they have learned about colonial life with them.
Some interpreters participate in special weekend events, demonstrate colonial skills and act as tour guides. Others teach classes, conduct workshops or simply are on hand to answer questions. Still other volunteers prefer to work behind the scenes maintaining the property, working in the kitchen garden or caring for the animals. What do they all have in common? Aside from the reward they get from doing something they truly enjoy, there is also the satisfaction that they are needed and appreciated.
If you ask our volunteers what they like best about the Plantation, you will get answers as varied as the people themselves. Many love the opportunity to meet and talk with visitors from around the world. Some simply enjoy turning back the calendar to a time quite different from our own. Others say that they come to the farm for its tranquility and to enjoy the animals. Whether your interest is hearth cooking, farm animals, historic clothing and textile production, blacksmithing, gardening, regional colonial history or just helping out, we have a place for you. You need only the interest, we provide the rest!
To volunteer email the office at email@example.com or call (610) 566-1725.
If you are a current volunteer you can access our volunteer portal HERE.
Do I have to volunteer a minimum number of hours?
We ask for one day per month or 6 hours per month.
Do I need to have any special skills?
Not at all! You just need to be a team player, be pleasant, and be ready to learn. We'll teach you everything you need and/or want to learn.
What is the minimum age for volunteering?
For volunteers under the age of 14, we require that a parent or guardian be present the entire time the child is volunteering.
What kinds of jobs do volunteers do?
Our volunteers are the backbone of the farm! They greet visitors, give tours of the house, take care of the animals, maintain the crops and grounds, and plant and weed the kitchen garden. They also show our visitors how to dip candles, how to cook in the hearth kitchen, woodworking and more.
Do I have to wear colonial clothes?
Since we are a living history site, we strive to maintain authenticity. Volunteers giving tours or interacting with the public are encouraged to wear colonial clothes. New volunteers and volunteers not interacting with the public may wear Plantation Volunteer shirts like the one in the picture above.
How do I become a volunteer?
The first step is by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. From that point we'll set up an interview with you to determine the best fit for both you and for the Plantation.
Do I need to complete a background check?
Most of our volunteers are required by state regulations to get a background check. For volunteers this check is at no cost to you. Information on how to complete a background check will be provided to you after your interview. These checks do not include your credit or driving record, and help us to ensure a safe and happy atmosphere for our visitors, our staff, and most importantly, our volunteers!
Can I fulfill my community service or high school project hours at the Plantation?
Certainly! Keep in mind that we are closed during the months of December, January, February and March.