Volunteer

BRING HISTORY TO LIFE

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Bring Portland stories to life as a tour guide or host at Pittock Mansion and the Gate Lodge. Both long-term and holiday season volunteers are welcome and appreciated. For more information, or for a volunteer application, please contact our Museum Education Specialist.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Mansion Tour Guide

DESCRIPTION Guides lead three 50-minute tours per day through the Mansion, and may assist in operating the original Otis elevator.

TRAINING Guides attend a training session, receive the Guide’s Guide and Gate Lodge Families to read and study, shadow other tour guides, and practice until they feel comfortable leading tours.

Please note: Guiding Mansion tours can be physically demanding, requiring considerable walking, multiple sets of stairs, and the ability to project one’s voice.

Mansion Host

DESCRIPTION Hosts sit in or circulate through the Mansion, greet guests and answer questions about Pittock Mansion. Hosts also assist visitors with the operation of the original Otis elevator.

TRAINING Hosts attend a training session, and receive the Guide’s Guide and Gate Lodge Families to read and study.

Please note: Hosting in the Pittock Mansion is the least physically demanding volunteer position. All floors of Pittock Mansion are accessible by elevator. Hosting provides an opportunity to engage with visitors at greater length than guiding tours.

Gate Lodge Host

DESCRIPTION Hosts greet guests in the Gate Lodge and answer questions about Gate Lodge history.

TRAINING Hosts attend a training session, and receive the Gate Lodge Families and Guide’s Guide to read and study. Training sessions include information about the Pittock Mansion as well.

Please note: Gate Lodge Hosts are welcome to sit for the majority of their shift, but some walking and stairs are required. Gate Lodge hosting provides an opportunity to engage with individuals at greater length than guiding tours.

Hands-On History Host

DESCRIPTION The Hands-On History host uses the Artifact Carts to engage visitors in hands-on learning. The Artifact Carts consist of historic objects that visitors can pick up and use. The host helps guests learn about the objects and what life was like around the time Henry and Georgiana Pittock lived in the Mansion. Each shift, the Hands-On History host chooses which Artifact Cart they’d like to share with visitors, “Home Technology and Architecture” or “Kitchen Gadgets and Gizmos.”

TRAINING Hands-On History hosts attend a training session and receive the Guide’s Guide, Gate Lodge Families, and the Artifact Cart guides to study and learn. This training emphasizes information in the Artifact Cart guides, and the objects on each cart.

Please note: Hosting the Artifact Carts is the least physically demanding volunteer position as volunteers are welcome to sit or stand in one place for the duration of their shift. Hosting the Artifact Carts provides an opportunity to engage with visitors at greater length than guiding tours.

Holiday Host

DESCRIPTION Hosts sit in or circulate through the Mansion, greet guests and answer questions about the decorations and the history of Pittock Mansion. They also assist visitors with the operation of the original Otis elevator, and with photos with Santa in the Library or Music Room.

TRAINING Hosts attend a training session, and receive the Guide’s Guide and Gate Lodge Families to read and study.

Please note: There aren’t any guided tours during the holiday season due to increased number of visitors.

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Members enjoying a Pittock Mansion event

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