Volunteer Opportunities

Mansion Tour Guide

DESCRIPTION  Guides lead one-hour tours through the three-story Mansion. They also assist visitors with the operation of the elevator.

TRAINING  Guides take a training session about leading tours, are given a Guide’s Guide to read and study, follow other guides on tour, and practice until they feel comfortable leading tours. Training sessions often include Gate Lodge training as well, to ensure guides can answer questions about the other Pittock buildings. Tour group size varies from 2-30, and guides offer 3 tours per day.

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, greeting guests and answering questions about Pittock Mansion for the visitors. Hosts also assist visitors with the operation of the elevator.

TRAINING  Hosts take a training session about the history of
Pittock Mansion, and are given a Guide’s Guide to read and study. Training sessions often include Gate Lodge training as well, to ensure hosts can answer questions about the other Pittock buildings.

Please note: Hosting in the Pittock Mansion is the least physically demanding volunteer position. All floors of Pittock Mansion are elevator accessible. Hosting also provides an opportunity to talk to visitors in greater depth than on the Mansion tour.

Gate Lodge Host

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

TRAINING  Hosts take a training session about the history of the Gate Lodge and are given the Gate Lodge Families booklet to read and study. Training sessions often include Pittock Mansion tour training as well, to ensure hosts can answer questions about the other Pittock buildings.

Please note: Hosting in the Gate Lodge is less physically demanding than guiding Mansion tours, as hosts are seated for most of their shift, but some walking and stairs are required. The Gate Lodge provides an opportunity to talk to individual visitors in greater depth than on the Mansion tour.

For more information, or for a volunteer application, please contact our Museum Education Specialist.