Volunteer

At the Rosenbach, our enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers guide visitors through the Rosenbach brothers’ historic house and its collections.

Training

Trainees will take a course taught by Rosenbach curators and education staff which covers the history of the Rosenbach, highlights of the collection, topics in museum education, and presentation skills. Trainees will spend time in the historic house, shadow a mentor, prepare a tour outline, and practice tours for staff members. After participating in an eight week training course and premiering their tour, new guides will conduct 45 minute tours for groups and walk-in visitors inside the Rosenbach brothers’ home.

Commitment

  • The Rosenbach asks for a commitment of three shifts of three hours each per month, with a possible three tours per shift, depending on visitation.
  • Guides will assist with periodic events like Bloomsday and the annual Open House.
  • Guides are expected to attend at least three continuing education sessions each year.

Qualifications

  • Outgoing personality, strong verbal communication skills, and stamina for giving tours
  • Ease with museum visitors of all ages and backgrounds
  • Interest in literature, the history of books, history, fine arts, and decorative arts
  • A desire to make a long term commitment to sharing enthusiasm for Rosenbach collections in a serious and thoughtful way

Advantages

Rosenbach guides receive free admission to the museum and many programs, discounted registration for Rosenbach book groups, invitation to the annual volunteer appreciation dinner, discounts in the Museum shop, continuing education sessions, and trips.

There are no volunteer opportunities at this time. We will accept volunteer applications starting in summer 2017.