The Mount Vernon volunteer program started in 1992 with the incorporation of the already existing volunteer archeology activity of approximately 30 volunteers. Currently there are more than 300 active volunteers contributing their time and expertise in almost all of Mount Vernon’s departments.

The Mount Vernon volunteer corps consists of a wide range of individuals from high school students to retirees with varied backgrounds and experiences. This diverse team unites under the Mount Vernon volunteer mission:

“To provide assistance to the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association in achieving their mission to preserve and protect the home and heritage of George Washington.”

Volunteers perform a wide range of duties including but not limited to: greeting visitors and providing them information to enhance their visit to Mount Vernon; working with children in various youth program activities; assisting historical character interpreters throughout the estate; gardening both outside and in the greenhouses; supporting the archeology program in the lab and on site; driving VIP visitors and the Regents/Vice Regents, and performing administrative functions at numerous locations. Volunteers carry out these duties during Mount Vernon’s daily hours of operation 365 days a year and also during special evening events throughout the year.

Volunteers must be sixteen years of age or over. In some rare instances there are opportunities for individuals under sixteen. However, if under sixteen, the person must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

The volunteer enrollment process is presently on hold. We are not excepting new applications.

During the beginning stages of the reopening, Mount Vernon requires a smaller number of staff and volunteers. We look forward to welcoming new volunteers when Mount Vernon can safely increase activities and programs. 

For further information call 703-799-8687 or 703-799-6898, or email to

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