Volunteers of all ages staff our tours and events, do gardening, maintenance, blacksmithing, weaving, baking, building, sewing, and music-making. Ask us about all the ways you can make a difference at the Philip Foster Farm, while earning a free membership. A diverse community of students and adults give tours, do building projects, maintain gardens and grounds, provide leadership and expertise, and help with events and publicity. Contact us for more information, age requirements, period clothing suggestions, etc. Download job descriptions and application form here. This is a PDF file.
Philip Foster Farm Volunteer Information
Tour Interpreters – These costumed guides demonstrate a station during group tours. Under age 12 must have a parent on site. Benefits: Public Speaking, Community Service, and Teaching Experience in a non-threatening environment, free soda at end of tour for student volunteers. Adult volunteers receive a JZH Historical Society membership after 10 hours of work. All volunteers receive a print-out of hours worked each season for your records.
Apprentices – An apprentice must be at least 15 years old, and commits to work at least 30 hours in one season (about one tour per week). Apprentices are trained in specific skills, which may include storekeeping, house tours, blacksmithing, or other crafts. Benefits: Same as Tour Guides, plus additional training, and a letter of recommendation from Philip Foster Farm staff to potential schools or employers. There are no full-time paid positions at the Farm, but responsible Apprentices may be offered occasional or seasonal paid work.
Master – If you have a specific pioneer skill you’d like to pass on, we invite you to connect with willing learners at the Farm. Blacksmiths, textile crafters, soap- and candle-makers, woodwrights… This is the place to share your craft with the public and teach it to others. Benefits: Same as Apprentices, plus advertising privileges.
Summer Hosts – Costumed volunteers greet summer visitors, share historical information, and help farm staff with various projects. A great way to involve your family in local history at the pace of 1800’s life. Benefits: Same as Tour Interpreters. Summer hours 11-4:00, including weekends.
Maintenance – Various building and maintenance projects are done throughout the year, including mowing, gardening, painting, renovations, and re-constructions of historic buildings. Let us know what your interests are, and we’ll connect you with the person in charge of that work.
Event Help – Scout Days, Father’s Day BBQ, Mary Charlotte’s Garden Party, Dutch Oven Cookoff, Cider Squeeze, and Christmas in the Country are all annual events that require a lot of help to organize, set up, run, and clean up. Benefits: Same as Tour Guides.
Board Members – A dedicated board of volunteers keeps this place running. If you’d like to help make policy decisions, or manage a particular piece of the Farm’s operations, please consider joining the board. A public board meeting is held annually in the spring.