Becoming a volunteer at Olana is a wonderful way to learn more about this unique and beautiful site, meet new people, and have a fun and rewarding experience.
We offer several opportunities as described below, and are always interested in speaking with prospective volunteers who have special skills or interests about other ways to contribute.
In appreciation for their contributions of time and energy, volunteers at Olana enjoy ongoing education and enrichment opportunities, trips to other museums and historic sites, and volunteer appreciation events throughout the year.
If you would like to learn more, please call to 518-751-6857 or email.
Current Volunteering Opportunities
Room Guides (during Self-Guided Touring Hours)
Olana restarted it’s House Access in late September 2020, visitors will enter the Main House and walk around, self-guided (though limited in space)! Room Guides help orient visitors in the Main House and answer questions about Olana and its collections.
Time commitment: Weekly or biweekly shift of 4 hours (Friday – Sunday)
Training Requirements: 1 Training Class plus independent study. Next Training Class: Rolling Basis
Share what you love about Olana! Ambassadors improve our visitors’ experience by assisting guests who have questions about Olana or would like suggestions about things to do during or after their visit. As an ambassador, you’ll also help inform visitors about our exciting programs and promote the benefits of membership.
Time commitment: Weekly or biweekly shift of 2-4 hours (Tuesday – Sunday)
Training Requirements: To be an Ambassador, training requires shadowing another Ambassador for at least one hour. This time should be used to ask questions of the experienced Ambassador and become familiar with the site and its daily operations.
Olana hosts over 90 public programs each year and we need volunteers to help with a range of one-off and repeat activities. Are you an educator? We also host field trips and educational groups and we’d love your help interpreting Olana for them!
Time Commitment: Varied, depending on program
Olana has special events throughout the year, like our annual Summer Party, the Exhibition Opening, and the Summer Market. Volunteers can help with event set-up and clean-up, mailings and other publicity, greeting and registering visitors, parking/general directional assistance, and preparing and assisting with refreshments.
Time commitment: Occasional shift of 2-3 hours
Next Event: TBD
Olana is always looking for help at its office in Cosy Cottage. Spend a few hours assisting us with mailings, organizing materials, and other office needs.
Time commitment: Occasional shift of 1-2 hours
The Olana Museum Store is the first place that visitors come when they arrive at Olana. Volunteer opportunities include greeting, stocking, pricing, answering inquires, and other minor tasks. Retail experience appreciated but not a requirement.
Time commitment: Flexible scheduling available
To view our current internship opportunities, please click here.