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 518-751-6857 or email.
Current Volunteering Opportunities
Room Guides (during Self-Guided Touring Hours)
Olana has introduced self-guided touring on weekends in season, when visitors can roam the House at their own pace. Room Guides help orient visitors in the Main House and answer questions about Olana and its collections.
Time commitment: Weekly or biweekly shift of 2.5 hours (Saturday or Sunday 1:45 – 4:15pm), seasonal
Training: 4 hours plus independent study
Tour guides give tours of the Main House – introducing visitors to Frederic Church and his family, the Hudson River School, and the marvelous collection of art and objects that fill each room. This is a fun way to share what you love about Olana as well as expand your knowledge about its history. Tour guides are extensively trained and some background reading is required.
Time commitment: Weekly or biweekly shift of 1.5, 3.5 or 5.5 hours, seasonal
Training: 40 hours plus independent study
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
Training: 1-2 hours
Programs and Education
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
Special Events/General Office
Olana has special events throughout the year, like our annual Summer Party and the Exhibition Opening. Volunteers can help with event set-up and clean-up, mailings and other publicity, greeting and registering visitors, and preparing and assisting with refreshments.
Time commitment: Occasional shift of 2-3 hours
The Olana Museum Store
The Olana Museum Store is the first place that guests come when they arrive at Olana. Volunteer opportunities include greeting, stocking, cleaning, selling, event set-up and clean-up. Retail experience is appreciated, but not a requirement.
Time commitment: Flexible scheduling available
Download the volunteer application click here.
Are you a Student?
High School Students
Olana can help you fulfill your community service requirements. Opportunities for high school students seeking community service credit are also available. Projects include assistance with special events, program preparation and cleanup, basic research, data entry, etc.
Olana offers paid and unpaid internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.