Guest Services: Visitor Center and its Gift Shop at Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights

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ORGANIZATION: Tovrea Carraro Society

Guest Services Volunteers are ambassadors who facilitate meaningful experiences for our visitors by welcoming guests and providing information about the area. In addition, they assist guests with purchases in the Gift Shop that support the TCS Mission. Volunteers are trained to use the easy cash register.

The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as for Special Events.

Find out more:

A Volunteer Application must be submitted prior to attending a Volunteer Information Session. Once an
application is submitted, it will be reviewed and you may be contacted to attend a Volunteer Information

Fill out the online application:

After the Information Session, all potential Volunteers will attend a Pre-Training Session to assist in placement based on skills, interest and availability.

Upon successful completion of the Pre-Training Session and acceptance into the volunteer program all
potential Volunteers MUST complete payment of any training fees* and a background check prior to
beginning training and placement.

Please keep in mind that submitting an application is the first step in a selection process and not all applicants can be accepted into the volunteer program with Tovrea Carraro Society.

**The Information Session does NOT include a Tour of the Castle**

A background check is required, along with a $50 nonrefundable Training fee, due upon acceptance into the Volunteer Program.

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About Tovrea Carraro Society


5025 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ 85008, US

Mission Statement

Tovrea Carraro Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2010, located in Phoenix, AZ. Our mission is to provide a unique experience for visitors to Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights; preserving, maintaining and restoring its historic structures, gardens and grounds, in partnership with the City of Phoenix. We're proud of our association with the City, and equally proud to make the Castle available to the public through our scheduled tours and other programs. To learn more, link to our website at


Tovrea Castle, the wedding cake shaped Castle that is located on 44 acres near Van Buren and Highway 202, was originally built by Alessio Carraro as a hotel that would be the centerpiece of a luxury housing development.

When the Depression ended this dream, the Castle was purchased by the prominent meatpacking baron, EA Tovrea, and his wife, Della.

The Castle would remain in the Tovrea family until the late 1980’s when the citizens of the City of Phoenix passed the first of 3 bond issues to purchase this much loved landmark.

This Jewel in the Sonoran Desert has been the source of both legend and mystery for several generations of Phoenicians, is a City of Phoenix Point of Pride and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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5025 E Van BurenPhoenix, AZ 85008



  • Basic Computer Skills
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building
  • Merchandising
  • Customer Service


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 hours including open and close, at least two times per month
  • Online Application submitted; $50 nonrefundable training fee

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