Student Opportunities at Pittock Mansion

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Pittock Mansion

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Are you looking for volunteer hours to fulfill a class or degree requirement, or thinking of getting a degree in History, Museum Studies, or Education? Pittock Mansion is seeking enthusiastic college students to guide tours and greet visitors.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Greet visitors and answer questions
  • Familiarize yourself with the information about the Mansion and the Pittock Mansion
  • Guides lead three 50-minute tours through the Mansion, and she shared stories of Henry and Georgiana Pittock, Oregon Trail pioneers.
  • Maintain excellent customer service
  • Assist in operation original Otis elevator (Mansion Host)

Training: All volunteers are required to attend a 2-hour training. Tour Guides must sign up for multiple host shifts (see the post about hosting at Pittock Mansion), and shadow multiple tours before guiding their own.

Commitment: Tour Guide lead three 50 minute tours through the mansion: 11:30am, 12:45pm, & 2:00pm. Shifts are available 7 days a week, February through mid-November. (Tour guides are asked to host during the holiday season) Each shift is about 4-hours. There isn’t a maximum or a minimum number of shifts a volunteer must sign up for-schedules are flexible.

Impact: Pittock Mansion volunteers actively support the Mansion’s mission to inspire understanding and stewardship of Portland history through Pittock Mansion, its collections, and programs.

History of the Mansion and Pittock Family: Pittock Mansion was built in 1914 for one of Oregon’s most influential families, and it’s filled with rich history and remarkable stories. The Mansion is known for its architectural and technological prowess-original Otis elevator, central vacuum cleaning system, dumbwaiter, and thermostat-controlled central heating.

In 1853, Henry Pittock arrived in Portland "barefooted and without a cent." By 1860, Mr. Pittock had moved his way up from a typesetter to the owner of The Oregonian newspaper. Portland’s history is reflected in the unique lives of the Pittocks, whose work, interests, and life stories still influence Portlanders today. Henry and Georgiana Pittock were activists, community builders, and lovers of the outdoors. They helped establish the Portland Rose Festival, the Mazamas climbing club, the Oregon Riding Club, and were gifted fundraisers for the Ladies Relief Society, Portland Women’s Union, and helped found the Portland Rose Society.

How to Apply: please contact Kyla Foster at or (503) 823-3587.

Note: All floors of Pittock Mansion are elevator accessible to those able to transfer to a manual/push wheelchair. The 1913 elevator cannot accommodate powered chairs or scooters, due to its size and weight limitations. The Gate Lodge is not handicap accessible.

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3229 NW Pittock DrivePortland, OR 97210



  • Public Speaking
  • Adult Education
  • General Education
  • History
  • People Skills
  • Teaching / Instruction




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 4-hour shifts based on your availability.

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