The Garden & Grounds Volunteer will assist with the upkeep, care, and maintenance of the Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden’s ½ grounds in support of its mission of preserving, maintaining, and interpreting the museum and its collection to serve as a historic, cultural, and educational resource for the community in the city of Alexandria.
Garden & Grounds Volunteer
Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA
The Lee-Fendall Museum is seeking Gardening Volunteers to assist with the care and upkeep of its ½ acre garden. The garden is an important part of the museum’s rental, program, and events space. Volunteers have the opportunity to work outdoors on their own schedule. Some prior gardening experience and knowledge is preferred. Volunteers who can provide tools are preferred.
The Garden & Grounds Volunteer:
(1) Signs in daily with the on-site administrator for any specific instructions.
(2) Assists with yardwork, including mowing, raking, and picking up trash and debris.
(3) Assists with weeding and edging bricked walks and parking areas.
(4) Assists with snow removal and deicing in winter months.
(5) Assists with raking leaves and leaf removal.
(6) Assists with watering and mulching flower beds.
(7) Assists with other program-related tasks as needed.
The Garden & Grounds Volunteer will report to the Executive Director or the Assistant.
Length of Appointment:
Volunteer status is at-will. The museum is seeking individuals who are available to perform on-site maintenance on a weekly or bi-weekly schedule. Very limited opportunities are available for one or two day projects.
This position is ongoing and self-determined. Volunteers have the opportunity to work on outdoor projects on their own schedule after coordinating with museum staff.
Prior gardening experience and knowledge is preferred for volunteers wishing to work in the gardens. There are fewer volunteer opportunities for unexperienced grounds volunteers.
Volunteers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during their volunteer shift.
While volunteer groups are welcome, the museum rarely has projects suitable for groups of more than 10 people. The museum has a small number of tools and equipment, usually enough for 2-3 people working on a single project. Additional equipment must be provided by the volunteer group.
Support and Benefits Provided:
Guidance will be provided by the site administrators regarding tasks and projects. A tour and history of the site will be provided upon start date. Sign-in sheets for each volunteer will be provided.
All Lee-Fendall House Museum volunteers are provided with light refreshments during their shift.
All Lee-Fendall House Museum volunteers are encouraged to attend museum functions and monthly meetings.
All Lee-Fendall House Museum volunteers receive 10% off gift shop purchases, are granted free parking in the museum parking lot, and benefit from free admission to historic sites throughout Old Town Alexandria.
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Volunteers must provide their own gardening tools.