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Pittock Mansion

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Pittock Mansion from the lawn

Interested in history and sharing one of Portland's premier attractions? Pittock Mansion is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to greet visitors in the Mansion. Long-term, short-term, and holiday season volunteers are welcome.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Greet visitors and answer questions
  • Familiarize yourself with the information about the Mansion and the estate
  • Maintain excellent customer service
  • Assist in operation original Otis elevator (Mansion Host)

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

Training: All volunteers are required to attend a 2-hour training, and pass a background check.

Commitment: Shifts are 4-hours long and available 7 days a week, February-December. There isn’t a maximum or a minimum number of shifts a volunteer must sign up for--schedules are flexible.

History of the Mansion and Pittock Family: Pittock Mansion was built in 1914 for one of Oregon’s most influential families, and is 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. Henry Pittock helped establish the Portland Rose Festival, the Mazamas climbing club, the Oregon Riding Club. Georgiana PIttock was a gifted fundraiser 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.

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3229 NW Pittock DrivePortland, OR 97210



  • Public Speaking
  • General Education
  • Interior / Exterior Design
  • History
  • People Skills
  • Community Outreach


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 4-hour shifts per month preferred
  • 2 hour training session

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