As a Wayside Visitor Center Greeter, you will be the first stop for our guests to get an orientation to the very basics of "Who, What, Where and When," of the Fruitlands campus, after they have purchased admission tickets in the museum gift shop. Many guests are here for the first time or haven’t been here in a long time. The Wayside building has a timeline to show visitors the significant points in the museum’s history. Additional informational boards display information about the Fruitlands landscape. Each building is staffed with an interpreter/guide to introduce their building collection and answer more questions. Wayside Greeters will provide mid-day coverage for interpreters in each building.
Fruitlands is home to five collections on 210 acres of meadows and woods. The Museum was founded in 1914 by Clara Endicott Sears and takes its name from an experimental utopian community led by Bronson Alcott and Charles Lane which took place on this site in 1843. When you visit Fruitlands Museum you can go on a hike and commune with nature, learn about the lives of Transcendentalists and Shakers, sit in the Art Museum among Native American or Hudson River School treasures, or be in spired by contemporary exhibits and outdoor sculpture. Fruitlands is a unique gathering place that builds connections between nature, people and culture by offering engaging programs and exhibits.
Fruitlands Engagement Site Manager and Fruitlands staff
Time Commitment Needed:
Minimum one day per week from April 15 th-November 5 th
Available days: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday (Museum closed Tuesday)
11:30am - 2:00pm
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
During this time the regular Wayside Greeter will provide coverage for interpreters in each building. The volunteer responsibilities include the following:
- On time arrival
- Learn a 5-minute introduction/welcome to Fruitlands Museums
- Always display a warm and friendly welcome to guests.
- Know the amenities available to visitors (gator, restrooms, water, umbrellas, etc.)
- Know and be able to speak about the benefits of membership
- Know upcoming events and the promotional literature.
- Answer questions about the Trail System
- Log hours in to the Hands on Connect database weekly
- An interest in learning about Fruitlands and sharing that knowledge with visitors
- Desire to be an ambassador for Fruitlands in the Harvard community
- Friendly, able to work in team and individual settings
- People Skills
- Public Speaking
- Relationship Building
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- One day per week 4/15-11/5 (no Tuesdays)