The Wyck Association seeks volunteer docents to offer tours of our historic property at least once a week on Thursdays, Fridays, or Saturdays from 12:00pm-4:00pm during our open season. Our open season is April-November, but willing to work with the schedule of college students who may only have summer availability.
Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm is one of the oldest homes and gardens in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, dating back to 1690. Wyck was home to nine generations of the same Quaker family, the Wistars and the Haines, who represented the city's leadership in business, natural history and science, education and social responsibility. Today the wonderful colonial house with its noteworthy 1824 alterations by the architect William Strickland, and historic gardens, invite visitors to view not only remarkable collections, but to experience through the lives of its owners the changing character of Philadelphia.
- Give guests an overview of the house and property and their historical context and show the first floor of the house consisting of a front parlor, vestibule, conservatory, library, dining room, and pantry and their associated collection items.
- Highlight certain of our most prominent pieces, such as our famous Strickland folding doors, Ben Franklin Chair, and portrait of Reuben Haines III by Rembrandt Peale, but tours are flexible in that each volunteer can speak on what they find most interesting about the house/family/collections.
- Speak about the Wyck Rose Garden and our farm, but docents are, generally, not required to walk the grounds. Most guests explore the grounds in a self-guided aspect.
- Fill out a simple guest log for each group that comes to the house during open hours. This log is used for Wyck to track visitation and not used to evaluate the guide.
- In the summer months, docents should dress comfortably and be prepared for the heat associated with an historic home.
- Docents are asked to cover at least one weekly shift during our open hours on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.
- Flexibility and multiple and/or varied days are an option.
- The house is open from 12-4, the docent allowing for a half hour before and after the shift for opening and closing of the house. (11:30am-4:30pm)
- Being a docent at Wyck is a chance to become part of the vibrant Historic Germantown community, and tell some unique stories.
- Our volunteer docents may also be involved in developing new tours of Wyck based on interpretive themes and/or interesting items in our collections.
To learn more: about Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm, visit: http://wyck.org/
Send resume and/or letter of interest describing related experience or why Wyck appeals to you to Wyck’s Development and Programs Manager, Mariel Rosati, firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-848-1690.
- People Skills
- Verbal / Written Communication
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Orientation or Training
- 4 to 12 hrs/wk based on availability & preference