Volunteer Opportunities

Scroll through this page to find what suits you! We encourage you to apply and express your interest so that we can match you now for current openings or later when more opportunities become open. Please visit our Volunteer Page to apply, for frequently asked questions, or to get in touch with us.

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

E.I. Du Pont Garden (age 15+)

Description: Maintain all trees, shrubs, perennials annuals, bulbs, and vegetables in the restored garden at the du Pont family residence under the direct supervision of the horticultural specialist. Maintain all areas of the garden and its surroundings. The garden is in a public area, so there will be some contact with museum visitors.

Qualifications: Desire and ability to work outdoors in a garden.

Requirements: Flexible schedule within staff working hours of 9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m. weekdays.

Science Saturdays

Description: Inspire, challenge, and teach kids and families about science and innovation!  Science Saturdays involve interactive hands-on activities, demonstrations, and challenges about a new science concept each week.  Volunteers will interact, communicate, and engage with visitors – both adults and children- and will work with a team of volunteers and staff. 

Qualifications: We are looking for energetic, enthusiastic people who are willing to interact with children and adults.  Must be able to try new things, initiate conversations with visitors, and act professionally. Basic science interest and/or knowledge a plus.

Requirements: All Science Saturday volunteers must attend a one-time training.  Volunteer schedule is flexible based on volunteer availability.  Programs are held on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, from noon-4:30pm.  Volunteers are asked to work a minimum of one shift every other month.  Volunteers may be standing, bending, walking, and/or sitting.

Youth Leadership Program

Hagley’s Youth Leadership Program gives teens meaningful volunteer opportunities at Hagley.  The Youth Leadership Program features three different tiers with each tier increasing teen responsibilities and time requirements:

  • Tier 1 – SparkCart volunteers facilitate innovative demonstrations for Hagley’s visitors during special event days.
  • Tier 2 – Design Team interns work in teams to create new SparkCart kits.
  • Tier 3 – Teen developers design and facilitate engaging programs for middle school and high school audiences. Starting Spring 2017.

The SparkCart is Hagley’s mobile activity cart that features different demonstrations related to innovations past and present.  Current topics include: Telegraph, Biomimicry, Pulleys, and Water Power.

The Youth Leadership Program has two five-month sessions running from April-August and October-February.  Each session includes four Build our Skills workshops that will help teens develop important twenty-first-century skills such as communication, collaboration, problem solving, and public engagement.

Hagley is currently accepting applications for the Fall/Winter 2016/2017 session.  An open house to answer questions and give a detailed overview will be held on Tuesday, September 13 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Hagley.  If you are interested in applying for the Youth Leadership Program, please download an application.  Applications are due by September 27 at 4:30 p.m.

If you have additional questions about Hagley’s Youth Leadership Program, please contact Jeff Durst, Education Program Manager, at jdurst@hagley.org or 302-658-2400 ext. 285.

If you have additional questions about other volunteer opportunities at Hagley, please contact Angela Williamson, Volunteer Manager, at awilliamson@hagley.org or 302-658-2400 ext. 257.

Special Events

Held throughout the year! Check the Events Volunteer Opportunities section below for availability.