We have a wide variety of opportunities available, depending on your interests and availability. Each job is important to fulfilling Pennsbury’s mission and bringing the 17th Century alive for visitors. No previous experience is required, we offer Basic Training for all volunteers and will make sure you’re prepared! Please check out the Volunteer Opportunities listed below.
Join our team of Animal Care volunteers! Our oxen, horses, sheep, and geese are often the highlight of the experience for visitors, and our volunteers provide essential help in keeping our animals happy and healthy. Morning and afternoon shifts are available, which may include feeding and grooming the animals, as well as cleaning out the stable area. Previous experience is not required; training will be provided. Volunteers must be comfortable around large animals.
Volunteer Tour Guides help us lead our regularly-scheduled public tours, which are offered Tues.-Sat. four times/day. They are responsible for taking
groups of all ages through the Manor House and Kitchen House. Tour Guides must be flexible and able to adapt depending on group’s size, age, and interests.
School Program Guide
We offer several different school programs on weekdays in the Spring/Fall, and our School Program Guides help us guide children of varying grade levels through each area. This could mean taking classes on a tour of the buildings or being responsible for an area/activity the children visit. School Program Guides must be skilled at handling large groups of children and using hands-on activities to create a fun experience.
Trades & Crafts Demonstrator
During our Sundays at Pennsbury programs, weekday school programs, and Special Events, volunteers offer demonstrations of 17th-century trades and crafts. Our three largest programs are Blacksmithing, Joynery (a form of wood-working), and Open-Hearth Cooking. We also demonstrate wool-carding and spinning, laundry, soap-making, chair-caning, beer-brewing, cider-pressing, and medicinal remedies depending on volunteer interest and talent.
Living History Theatre
Our troupe of “role-players” research events, people, and cultures in the 17th-century to develop programs for visitors and special events. Programs are usually scheduled on the second Sunday of the month from March through October. Living History Theatre Volunteers must be available for Tuesday evening meetings to rehearse for program days.
William Penn Sewing & Mending Society
We are looking for volunteers with basic or advanced sewing skills to help us create the period clothing worn by all our Tour Guides and Demonstrators. The group meets one Saturday per month to cut out patterns and work on projects, taking clothes home to work on in-between meetings. No previous historical knowledge required – we will teach you any new techniques required. Clothing uses a combination of machine and hand sewing.
With over 43 acres we need plenty of volunteers to help us care for Pennsbury’s gardens. Volunteers come Mondays and Thursdays to help with planting, weeding, harvesting, etc. Although volunteers are responsible for arranging volunteer time in the gardens, the gardener will occasionally request help with special projects. Like the animal caretakers, this is primarily behind-the-scenes work. However, garden volunteers are given the opportunity to be a Stationed Guide in the Kitchen Garden during special events.
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (215) 946-0400.