Experience Brucemore in a new way....

Volunteers are a vital component of Brucemore's success. Volunteers play a critical role in telling the story of Brucemore, engaging the public, and creating an educational and fun-filled experience for all guests.

Volunteering at Brucemore provides the opportunity to experience the 1884 mansion and 26-acre historic estate in a new way. Whether your interests lie in leading tours, working at a special event, assisting with maintaining the gardens and grounds, or providing general office support, Brucemore has volunteer opportunities available to fulfill a variety of passions. The opportunities available allow you to determine what is important to you and how you spend your time.

Perks of becoming a Brucemore Volunteer:

  • Being part of a group of inspired people interested in sharing and preserving the history of the Cedar Rapids community
  • Opportunities to attend volunteer-only events, such as enrichment activities, appreciation events, and exclusive trips
  • Involvement with a National Trust Historic Site

Sign up to be a Brucemore Volunteer today!

Volunteer Opportunities

Tour Guides

Tour Guides present Brucemore to the visiting public through leading tours. The guide's interest, excitement, and learned history help to inspire others in their appreciation of the site and to build long-term positive relationships for Brucemore.

Tour guides must become certified by attending an orientation event, learning Brucemore's history, and shadowing tours.

Additional training in school tours is optional upon being certified for the standard tour.

Gardening Volunteers

Garden Volunteers assist Brucemore gardeners in the Formal Garden, Children's Garden, Cutting Garden, Greenhouses, and with garden events.

Opportunities are available assisting annually with the Brucemore Plant Sale and Brucemore Garden and Art Show. Tasks can be physically demanding, including weeding, edging, planting, trimming, transplanting, and watering.

Gardening skills are not required and necessary tools are provided.

Events Volunteers

Event Volunteers fill a variety of roles throughout the year at children's events, outdoor theatre performances, concerts, festivals, garden programs, and workshops.

Opportunities include taking tickets, ushering, instructing children on craft projects, driving golf cart shuttles, and directing parking.

Office Assistance Volunteers

Office Assistance Volunteers help with assembling publications, newsletters, and invitations for mailings, data entry and research, and other office tasks as needed.


Please note: Internships are available for academic credit year-round. The process is selective and limited due to current projects and the nature and responsibilities of the position. Contact Brucemore for more information.