Experience Brucemore in a new way....

Volunteering at Brucemore provides the opportunity to experience the National Trust Historic Site's Mansion and 26-acre estate in a new way.

Whether your interests lie in leading tours, working at a special event, assisting with maintaining the gardens and grounds, furthering research and care of items in collections and archives, or providing general office support, Brucemore has volunteer opportunities available to fulfill a variety of passions.

Perks of becoming a Brucemore Volunteer:

  • Involvement with a National Trust Historic Site and the Cedar Rapids community
  • Learning about the history of Cedar Rapids
  • Opportunities to attend volunteer-only events, such as lectures, special tours, enrichment activities, and exclusive trips
  • Meet new people who share your interestes

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, working with a mentor, and following other tour guides to develop a tour-conducting style.

Optional training in specialty tours and school tours is available depending on interests and availability.

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.

Collections and Research Volunteers

Collections and Research Volunteers assist with a wide range of duties, including researching, cataloguing, photographing, scanning, and organizing information about Brucemore's permanent collections and archives.

Individuals must be well organized, detail-oriented, and able to work independently. Training will be provided on handling collections items with care.

Brucemore Store Volunteers

Brucemore Store Volunteers are often the first people to greet the public, answering questions, promoting programs and events, and orienting visitors to Brucemore.

Volunteers work closely with the Brucemore Store Manager in a professional store environment, assisting with merchandising, inventory, customer sales, light cleaning, and other tasks as assigned.

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.