Shop Attendant and Greeter, Gropius House
Walter Gropius, founder of the German design school known as the Bauhaus, was one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century. Modest in scale, the 1938 Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts, was revolutionary in impact. In keeping with Bauhaus philosophy, every aspect of the house and its surrounding landscape was planned for maximum efficiency and simplicity of design. With all the family possessions still in place, the house has an immediacy rarely found in house museums.
Opportunity: Historic New England seeks a volunteer to assist with a variety of tasks related to visitor services at Gropius House. Duties include welcoming guests, selling merchandise and memberships, and collecting admission fees. Training will be provided. Gropius House is open Wednesday to Sunday from June through October and Saturday and Sunday only from October through June, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Open during these hours, the museum shop not only supports merchandise sales but also acts as a visitor center where tour tickets and memberships are sold. Volunteers must be able to commit to working at least five days per month. Successful candidates will be subject to a background check.
Skills and Qualifications: The ideal volunteer is reliable, friendly, comfortable using a computer cash register (with training provided), enjoys interacting with the public, and has strong customer service skills. Enthusiasm for mid-century Modern and history is a plus. Retail experience is helpful, but not required.