We welcome volunteers!

2018 Volunteer Party at the Old School

Whether your interests or expertise lay in the areas of historical research and preservation, land use and planningeducation, sustainable agriculture, habitat restoration and management, communications, development, or events management, you can find a place among our volunteers and share with them a love of Waterford.

Let us know how you would like to help, and we’ll put you in touch with the staff and volunteers so vital to our mission of preservation and education. Opportunities are available for a wide range of interests and time commitments. Most of our volunteer opportunities are for adults, but projects for children and students can be arranged with advance notice.

Contact: [email protected]; 540-882-3018, Ext. 3

Volunteer Opportunities

Board Committees

Attend monthly meetings and help make planning and policy recommendations to the Board of Directors. In addition to recommending policies and plans to the Board, our committee members often also support Waterford Foundation staff in the ongoing operations of the Foundation. Choose one or more of the committees listed below:

  • Development (oversees appeals to members, donors, grantors to raise funds for our mission; plans fundraising events)
  • Education (oversees educational outreach during the Waterford Fair and throughout the year; proposes and oversees new publications)
  • Fair  (responsible for strategic planning of the Waterford Fair; proposes new initiatives to improve the success of the Waterford Fair as an educational outreach program and income source)
  • Finance (oversees financial policies, monitors accounts and budgets, etc.)
  • Preservation (oversees and recommends strategies for the management and preservation of WF properties, historic artifacts, and for the Landmark as a whole)
  • Land Use (responsible for recommending and monitoring landscape preservation policies for Waterford Foundation properties)
  • Phillips Farm (responsible for recommending and monitoring stewardship policies and plans for the 144 acre Phillips Farm)
  • Properties Planning and Management (responsible for recommending policies and plans for the preservation, restoration, use, and rental of Waterford Foundation properties)
  • Waterford Craft School (responsible for recommending plans and policies for the successful operation of the Waterford Craft School as an educational outreach program and sustainable income source).

Second Street School Program

Volunteer portraying “Miss Nickens”
at the Second Street School

Help us provide our living history program to 1500 4th grade students each year by portraying Miss Nickens, the Second Street School teacher. This is a great volunteer opportunity for retired teachers who want to stay engaged in education. Volunteer shifts are mostly during weekdays in the fall and spring, from about 9:30 am until 1:00 pm. Training is provided and volunteers are expected to provide their own costume appropriate for an 1880s school teacher, such as a floor length dark skirt paired with a white button down blouse. For more information about the Second Street School Living History Program, click here.

Tour Guides and Homes Tour Docents

Lovers of history may especially enjoy lending their time as walking tour guides and/or homes tour docents. Walking tours are conducted as requested with advanced notice. Training is provided. Homes Tour docents work one or more 4 hours shifts during the Waterford Fair and are provided with a script in advance of their shift.

Historical Research

Interested in Waterford or Loudoun County history or enjoy digging into primary documents? Waterford has many possible research projects available. This is also a great opportunity for students. Projects will be tailored to the interest of the volunteer and will require meetings with our local historian to arrange.

Archives and Local History Collection

Anyone experienced with working with archives and primary documents may be interested in helping with the Waterford Foundation archives.

Waterford Fair

2018 Fair Volunteers at Photography 

The Waterford Fair is the first full weekend of each October. It’s a great time to be in Waterford as a volunteer! Volunteers get to attend the Fair for an additional day for free and have fun on the day they work. Opportunities include being a docent in a historic home, working with the Art shows, food, wine, or behind the scenes. Shifts range in time commitments from just a few hours to all three days.

Phillips Farm

The Phillips farm is a wonderful nature preserve in Waterford that is protecting the original land and viewsheds of the village. You can help tend walking trails, control invasive species, monitor bluebirds, monitor water quality, as well as other projects as they come up. Some of these volunteer opportunities are managed by our partner, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy.