There are so many ways you can contribute your time and talents as a Tahoe Heritage Foundation volunteer!

Volunteer opportunities are offered to support and/or chair five committees:

  • Marketing & PR Committee
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Administrative Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • History & Interpretation Committee

Volunteering at the Pope-Baldwin Estates, Tallac Historic Site is a wonderful and rewarding way to contribute to two of the remaining Old Tahoe historic luxury summer estates in South Lake Tahoe, California. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service , Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Tahoe Heritage Foundation, along with the Tallac Site Volunteers, help us meet our mission of preservation, interpretation, and stewardship of this historic estate for public education and enjoyment.

If you need more information about each volunteer area, see the descriptions below; otherwise scroll down ↓ to Volunteer Application

  •  Interpretive Tours and Programs – Supports historic houses, out buildings, daily tours, group tours, food/beverage history programs and special events;  educational demonstrations and exhibits. Costumes and interpretative knowledge required and provided.
  • Tallac Museum  – Provides direct visitor and member service, surrounding area information, Site Emergency Base, Washoe Exhibit Room, Tallac Gift Shop, Video Room, Exhibits, Tahoe Heritage Foundation and USFS Site Offices.
  • Heritage Days –Wednesdays 10am-3pm (July and August) ALL onsite volunteers to participate *some exceptions will occur. Provide direct service to visitors in the 1920s historic portrayal of life at Lake Tahoe during the summer; support of lawn games, activities and programs. Costumes required and provided; no power equipment or golf carts are to be used. Tallac Museum docents and Tallac Gift Shop volunteers are costume optional.
  • Tallac Gift Shop  – Provides direct visitor service in the Tallac Gift Shop and supports retail sales, merchandising and display efforts and includes ticket sales and program promotion.
  • Events & Hospitality  – Provides support for all public and private events, such as providing hospitality or assisting with entertainment, setup/takedown, execution. Includes large events like the Annual Gatsby Festival & Tea, Weekly Heritage Days, and yearly Special Fundraising Events.
  • Blacksmithing– Supports demonstrations, education and item sales; proof of experience and references required.
  • Traditional Craft Demonstrations– Supports exhibit and demonstrations such as pottery, caligraphy, basket weaving, rug hooking and various artist mediums – sketching, painting and children’s art projects.
  • Antique Vehicles– Supports general maintenance, protection/care and repair of historic vintage vehicles; valid drivers license required
  • Boathouse Docents– Present the interpretative stories of the Pope Estate boathouse, boats and other objects through talks, video and other interactions.
  • Photography – Supports weekly photographic activities by volunteers, Tahoe Heritage Foundation & USFS staff, create marketing and social media quality photos.
  • Costuming – Hands-on sewing and repairing of period appropriate costumes, support selection and fitting of volunteer costuming; work alongside costumer onsite and through email.
  • Gardens – Hands-on horticulture work in the Baldwin -Pope Estate garden areas as well as the Pope Estate vegetable garden with Master Gardener direction.
  • Roving Site & Garden Docents – Welcome visitors and present the interpretative stories of the Pope-Baldwin Estates through tours, talks, and other interactions; includes promotion of Tours, Programs and Special Events.
  • Exhibits and Collections – Supports the daily tasks of collection management, including shelving, accessioning database work, and inventories. Assists with project-oriented tasks including: delivery &/or receipt of object, object research, database management, and entry, object photography, rehousing, archival filing, archival scanning and cataloging, research, and other seasonal projects.
  • Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance– Supports general grounds, lawn, pathway, pond, fountain and irrigation system, tools & equipment maintenance; also supports Shoreline Trail, Promenade and Resort area.
  • Restoration and Preservation– Supports historic buildings preservation including carpentry, masonry, painting, electrical, plumbing, glass, rodent control; proof of expertise in these areas is required. Includes use, cleaning and maintenance of the shop, tools, equipment and supplies.
  • Visitor and Member Services – ALL volunteers provide direct support for visitor services; includes the promotion of Tours, Programs and Special Events, Membership and Donations

Volunteers at Tahoe Heritage Foundation must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Be a returning volunteer in good standing;
  2. New volunteers to provide references and experience; new to volunteering – we train.
  3. Complete a Volunteer Program Application;
  4. Sign Tahoe Heritage Foundation Volunteer Group Agreement, Code of Conduct and USFS Job Hazard Analysis; provided during Orientation
  5. Local Volunteers meet a minimum of 72 hours per year of volunteer service;
  6. RV Volunteers must reside more than 50 miles from the historic site and meet a minimum commitment to one 7 or 8 week session. Limit is (2) consecutive or alternating sessions May to Mid-October. RV sites are provided by the Tahoe Heritage Foundation.
  7. Provide Tahoe Heritage Foundation with an email address so we can share important volunteer updates and information with you regularly;
  8. Be able to traverse (with an assistive device if needed) the uneven terrain of the Pope-Baldwin Estates, Tallac Historic Site property; includes off-site project based locations

Benefits to becoming a Tahoe Heritage Foundation volunteer include:

  1. Invitations to special volunteer-only events throughout the year;
  2. Training and continuing education opportunities;
  3. Four free Pope House Tour passes to share the amazing Tallac Historic Site with family and friends;
  4. Rewarding experiences and being part of the community of Tahoe Heritage Foundation volunteers, an incredible group of talented, fun, and welcoming individuals with the shared purpose of preserving and sharing the beauty of  historic Lake Tahoe with our local community and visitors.

Complete the Volunteer Program Application below:

All volunteers providing service at the Tallac Historic Site sign up directly with the Tahoe Heritage Foundation. Tahoe Heritage Foundation is under a Group Volunteer Agreement with the US Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

If you have questions about volunteering, please contact our  Volunteer Coordinator at (530) 544-7383 or volunteer@tahoeheritage.org.

2019 Volunteer Program Application available now: see below
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2019 Volunteer Application

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