Volunteer

 

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

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

  • Marketing & PR Committee – Supports web page and online presence, Newsletter, Press releases, Local newspaper and radio, Lake of the Sky Journal printing and distribution, Pope-Baldwin Recreation Area Marketing Strategy
  • Fundraising Committee – Provides support for all public and private events, such as providing hospitality or assisting with entertainment, or large events like Tallac Historic Site annual Gatsby Festival, Gatsby Festival High Tea & Vintage Fashion Show and our programs such as Membership, Grant Applications, Donor plaques and Donations.
  • Administrative Committee – Provides direct support for Partnership Agreements and contracts, Board recruitment and development, Personnel, IT, Volunteer recruitment.
  • Finance Committee – Provides direct support for Budgeting and reporting, oversee bookkeeping, cash handling, asset management, insurance, taxes, non-profit and legal
  • History & Interpretation Committee – Supports programs, antique vehicles, festivals, gardens, events, and exhibitions.

SEASONAL – TALLAC HISTORIC SITE Volunteering at the Pope-Baldwin Estates, Tallac Historic Site is a wonderful and rewarding way to contribute to one of the finest remaining historic estates in California. In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service , Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Tahoe Heritage Foundation Tallac Site Volunteers help us meet our mission of preservation, interpretation, and stewardship of this historic estate for public education and enjoyment. Note – training and mentor-ship is provided.

If you need more information about each volunteer area, see the descriptions below.

  •  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.
  • Tallac Museum  – Provides direct visitor service in the Gift Shop and supports retail sales, merchandising and display efforts
  • Heritage Days – Provides direct service to visitors in the 1920s historical portrayal of life at Lake Tahoe during the summer; support of games, activities and programs. Costumes required.
  • Tallac Museum Gift Shop  – Provides direct visitor service in the Gift Shop and supports retail sales, merchandising and display efforts.
  • Events & Hospitality  – Provides support for all public and private events, such as providing hospitality or assisting with entertainment, or large events like the Tallac Historic Site annual Gatsby Festival, Gatsby Festival High Tea & Vintage Fashion Show, 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 for 1920s traditional artistry 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;
  • Boathouse Docents– Welcome visitors and present the interpretative stories of the Pope Estate boathouse, boats and other objects through talks, video and other interactions.  Work alongside and support interpretative staff and volunteers.
  • 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 formal garden areas of both the Baldwin and Pope estates and the Pope Estate vegetable garden with Master Gardener direction.
  • Roving Site & Garden Docents – Welcome visitors and present the interpretative stories of the Pope and Baldwin Estates, Houses,Out Buildings and Gardens through tours, talks, and other interactions.  Work alongside and support interpretative staff and volunteers.
  • Exhibits and Collections – Supports the daily tasks of collection management, including shelving, accessioning database work, and inventories. Assists with project-oriented tasks in support of the History and Interpretation chair, including but not limited to: 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 and Promenade trail maintenance of Resort area.
  • Restoration and Preservation– Supports historic buildings preservation with ongoing efforts 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 provided by Tahoe Heritage Foundation and USFS.
  • Visitor and Member Services – ALL volunteers provide direct support for visitor services through the Tallac Museum Information Desk, serving as a greeter, host, or through administrative support.

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

  1. Be a returning volunteer in good standing; new volunteers to provide references and experience (no experience? we train!)
  2. Complete a Volunteer Application and Questionnaire;
  3. Sign Tahoe Heritage Foundation Volunteer Group Agreement and Code of Conduct;
  4. Meet a minimum of 72 hours per year of volunteer service;
  5.  Provide Tahoe Heritage Foundation with an email address so we can share important volunteer updates and information with you regularly;
  6. Be able to traverse (with an assistive device if needed) the uneven terrain of the Pope-Baldwin Estates, Tallac Historic Site property.

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 a Local or RV Volunteer (Out of town or State) Application below and we will contact you with additional information and instructions on how to become a Tahoe Heritage Foundation volunteer.

IMPORTANT:

RV Volunteers commit to one or two 5 week session(s) and stay at near-by  RV sites provided by Tahoe Heritage Foundation.
Full-service and Electrical(Baldwin RV Site)
Water Only Hook-ups -Blue Boy provided (Tallac RV Site)
Site designation dependent on RV size and /or special requirements.
Returning RV Volunteers Note – RV site number selection/request is NOT guaranteed.

Local volunteers typically provide service one or two days a week throughout the summer season.
Volunteer for a single task – Tour Guide, Museum Docent, Gift Shop, work on an exhibit or in the garden; or come out for an event, such as Heritage Days, Gatsby Festival or a clean-up weekend to open or close the site!

All volunteers providing service at the Tallac Historic Site sign up directly with the Tahoe Heritage Foundation under a Group Volunteer Agreement with the US Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit; there is no age limit.

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

Click below for volunteer applications:

 

RV Volunteer Application

RV Volunteer Questionnaire

Baldwin RV Site Map

Tallac RV Site Map

 

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