Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

Internships:
Internship opportunities are available with Henrico Recreation and Parks for students who are enrolled in an accredited college/university with an appropriate major. All Henrico County internships are posted online at www.henricojobs.com. For more information, contact Human Resources at 501-7206.

Volunteers:
Looking for a way to serve the community? Henrico Recreation and Parks has a variety of volunteer positions available. These positions may include daytime, evening, or weekend hours on an as needed basis. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out an application and indicate where you would like to work. Click here for a volunteer application. For additional information on volunteering with Henrico Recreation and Parks, contact us at (804) 501-5156, cra18@co.henrico.va.us.

The following is a list of possible volunteer opportunities:

Must be 16 or older:

    • Gardening, programs, and events at The Armour House
    • Greeters, historic programs, and events at Walkerton Tavern
    • Heirloom plant gardeners at Walkerton Tavern
    • Historic farmhouse tour guide at Meadow Farm Museum
    • Native plant gardeners at Three Lakes Nature Center
    • Receptionists/greeters at Deep Run Recreation Center
    • Receptionists/greeters at Meadow Farm Orientation Center
    • Tour guides and receptionists at Dabbs House Museum

Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult:

    • Gardening and program preparation at Meadow Farm Museum, Age requirements vary.*
    • Countywide special events (festivals, concerts, and children’s activities)
    • Museum collections assistance in Historic Preservation & Museum Services
    • Senior adult programs and events
    • Theatre/Community Band/Chorus programs
    • Therapeutic recreation programs and events

*Special Note: Meadow Farm Museum only accepts volunteers ages 10 and older. Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. All volunteers are required to attend an orientation and training session held in January each year.


Spotlight on Volunteers at Meadow Farm Museum

April is National Volunteer Month!

Ken & Terry Murphy have been volunteering at Meadow Farm for about 20 years.  Ken, born in Indiana, was a salesman for American Tobacco when he started volunteering here.  He went back to college, earned his teaching certificate and was a Social Studies teacher at Brookland Middle School until he retired.  Terry, also from the Midwest, was a nurse until she retired.  She worked at the hospital on Parham Road through all of its name changes. Both of the Murphys love history. The Murphys went from general volunteers to first person characters, eventually portraying Dr. & Mrs. Sheppard for our first person events.  Both Ken and Terry are members of the original Agricultural Guild and part of the original group that founded The Friends of Meadow Farm.  Terry also belongs to our Sewing Guild.  When they retired, they started volunteering one day a week as tour guides for our public tour hours at Meadow Farm.  Being tall and bearing a slight resemblance to Jefferson Davis, Ken and Terry went on to portray Davis and Varina not only in Virginia but other states as well. You might find the Murphys at Ti Chi or Yoga when they are not volunteering at the Farm.  They have one son, one daughter-in-law and one granddaughter.

Sandy Satterwhite came to us in 2011. Sandy is a born and bred Virginian, born in Ashland and raised in Hanover.  She was also volunteering at Scotchtown when she decided to test the waters at Meadow Farm.  Sandy does it all—gives tours, helps with the school field trips, open hearth cooking, programs, history camp, and is a member of the Sewing Guild.  She wears many hats. Sandy is a crack researcher with many, many local connections.  Her love of history takes her deep into the archives of museums and minds of the local historians and residents to dig out little known facts. She was a guiding force behind an exceptional presentation at the 2013 Southeast Regional Association of Living History Farms and Museums hosted by Meadow.  Her latest project has been the exhibit about the Civil War Battle of Yellow Tavern, which will open in October.

Matthew King has been volunteering at Meadow Farm Museum since 2007. He was a student in the International Baccalaureate program at Moody Middle School. He is now looking forward to starting college in the fall.  His efforts began with the Agricultural Guild meeting weekly from April through Sept working the historic field crops and heirloom garden. His initial interests in the heirloom varieties of plants led him to propagate items at his home in order to transplant to Meadow Farm’s main garden. Additional responsibilities include preparing the plots, planting, weeding and harvesting.  Matthew has contributed his services in other ways as well. In Meadow Farm’s Yuletide program, Matthew portrayed a young Ben Sheppard of the late 1700’s His musical talents added greatly to the production. Matthew has participated in many hands-on historic trades, interpreting and demonstrating various activities to the public. He has apprenticed in Meadow Farm’s blacksmith shop and has assisted with hand shearing sheep every spring. Matthew has even guided Meadow Farm’s draft horses through maneuvers. Matthew is very personable,  hard working, and possessing a wide range of intellect and curiosity as well as a maturity far beyond his years.


Keep Henrico Beautiful
Keep Henrico Beautiful offers County residents of all ages litter prevention and recycling programs, environmental education resources, and volunteer opportunities. Because We Care is Henrico County’s volunteer litter control program. Volunteers can adopt a road (must be 18 to pick up litter on a road), a park, a school, or a community. County signs are erected to identify adopted areas and adoptees. Teen volunteer opportunities are also available at seasonal events. For more information, contact KHB at (804) 501-4502, boi@co.henrico.va.us.

Additional Opportunities
Additional volunteer opportunities are available throughout Henrico County and are coordinated by Shanone Sport through the Human Resources Department. For questions and/or more information, please visit the Human Resources website or contact HR at (804) 501-4425.