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Summer Docent Training and Other Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a fun volunteer activity in one of San Francisco’s most amazing houses? Interested in sharing history with visitors from all over the world? Would you like to meet friends interested in San Francisco, architecture, design, and local culture?

Get it all by learning to be a docent at the historic Haas-Lilienthal House!

Our 2024 Docent Summer Training encompasses three Saturday morning sessions with follow-up practice tours. Docents meet some great people, volunteer in a beautiful and important city landmark, and receive a free membership in an organization dedicated to the architectural and cultural heritage of San Francisco.

2024 Docent Summer Training Schedule at the Haas-Lilienthal House, 2007 Franklin Street
(Sign up and commitment to all three sessions required)

Saturday, July 13, 2024, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Orientation and Introduction to the Haas-Lilienthal House

Saturday, July 20, 2024, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
About San Francisco Heritage, Procedures, Security, and Tour Tips

Saturday, August 3, 2024, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Practice Tours with Experienced Docents

We’ll provide the snacks and drinks, educational materials, and gratitude if you bring the enthusiasm!

Email Hannah Woodall, Community Development Manager to sign up.

Special Bonus Opportunity #1

Not ready to take the docent leap? We also welcome volunteers to help with tour check-in and cashiering. On tour days from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., our greeter/cashier welcomes visitors to the Haas-Lilienthal House, checks in attendees, sells items from the gift shop, and chats with visitors from around the world!. We can get you trained up quickly if you’ve ever used an iPad before.

Email Hannah Woodall, Community Development Manager to sign up.

Special Bonus Opportunity #2

We’re recruiting Heritage Hike leaders for the 2024-2025 school year. SF Heritage’s popular field trips for San Francisco 3rd graders, will return in the fall for its 41st year. Classes take a version of the general Haas-Lilienthal House tour learning about architectural design and 19th century life, a curriculum which meets California educational content standards.

Tours take place on select Tuesday and Thursday mornings between December and May. This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for retired teachers or others who enjoy working with groups of 10-12 children (and their teacher and adult chaperones).

Training sessions for Heritage Hikes have not yet been scheduled, but you can sign up as interested by emailing Hannah Woodall, Community Development Manager.

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