Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Oakland Cemetery!

We rely on our volunteers every day to fulfill our mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery and its rich history. Volunteers at Oakland have a variety of opportunities to participate, which includes leading tours, staffing the Visitors Center, and working in the gardens. Oakland also hosts a number of special events throughout the year, and we ask all volunteers to lend a hand for these important fundraisers.

These festivals, a 5K race, and our signature Halloween Tours would not be possible without the help of our volunteers. Whether you love history, enjoy gardening, or just want to have fun with a great group of people, there is a place for you in the Oakland volunteer family!

For more details on volunteering at Oakland Cemetery, please contact Betsy Trope at btrope@oaklandcemetery.com.

Volunteer Opportunities

Tour Guides

Guides lead both our general overview tour and a variety of special topic tours, ranging from baseball to brewing, and focusing on the history of the city’s African American and Jewish communities. If you are friendly, outgoing, and enjoy meeting new people and sharing Oakland with them, this is the job for you!

Tour guides must be able to walk for approximately ninety (90) minutes, in varied weather conditions, on potentially uneven surfaces, and be comfortable speaking in front of a group.

Training and Commitment:

Our tour guides engage with diverse groups from around the globe, and present accurate, up-to-date information with enthusiasm. Prospective tour guides must attend a general orientation, followed by three (3) group training sessions with an experienced guide. Following the training sessions, trainees must successfully lead two (2) tours with a guide mentor.

Tour guides must commit to conduct a minimum of one (1) tour per month. Guides should remain current on information included in the tour and are encouraged to take a number of tours with experienced guides (at no charge).

Visitors Center & Museum Shop

Our Visitors Center & Museum Shop volunteers are the public face of Oakland Cemetery, welcoming all visitors and providing information about the cemetery and surrounding area. In the Visitors Center & Museum Shop, volunteers encourage Historic Oakland Foundation membership and volunteer opportunities, sell Museum Shop merchandise, and assist the staff with receptionist services.

Training and Commitment:

Prospective Visitors Center volunteers attend a general orientation and a training session with the Visitors Center & Museum Shop Manager, followed by three (3) shifts with an experienced volunteer. Volunteers must learn to use Square for merchandise sales.

Volunteers must commit to at least one (1) 4-hour shift per month.

General orientation and training sessions for prospective tour guides and Visitors Center & Museum Shop volunteers are held in January.

We are not accepting applications for new guides or Visitors Center volunteers at this time.

Special Events

Oakland hosts multiple events throughout the year, to both share the history and beauty of the cemetery with the public and to raise the funds necessary to preserve, restore, and enhance it. The success of these events depends on our volunteers, who may participate in a variety of ways, including planning, set-up and tear-down, bartending, merchandise sales, and children’s activities. Whatever your skills and interests may be, there is an opportunity for you at an Oakland event.

Training:

Certain positions may involve advance training on Square or draft truck operations.

Gardens

Volunteers are always welcome and there are many options for those who’d like to help in the gardens. Three-hour workdays are planned throughout the year and all willing hands are welcome – with or without prior experience. This can be a wonderful way to make new friends while increasing your gardening knowledge. An experienced leader leads and teaches groups of volunteers in small teams. Individual projects are also possible for those with more experience.

Contact gardens@oaklandcemetery.com for details of upcoming events.

Benefits to being an Oakland Volunteer

  • Opportunities to meet new people from around the world while working with a diverse, talented, FUN group of friends.
  • Special volunteer appreciation events throughout the year.
  • Opportunity to learn about the history, architecture, and natural environment of one of Atlanta’s most important historic sites—and to share with others.
  • Fun and educational outings with other volunteers.
  • Free guided overview and specialty tours. Discounted fees for ticketed tours.