We have opportunities for Tour Guides, Volunteers, Teachers, and Interns. Read on for more information!
Thurber House offers a unique volunteer opportunity for those who love history and have a knack for relating a good story. Our Tour Guides learn all about James Thurber’s life, his writing, his cartoons, his family, as well as the ghostly history of the house at 77 Jefferson Ave.
Tour Guides usually serve one Sunday per month from 1 - 4 pm where they greet visitors, offer a guided tour of Thurber House and assist customers making purchases in the bookstore. If you work well with children, we also need tour guides who are available during the week to give tours for school groups. Thurber House Tour Guides meet three times a year to hear a Thurber story, share experiences (ghostly or otherwise) and put the schedule together. If this sounds interesting to you, email your resume and cover letter to Meg Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Tour Guides must be 21 or older.
Our volunteers help make many of our programs possible and are involved with everything from planning events, to selling books, to keeping Thurber House open for tours on the weekends.
We have volunteer programs for both adults and teens, so there's something for everyone. We also need volunteers on weekends, weekdays and during the evenings, so there is an opportunity that will fit your schedule.
Volunteer at Thurber House
- Weekend booksellers and tour guides open and close the house for tours on the weekend, and sell books from the Thurber Country Bookstore.
- Middle Schoolers have the opportunity to become Young Docents who give tours of Thurber House before events.
Volunteer with Committees
- The Adult Literary Events Committee members help by volunteering during Evenings with Authors, Summer Literary Picnics, and other special author events. Volunteers are needed to sell tickets, hand out programs, assist with book signing lines, and more. Contact Anne Touvell at 614-464-1032 x.10 or email@example.com.
- Children’s Education and Outreach committees oversee our children’s education and outreach efforts; identify, plan, and evaluate each program, including the formulation of policies. Committee members also help implement and host each program. Contact Meg Brown at 614-464-1032 x.16 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about all volunteer opportunities, call Meg Brown at 614-464-1032 x.16 or e-mail email@example.com.
There are no current full-time employment opportunities with Thurber House.
Creative Writing Teachers
Do you love creative writing? Do you enjoy working with young writers who are eager to develop their talent? If you answered “yes” to these questions, consider applying to teach at Thurber House’s children’s writing workshops and camps!
Send an email to Meg Brown, Director of Children’s Education at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your interest and attach your resume. Meg will set up a time to meet with you and tell you more about the teaching opportunities available.
Thurber House teachers come from a variety of places. Some are retired schoolteachers who love creative writing, some are local freelance writers who love to teach, some are published authors who feel the need to nurture young writers, and some are MFA graduates who are still in town wondering what they will do next. The common thread is a love of writing and the enjoyment that comes from working with children. Click here for an FAQ about being a teacher at Thurber House!
Teachers must provide a background check prior to teaching at Thurber House.
Thurber House Interns
During the summer, high school or college student interns assist with our summer writing camps for kids in grades 2 - 8. We offer eight weeks of camp and have a new group of campers each week. Camps are from 9 am - 4 pm each day. Interns would be expected to attend Monday through Friday, a minimum of one week; additional weeks are negotiable. Interns assist the camp counselors, work with the campers on activities, accompany groups on field trips, prepare snacks each day, and other duties as assigned.
All internships are unpaid. Interns are responsible for their own transportation and lunch. If you are interested, please download the application form, fill it out, and mail it in along with a letter of interest. A Thurber House staff member will call or email you regarding your request.