Be a Holiday Host at Pittock Mansion



Time Commitment

A few hours per month


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


3229 NW Pittock Dr.
United States


Interested in history and sharing one of Portland's premier attractions? Pittock Mansion is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to greet visitors in the Mansion during the Holiday season.

Mansion Host Description: Mansion Hosts sit in or circulate through the Mansion, greet visitors, and answer questions about the Mansion for the visitors. Volunteers will use the Guide's Guide and room descriptions for reference. Mansion Hosts also assist visitors in operating the original Otis elevator.

Impact: Mansion hosts actively support the Mansion’s mission to inspire understanding and stewardship to Portland history through Pittock Mansion, its collections, and programs.

Training: All volunteers must submit a volunteer application, complete a background check consent form, and attend a 2-training.

Commitment: Pittock Mansion is open from 10am-4pm from November 19-December 31 (closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas). We ask that volunteers arrive between 10am and 12pm, and stay for a 4-hour shift. There isn’t a maximum or a minimum number of shifts a volunteer must sign up for—schedules are flexible.

Information about the Holidays at Pittock Mansion: Enjoy the wonders of the season at Pittock Mansion’s annual holiday display, a Portland tradition for over 50 years. Volunteers and profressional designers transform the Mansion into a holiday wonderland. This year, the theme is hobbies and pastimes such as stamp collecting, gardening, and the opera. 

How to Apply: Please contact Kyla Foster at or (503) 823-3587.

Note: All floors of Pittock Mansion are elevator accessible to those able to transfer to a manual/push wheelchair. The 1913 elevator cannot accommodate powered chairs or scooters, due to its size and weight limitations. 

History of the Mansion and Pittock Family: Pittock Mansion was built in 1914 for one of the Oregon’s most influential families, and it’s filled with rich history and remarkable stories. The Mansion is known for its architectural and technological prowess—original Otis elevator, central vacuum cleaning system, dumbwaiter, and thermostat-controlled central heating.

In 1853, Henry Pittock arrived in Portland “barefooted and without a cent.” By 1860, Mr. Pittock had moved his way up as a typesetter to the owner of The Oregonian newspaper. Portland’s history is reflected in the unique lives of the Pittocks whose work, interests, and life stories still influence Portlanders today. Henry and Georgiana Pittock were activists, community builders, and lovers of the outdoors. Henry Pittock helped establish the Portland Rose Festival, the Mazamas climbing club, and the Oregon Riding Club. Georgiana Pittock was a gifted fundraiser for the Ladies Relief Society, Portland Women’s Union, and helped found the Portland Rose Society, holding the first rose show at her downtown home in 1889.  


  • Training Provided


  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Please contact Kyla Foster at or (503) 823-3587.