Share your love of history and your talents in providing mansion & garden experiences, in hospitality & special events assistance, in gardening & conservation projects. Socialize with like-minded and learn more about Parkwood, built heritage, Sam McLaughlin’s life and accomplishments, family and social history of the early 20th century.

New volunteers are welcomed into the Parkwood NHS family in November & March of each year.  Applications received outside of these times will be saved on file until the date of our next recruitment open house. The volunteer opportunities which Parkwood offers are not suitable for Ontario high school graduation requirements.

Parkwood volunteers, 18 years of age+ provide a recent police background check (within the last 6 months), obtained at their own expense, & purchase an annual subscription to the Parkwood Foundation ($25 non voting member/$50 voting member). Presently, the Durham Regional Police Services requires a signed letter on Parkwood stationary for volunteers to purchase a police check, at the volunteer rate. This will be provided to you after your first meeting with our staff.

March 2017 Intake Volunteer Recruitment

Parkwood is currently recruiting volunteers for the following tasks:

  • Heritage Interpreters
    • Under the direction of the Curator, the Parkwood Heritage Interpreter will perform a variety of duties necessary for the effective presentation of the building and collections, and accommodation of tours, programs, rentals and special events.
  • Grounds Assistants- Wednesday mornings from 9am to NOON
    • Under the direction of the Greenhouse Grower, grounds assistant volunteers assist with various tasks of the Parkwood Grounds department, weeding, planting, watering, raking, etc.
  • Tearoom Attendants
    • Under the direction of the Service and Events Co-ordinator, the Tearoom Attendants will assist in a variety of ways, including making and serving refreshments, with the delivery of tearoom programs at Parkwood.


Contact us at for the full Parkwood volunteer package, along with task description on the area you are interested in assisting with.