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 "I've gained valuable experience interacting with the public in a professional way...whether it was relating factual information to visitors at a special event or playing a scripted role in a holiday production."

Kelson, Student Historian 2013-2014 year

“The Ephrata Cloister gives me the opportunity to volunteer in a beautiful, historic environment with friendly, knowledgeable, and dedicated people. I have flexibility and truly enjoy meeting a wide variety of curious visitors.”
- Joe Flasher

Our warm and friendly spirit at the Ephrata Cloister began with the charity and welcoming efforts of the 18th century Sisters, Brothers, and Householder commmunity members. It continues today where their history lives on because of our volunteers.

We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities

  • Tour Guide
  • Museum Store Assistant
  • School Program & Historic Demonstrators
  • Visitor Services / Front Desk Associate
  • Chorus Member
  • Landscape/Gardeners
  • Museum Store Sales Associates
  • Special Events Assistants including Event Rental and Wedding Assistants
  • Library & Collection Volunteers

To learn more about volunteering at the Historic Ephrata Cloister contact us at 717-733-6600 or Ephrata1732@gmail.com. For inquiries into our internship program, please direct correspondence to Elizabeth Bertheaud, Site Administrator.

2015 VOLUNTEER REQUIRED FORMS & POLICIES

2016 Volunteer Handbook & Policies including disclosure statement and whistleblower policy
2016 General Application Form for Prospective Volunteers
2016/17 Student Historian Application/Youth Volunteers

University Students are welcome throughout the year to serve as spring, summer, and fall interns at the Historic Ephrata Cloister. We are delighted to customize your spring and fall internship experience based upon your academic and professional needs. Our summer internship is exploratory; students develop visitor services and public speaking skills through managing our front desk and providing regular tours. The summer experience culmulates in a project that serves an educational or collections need. Please email or call us at Ephrata1732@gmail.com; direct correspondence to Elizabeth Bertheaud, Site Administrator.

Corporate and Non Profit Organizations are welcome to contact us. We provide opportunities for corporate volunteer teams, return to work programs, and serve as a work site for adults with special needs. Please email or call us at Ephrata1732@gmail.com; direct correspondence to Rebecca Lawrence, Museum Program & Volunteer Facilitator.

Teens are encouraged to join our Student Historian program, an after school program that teaches interpretive skills, engages creative practices in arts, history, and theater, and assists with special events year round. Teens 14 through age 18 are permitted to enroll for a $15 annual membership fee. For more, contact Rebecca Lawrence, c-rlawrenc@pa.gov or download our Student Historian membership application.

Our volunteer program of the Ephrata Cloister Associates strives to abide by the mission of the Historic Ephrata Cloister, the Code of Ethics set forth by the American Alliance of Museums (2000), and the Standards and Best Practices of the American Association for Museum Volunteers (2012).


Ephrata Cloister
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600
Ephrata1732@gmail.com