Volunteer Opportunities

We need your help! Experience the pleasure and camaraderie of volunteering at Graycliff. Use your unique skills…or develop some new ones while helping to preserve and restore an architectural masterpiece.

If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know!

Here are a few options…or suggest your own:


Tour Cropped Schultz Met anyone interesting lately?  Graycliff docents certainly have.  They meet people from across the country, around the world and from their own backyards, too.  Graycliff docents learn about Wright’s architecture, the history of Graycliff, and more…as well as presentation tips and techniques, through docent education offered each spring.  

Each Graycliff tour is led by a volunteer docent, or tour guide—and a prime reason why more visitors arrive each year—through word of mouth about our stellar Docents.

Graycliff  docent training includes lectures and practice sessions on Graycliff's architecture and history, basic skills as a guide, and, not least of all, instills confidence.  

We cordially invite you to join us in introducing Graycliff to our own community, and to the world.

If you are fluent in a language in addition to English, we would particularly appreciate your help!

If you are already a docent at another organization, even better! Docents make the best docents. We invite you to think about giving tours of Graycliff as well. You will find Graycliff’s architecture to be fascinating, and at the same time, you will be able to direct visitors to other sites who otherwise might have missed them.

Graycliff offers free Docent training every spring, on six Saturday mornings. Do let us know if you are interested.

The Green Team  

Green Team RakerEnjoy nature and help restore a historic landmark--all at the same time! Join Graycliff's Green Team of gardeners and grounds keepers to help keep our 8.04 acres of grounds and gardens attractive to visitors from throughout the world. Help us preserve and maintain the gracious park-like setting of this magnificent jewel on the lake. Lovely location on a bluff high above Lake Erie in a country-like setting, yet only 20 minutes from downtown Buffalo. Your help will be appreciated whether you like to work with others, or if you prefer to enjoy  nature as you volunteer in a quiet corner of the estate.

Expertise in gardening appreciated, but not necessary. There are many different tasks to be done in maintaining our extensive grounds, ranging from equipment repair to digging to weeding to trimming. Whatever your interests or skills, if you enjoy the out-of-doors and fresh air, come give us a hand.

Pavilion Volunteer  

Do you enjoy working with people? Pavilion volunteers send out mailings, take tour reservations, answer questions about tours and directions, and just generally welcome and assist our many visitors. Come join our happy team! We especially appreciate those who can give a few hours each week.



Gift Shop Volunteer  

Marion Schmidt, Volunteer, Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff Estate

If you have a background in retail, our visitors would appreciate your help with gift shop purchases and answering questions, and cheerful suggestions.


Frank's Force

         A SWAT team that meets 3 or 4 times a year to tackle projects out-of-doors, from removing trees downed by storms, to parking lot improvements, to moving compost, to pond projects.  If you like to work outside, and can give a few hours at a time, this is the team for you


Historic House Team  

If you've been keeping house for many years, you might have just the right skills to help restore and maintain Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff. Our historic buildings need tender loving care, and your assistance in dusting, vacuuming and the like would be greatly appreciated. Adopt a room or two, or just come in periodically and see what seems to need tidying!

Special Events

If you like people and are willing to lend a hand, help out at a special event at Graycliff or in the community.  These activities are often on weekends or early evenings, so these fun activities might fit perfectly with your schedule.

Special event volunteer