Mayslake Peabody Estate

Volunteer at Our Mayslake Peabody Estate

Mayslake Peabody Estate's volunteers assist our heritage interpreters teach about the majesty of Mayslake Hall, the former home of coal baron Francis Stuyvesant Peabody. Volunteer docents lead tours of the Tudor-revival-style building and describe life at the estate in the early 1920s. Research volunteers uncover exciting information about the Potawatomi, the Peabody family and the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor. Estate garden volunteers work to re-establish the lush grounds around the hall and maintain formal landscaping.

Contribute to the cultural and historical significance of the hall and surrounding forest preserve, and be a Mayslake volunteer. For information about volunteering, contact Volunteer Services at 630-933-7233 or volunteer@dupageforest.org.

Mayslake Peabody Estate is located at Mayslake Forest Preserve in Oak Brook.

 

Purpose

The Forest Preserve District's Volunteer Services program is to engage volunteers who are willing to donate their time, talents and resources to support the programs and staff in carrying out the mission, purpose and guiding principles of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and its various volunteer programs. 

 

Caretaker

Commitment: Flexible (6 hours/month)
Location:  Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook IL
Minimum Age: 18
Application Deadline: None

Distinguishing Features of the Position

Assist staff in cleaning and performing minor maintenance/repairs of Mayslake Peabody Estate using proper methods, materials and equipment. Volunteer may occasionally interact with the public and respond to questions and requests for information. Duties may vary at the discretion of District staff. Direction and training is received from staff. View full position description (PDF).

 

Estate Gardener

Commitment: Seasonal (April – October, 6 hours/month)
Location: Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook IL
Minimum Age: 18
Application Deadline: None

Distinguishing Features of the Position

Assist staff in caring for the gardens on site while providing a safe, informative and enjoyable experience for visitors. Duties may vary at the discretion of District staff. The volunteer will sometimes interact with the public and respond to questions and requests for information. Direction and training is received from staff. View full position description (PDF).

 

Historical Researcher

Commitment: Flexible (6 hours/month)
Location: Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook IL
Minimum Age: 18
Application Deadline: None

Distinguishing Features of the Position

Assist staff in researching information related to the site and presenting this information. Duties may vary at the discretion of District staff. The volunteer may occasionally interact with the public and respond to questions and requests for information. Direction and training is received from staff. View full position description (PDF).

 

Program Assistant

Commitment: Flexible (12 hours/year)
Location: Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook IL
Minimum Age: 18
Application Deadline: None

Distinguishing Features of the Position

Assist staff in promoting and presenting cultural or natural resource interpretive/educational programs to the public at Mayslake Peabody Estate and representing Mayslake at various District programs and facilities. Duties may vary at the discretion of District staff. The volunteer may occasionally interact with the public and respond to questions and requests for information. Direction and training is received from staff. View full position description (PDF).