Thank you for your interest! We are grateful for your generosity.

As a Grotto volunteer you are part of a legacy to the Portland community and to our visitors from the global community. We hope that volunteer service here will bring you personal fulfillment.

General Volunteering: Click here to fill out our general volunteer form.

Christmas Festival of Lights Volunteering: Festival of Lights volunteer form. 

Group Volunteering at Festival of Lights: Festival of Lights GROUP volunteer form.

Volunteer opportunities include:

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights would not be possible with the help and support of hundreds of volunteers. Volunteers greet visitors, help in the gift shop, the food booth, the petting zoo, or assist in the hospitality kitchen. Most positions are outdoors where volunteers can enjoy the decorations, hear the music and interact with the guests, but some indoor positions are available.  Festival volunteer opportunities are wonderful for individuals, families, church communities, school groups, club members, and business groups.  Come volunteer with a friend or bring the whole family.  Most shifts are from 4:40-7:30 p.m., or from 7:15-10 p.m.  Many volunteers enjoy this event so much they sign up for multiple nights.

Visitor Center
Volunteers sell Upper Level Gardens admission, candles, and a limited number of items. The Visitor Center also serves as an information area. Weekend volunteers also serve as the receptionist for The Grotto. Two shifts are available daily: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and 1-5 p.m. Training is provided.

The Grotto Gift Shop
Volunteer duties include selling merchandise and Upper Level Gardens admission, stocking supplies, and assisting customers. Training is provided.

The Grotto Conference Center
In the Conference Center, volunteers help set up, serve and clean up catered events. Volunteers can also assist in the kitchen with food preparation. Dates and times vary.

Volunteers assist with various office duties, such as copying, sorting, data entry and receptionist. Morning and afternoon shifts are available Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to help maintain pathways, shrubs, flower beds and all paved areas. Duties include weeding, watering in summer, raking debris and cleaning pathways.

Tour Guides
Volunteer tour guides are needed throughout the year. Guides conduct walking tours of the upper and lower level grounds and provide a short history of The Grotto. The tour takes about one hour and covers a mile and a half stretch of gardens and pathways. Guides must have the ability to walk at a normal pace and work in various weather conditions. Training and materials are provided.

Special Events
The Grotto has special events throughout the year. The largest events include the Christmas Festival of Lights from late November throughout December, The Grotto Concert Series and various dinners held in The Grotto Conference Center.

Our continued success is in your volunteer hands. We’d love your help!

For more information about volunteering at The Grotto, please fill out the volunteer form, or contact our Volunteer Manager and Visitor Center Coordinator, Agnes Zueger, at or by calling 503-261-2433.