The Cathedral treasures the multitude of volunteers who help make its services, programs, special events, tours and day-to-day operations possible.

Who may volunteer at the Cathedral?

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Volunteers serve in a range of areas and positions that require different skill sets and time commitments.

These positions are not ideal for completing community service hours or for short term volunteer service.

Mandatory training is provided for all positions prior to starting.

Volunteer Benefits

  • 10% discount on Cathedral Store purchases
  • Free parking (when available on volunteer day)
  • Preferred seating and passes for Christmas and Easter Services
  • Monthly Cathedral e-newsletter
  • Recognition at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Choral Evensong (with Reception)
  • Invitations to social events
  • Access to the Washington National Cathedral Archives (by appointment)
  • Complimentary subscription to Cathedral Age magazine
  • Free sightseeing admission (for yourself and up to 3 guests) during sightseeing hours

Current Volunteer Positions

Volunteers who Interact with Worshippers and Visitors

  • Docents
    Share the Cathedral with visitors from around the world. Present interpretive tours and answer questions about the art, architecture, mission, and history.
  • Cathedral Welcomers
    Primarily stationed in the lower level of the Cathedral (crypt level) to assist with wayfinding and provide additional information to visitors about the Cathedral’s art, architecture, mission, and history.
  • Special Events Ushers
    The Cathedral offers dozens of events each year including concerts, educational programs, lectures, and special worship services. Special Events Ushers welcome, direct, and seat guests, distribute tickets at Will Call, scan tickets upon entry, assist guests with accessibility needs, and take up the collection when applicable.
  • Sunday Ushers
    The Cathedral opens its doors every Sunday for weekly worship services, including an 11:15 am Holy Eucharist and 4 pm Choral Evensong. Sunday Ushers greet worshipers, distribute leaflets, take up the collection, and form communion lines when applicable. They seek to create a comfortable and welcoming environment that helps worshipers feel a sense of belonging within the Cathedral community.
  • Center for Prayer & Pilgrimage
    Staff this quiet, meditative space in the Cathedral and welcome visitors coming for prayer and reflection. Volunteers are also needed to help with programs and special events such Zoom programs, pilgrimages, and in-person retreats.

Volunteers who Work Behind the Scenes

  • Altar Guild (Linen & Silver)
    Help clean and polish silver and brass. Meets regularly on weekends.
  • Altar Guild (Liturgical Fabrics)
    Preserve fine altar cloths and garments with help of expert craftsmen and women.
  • Archives 
    Conduct historical research on the Cathedral and sort, inventory, and file records. An interest in U.S. and/or Episcopal history a plus. 
  • Bell Ringer
    Ring the ten English peal bells in the central tower on Sundays and for special occasions.

Are there any other ways to volunteer?

Members of the Cathedral Congregation also volunteer in various ways. Email to learn more.

I’m ready to become a Cathedral volunteer. What’s next?

Thank you for your interest. Please complete the Volunteer Application and a staff member will be in touch.

Volunteer Application



For any additional questions, please contact:

Angela Wilson
[email protected]

Current Volunteer Portal

Current Cathedral Volunteers may access the online portal below:

volunteer portal