Group photo of Volunteers on their Docent Appreciation Trip

Volunteer FAQs

What is the time commitment?

Volunteers need to conduct a minimum of 12 tours annually to ensure being in “active” status.

What are the State House's current Covid-19 protocols?

As of March 22, 2022 all Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted from the State House Complex. Click here for details.

Is there parking?

Volunteers have assigned courtesy parking spaces on level 3 of the capitol parking garage. Additional spaces are available in visitor parking.

What is the training process?

In on-site sessions, volunteers learn tour content and how to engage visitors, followed by shadowing professional guides. Tour staff will accompany volunteers on their initial attempts and periodically thereafter in order to provide constructive feedback. Volunteers may also attend classes to become Make-A-Law! program facilitators.

How big is the volunteer program?

We typically have approximately 20-25 members in our community volunteer corps.

Is there a uniform?

No. Volunteers are to present themselves in appropriate business casual attire, have comfortable walking shoes, and wear an official identification badge when in the Capitol Complex.

Who runs the Tour Program?

The State House Tour Program operates under the auspices of the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services’ Office of Public Information, which prides itself on providing accurate and unbiased information pertaining to the New Jersey Legislature.

What does it mean to be non-partisan?

Volunteers for the Office of Legislative Services are to refrain from activity which gives the appearance of partiality to a political party, candidate or pending public policy initiative.