Garden volunteers are special people. They care. They have a sense of commitment to something greater than their own personal needs. They have a direct impact on achieving the mission and goals of the Garden. We recognize that our volunteers provide the Garden with a resource of talent that is unavailable in any other way. The Garden values this contribution and hopes to offer each volunteer a satisfying, productive, and rewarding experience.

Take action to bring more significance to your daily life. Become a part of a vital volunteer community. See a list of current Volunteer Opportunities.

Check back often for other opportunities that may become available in:

  • Butterfly House
  • Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development
  • Center for Plant Conservation
  • Communications
  • Controller's Office
  • EarthWays Center
  • General Services
  • Horticulture
  • Human Resources 
  • Information Technology
  • Institutional Advancement
  • Litzsinger Road Ecology Center
  • President's Office
  • Retail
  • Science and Conservation
  • Shaw Nature Reserve
  • Special Events
  • Sustainability
  • Visitor Services

In the meantime we want to get you involved. Contact the Volunteer Program Office to explore all volunteer opportunities.

Please complete an application to be considered for a volunteer assignment and we will contact you.

View our online gallery of volunteer photos at Flickr.


  • I want to make a difference to young people and their appreciation of the environment.
    Nancy, 10-year volunteer
  • It's a worthwhile use of my free time, and fun besides!
    Jean, 4-year volunteer
  • The Garden gives back so much to the community and world that I am privileged to be part of it.
    Bob, 7-year volunteer

  • I get a great deal of satisfaction giving some of my time and labor to my community, so others can enjoy the wonders and beauty of beautiful plants, flowers and butterflies.
    Robin, 3-year voluteer

  • I love the natural world and I especially enjoy sharing it with children. Also, over the years I've learned to know and really care for the people on the staff.
    Marilyn, 11-year volunteer

  • Of the tremendous satisfaction it generates and the many marvelous friends I meet.
    Charlie, 8-year volunteer