Volunteer and be the change!

Join us to be a catalyst for transformation and positive change in our communities and the natural world. Our commitment to social and ecological resilience is powered by passionate volunteers like you.

Why volunteer with us

Your involvement supports sustainability initiatives, positioning you at the forefront of efforts to preserve biodiversity and cultural richness. By nurturing our gardens, fields, and natural habitats, you play a vital role in safeguarding the well-being of our local ecosystems and fostering a healthier environment for all. Immerse yourself in the beauty of our gardens and arboretum while actively participating in their care and conservation, engaging directly with nature.

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The details

Some opportunities require additional training, background checks, and kick-off sessions throughout the year. An opportunity you may have an interest in might not be currently recruiting or the training has passed. Thank you for understanding that our volunteer needs fluctuate with the seasons and organizational priorities.

Please note: Volunteers who are part of the docent team and any Gaffield Children’s Garden roles will need to have a background check conducted prior to starting their first shift and every 2 years thereafter.

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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers embark on fulfilling experiences that play a pivotal role in advancing sustainability, education, and the overall well-being of our community. Whether it's nurturing our gardens or leading educational programs, each role serves as a vital cornerstone in our mission.

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Monthly Eco Workdays target invasive plant removal in our natural areas at the Arb and Gardens.

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Special Events & Plant Sales

Special events and plant sales occur in May, June, September, and October. Roles include greeters, sale assistants, ushers, and activity aides.

Other Opportunities

Although these positions aren't currently recruiting volunteers, they highlight crucial roles contributing to our mission. Take a look to see how volunteers make an impact. We will update this section when these roles open up. Thank you for your interest in making a difference with us!

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Conservatory Ambassadors

Ambassadors greet visitors at the Conservatory, guiding and sharing information about our winter programs and spaces

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Conservatory & Collections Care

Activities include weeding, pruning, seasonal plantings, signage care, and other horticulture work. These specialized opportunities are often limited.

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Docent Volunteer Educator

Lead engaging nature programs for K-12 students, fostering environmental love through immersive education.

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Natural Areas Generalist

Support maintaining natural areas, aiding ecological restoration to reduce invasives and boost native plants.

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Outdoor Garden Teams

Activities include weeding, pruning, planting, and other seasonal garden maintenance on pre-determined work days. A spring kick-off and orientation is required.

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Wednesday Evening Garden Workdays

Spend an evening with us weeding, doing some plantings, meeting staff and fellow volunteers, and learning a thing or two about the focal garden.