Becoming a volunteer

Cleveland Botanical Garden’s mission is to spark a passion for plants.  We do this by having beautiful gardens and creating a welcoming environment to learn in and enjoy.  Individual volunteers help us in three main ways to carry out this mission and group volunteers help us in two primary ways.  

Easy As 1-2-3

Regardless of whether you’re beginning your volunteer journey with the Garden as an individual or as a part of a group:

First, complete an individual application or group interest form to indicate your interest, availability, and service preference.

Second, current volunteer opportunities are discussed to determine the best fit with your interests and qualifications and the Garden’s needs.

Third, the orientation is conducted and you either get started volunteering in a position with on-the-job training or you begin training for your volunteer position.  

Individual Volunteers

Though you join our Garden volunteer family individually, opportunities abound to meet others – guests, staff, and other volunteers – who share similar interests. Individual volunteer assignments are categorized as:

Horticultural – volunteers who choose to serve in this group offering affectionately “play in the dirt” with us. They help to maintain our outdoor gardens and our two exotic biomes – Madagascar and Costa Rica. These are the volunteers that may also choose to learn about and assist with the daily care of our fascinating animals, insects, and ever popular butterflies.

Educational – volunteers lending their talents in this area make Cleveland Botanical Garden an enjoyable place to learn – sometimes without the guests even realizing it. Volunteers offer informational tours, others facilitate learning through play, while others choose to be a walking resource for guests and serve to make the people-to-plant connection.

Operational – volunteers giving of themselves in these types of positions help keep the Garden running smoothly while also making it an enjoyable place to be. These volunteers serve as ambassadors while greeting guest, help friends new and old find the perfect gift in the garden store, help with special events, and assist with office work.

For a complete list volunteer positions click here.

Group Volunteers

Group volunteers serve together for several reasons, teambuilding, networking, shared interest, alternative entertainment, etc. Regardless of your reason, we’re glad you’re considering the Garden. Group volunteers help in these ways:

Horticultural – Late-March through October groups large and small can help with a variety of garden maintenance tasks and activities – watering, weeding, raking, building beds, planting, mulching, and more! These projects are ideal for groups willing to work hard, get a little dirty and have fun. They take place at our main campus and at our Green Corps sites.

Special Events – groups of friends and colleagues are able to create lasting memories while assisting the Garden with annual seasonal events that celebrate nature and gardens and the experiences people have in them. Volunteers help with crafts, games, greeting people and more! Ideal for groups with members that like working with the public and want to have fun while doing so.

Complete the group interest form today!