Volunteers typically help in three major capacities: Education, Horticulture, and Operations. Please review the complete list below.
Apply Today! Upon receipt of your completed application you will be contacted regarding next steps.
Education Volunteer Positions
Academic Program Docent – Deliver quality programs to grades pre-k through 12 during planned school visits.
Glasshouse Interpreter Docent – Enhance visitor’s experience by facilitating their interaction with the plants and animals of our two biomes, Madagascar and Costa Rica.
Group/Public Tour Guide Docent – Serve as an ambassador to the Garden by hosting groups from all over and provide informative tours.
Hershey Children’s Garden Volunteer* – Facilitate learning through play by assisting with interactive programming and visitor assistance; some garden maintenance may be included.
Library Aide – Assist librarian with general shelving and shifting of books, and special projects including labeling, cataloguing, and archives.
School Group Volunteer – Assist staff and docents with programs for our pre-k through 12 planned school visits.
Horticulture Volunteer Positions
Animal Care Volunteer – Befriend and assist with the daily care of exotic animals and insects from Madagascar and Costa Rica.
Garden Plant Care Assistant – Help keep our urban gem spectacular by assisting the horticulture staff with the daily activities and gardening procedures throughout the grounds.
Glasshouse Horticulture Volunteer – Create a wondrous no-travel trip to Madagascar and Costa Rica for our guests by assisting with all aspects of plant care in our two biomes.
Operations Volunteer Positions
Retail Support Volunteer *– Serve amongst the most beautiful botanic inspired gifts for home, garden, and bath by assisting with various support operations in our Garden Store.
Visitor Services Representative *– Ignite excitement and wonder for guests by serving as greeter and ambassador to the Garden.
Public Programs Volunteer – Make plants and horticulture interesting, fun, and relatable to the public by assisting with a variety of public programming opportunities at the Garden and offsite.
Office Support Volunteer – Support the Garden’s mission virtually or onsite by assisting with daily administrative tasks and special projects.
* In addition to adult volunteers, we will also accept teen volunteers in these positions.
To get started as a Cleveland Botanical Garden volunteer please complete the volunteer application. Upon receipt of your volunteer application you will be contacted regarding next steps. For more information please contact Jeanette Savage, Volunteer Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216.707.2822.