Volunteers typically help in three major capacities: Education, Horticulture, and Operations. Please review the complete list below.
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Education Volunteer Positions
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.
Green Corps Volunteer Crew - Green thumbs interested in making Cleveland a healthier and more sustainable community are invited to work alongside Green Corps youth and Crew Leaders. More information available here.
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 – Deliver quality programs to grades pre-k through 12 during 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
Glow Holiday Show* - Share the magic of the holiday season by assisting families with gingerbread houses and shopping in Glow Village; boarding the Garden Train Express; and children’s crafts in Evergreen Adventures. Glow runs November 27, 2015 – January 3, 2016.
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.
Garden Store Retail Assistant* – Share your shopping enthusiasm by assisting guests in the Garden Store. Greet guests, keep merchandise organized, assist in pricing, and help staff bag purchases.
* 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. For more information please contact Sarah Hartley, Volunteer Coordinator, at email@example.com or 216.707.2822.