Current Opportunities









Glow – Cleveland Botanical Garden’s winter spectacular and one of Cleveland’s most celebrated holiday traditions – returns this holiday season. Glow transports our guests to a world full of seasonal cheer, where all-new wonders and returning traditions await.

Hundreds of volunteers are needed to make the magic happen at this annual event, in everything from set-up to tear-down. Glow volunteers who contribute over 16 hours receive two (2) complimentary passes to visit the Garden or Holden Arboretum! (Passes good from January-October of the following year.) Student volunteers (age 15+) are welcome! *

The volunteer opportunities we have for this year’s exciting Glow event include:

Glow 2019 Volunteer Positions

Guest Greeter – Greeters help with welcoming guests, providing directions and maps, and offering to take photos of families in the lobby and at various photo stations. Guest Greeters need to be friendly, comfortable with initiating conversation, knowledgeable about the Botanical Garden campus, and able to stand for extended periods.

Clark Hall Activity Assistant* – Clark Hall will become a magical place for children and families to explore, learn, and play during Glow. Activity Assistants will assist families as they create their own Gingerbread Houses, engage children in educational crafts, and help keep play areas tidy and clean.

Hershey Children’s Garden Outdoor Activity Assistant* – Once again, our Hershey Children’s Garden will be open to guests on select dates during Glow! Volunteers who enjoy being outside are needed for short shifts as Activity Assistants to help with roasting marshmallows and assisting with outdoor crafts and activities.

Gnome Nook Craft Leader – Our “Kid’s Nook” area will be an extension of the newly-themed biome experience, where kids of all ages will enjoy a “Gnome Home” seek-and-find! On select days, special guided crafts will be offered in the Gnome Nook. Volunteers in this area must be 18 or over and have a current background check on file with Holden Forests & Gardens.

Pending – Adult Gingerbread House Workshop Assistant* – In addition to the ongoing Gingerbread House-making in Clark Hall for families (see “Clark Hall Activity Assistant,” above), this year’s Glow will feature additional Gingerbread workshops for adults, featuring hand-crafted gingerbread and special holiday beverages.

Special Event Positions – Glow features a number of special events and special days that make the Glow experience even more exciting for our guests! These include our Breakfast with Santa events, Holiday CircleFest, Members’ Night, Sensory and Mobility Friendly Days, Munchkins & Mimosas, and more!

Glow Set-Up* – It takes a village to create Glow Village! Starting in November, individuals and groups can make the magic happen by helping us string miles of holiday lights, set up Gingerbread displays, paint and assemble shelving units, organize and prepare children’s crafts and activities, and more! A fun and community-building volunteer opportunity for groups and families with teens ages 15 and up. Set-up volunteers may need to walk, lift up to 20 lbs, bend/stoop, use basic tools, and work outside.

Glow Tear-Down* – Join us for the after-Glow-party as we dismantle decorations, sort lights, organize supplies, clean up and put everything away until next year. A fun and community-building volunteer opportunity for groups and families with teens ages 15 and up. Tear-down volunteers must be adaptable and open to helping however needed. Volunteers should be able to walk, lift up to 20 lbs, bend/stoop, use basic tools (broom, rake, screwdriver, etc.), and work outside. Tear-down volunteers may assist in taking down outside and inside lights and should be comfortable working outside and using ladders/stepstools.

* In addition to adult volunteers, we will also accept teen volunteers ages 15 and up in these positions.

Interested? Volunteers ages 18 and up can complete our online adult Individual Volunteer Application here. Teen volunteers can have a parent or guardian complete our Teen Volunteer Application. Further information, training materials, and details will be provided upon receipt of your application.  

For more information or requests for group volunteer activities, please contact us at [email protected] or 216.707.2822. 

View volunteer opportunities at the Holden Arboretum here