Many people assume that volunteering at the Cleveland Botanical Garden primarily involves working with plants. However, we actually have a variety of volunteer opportunities that draw on the multiple talents, knowledge, and skills of our many volunteers.
Whether you are a novice or experienced gardener looking to work with plants, an outgoing or engaging communicator interested in working with people, a detail-oriented or “behind-the-scenes” person who enjoys working on programs, or an individual, family member, or group leader who just wants to help with a special event, we have a volunteer opportunity that will fit your interest and availability.
Just a few examples of the more than 80 different volunteer opportunities with Holden Forests & Gardens are provided below. For further information, please contact us at 216.707.2822 today!
Working with Plants
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.
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 at one of our urban learning farms where local students learn how to grow, harvest and sell fresh produce.. More information on the Green Corps program is available here.
ARBOR CARE – Assist in providing quality tree care and planting and in increasing public awareness and appreciation for sustainable urban forests in communities.
DAWN PATROL – Early risers assist with the daily preparations of the Glasshouse biomes by cleaning paths, watering plants, and preparing our indoor gardens for guests.
Working with People
SCHOOL or GROUP TOUR GUIDES – Facilitate learning through play by assisting with interactive programming for grades pre-k through 12, or serve as a Garden educator by providing informative tours to Garden guests and groups from all over the world.
GUEST SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE – Ignite excitement and wonder for guests by serving as a front-line ambassador to the Botanical Garden! Guest Service Representatives provide general directions and exhibit information, sell tickets and memberships, and interact with guests and families as they enjoy the Botanical Garden.
GARDEN STORE RETAIL ASSOCIATE – Share your shopping enthusiasm by assisting guests in the Garden Store. Greet guests, keep merchandise organized, assist in pricing, and help bag or gift-wrap purchases.
GARDEN or GLASSHOUSE INTERPRETER – Garden and Glasshouse Interpreters provide valuable information to our guests, fostering their further exploration of our many plants and animals through engaging, interactive presentations.
Working with Programs
LIBRARY AIDE – Assist librarian with general shelving as well as special projects including labeling, cataloguing, and archives.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE – Administrative and clerical volunteers provide much-needed assistance with data entry or filing, preparing mass mailings, making phone calls, creating project materials, registering tour groups, helping with projects, and more.
PLANT DOCUMENTATION RECORDER – Documentation Volunteers assist by providing important support in conducting inventory and mapping of plant collections and gardens.
Great for teen volunteers, groups, families or those just looking to help out periodically, our annual or one-time special events provide hundreds of volunteer opportunities for those interested in getting a “taste” of volunteering here at the Garden.
For more information or requests for group volunteer activities, please contact us at CBGvolunteer@holdenfg.org or 216.707.2822.
View volunteer opportunities at The Holden Arboretum here.