Volunteer Options

More information

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities contact:

Larinda Smith
Volunteer Coordinator
3220 Rock Springs Road
Fort Worth, TX 76107
817.392.5543 fax: 817.392.5549
Larinda.Smith@fortworthtexas.gov


All new volunteers need to read through our Volunteer Handbook.  Click HERE for an on-line version.

 

Great questions to ask yourself before volunteering at any organization:

1)  What am I looking to gain from this experience?

2)  Will my volunteering affect my other commitments?

3)  How much time do I have to volunteer?

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ThankEnter Volunteer Hours you for your interest in volunteering at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.  Volunteering at the Garden is a great way to give back to your community, meet new people and share your love of the outdoors with others.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Botanic Garden volunteer team, click here to email the Volunteer Coordinator directly or copy and paste the following information into a document or e-mail, complete the answers and send it to the Volunteer Coordinator via email, mail or fax.

Name:

Email/Address:

Phone Number:

Today’s Date:

Are you over the age of 14?  (Please note if you are between the ages of 14 – 16 years)

Briefly describe why you want to volunteer at the Garden?

What days and times are you available to volunteer?

Which Volunteer Orientation are you available to attend?

Contact information for the Volunteer Coordinator is found in the top right corner of this page.  Once your completed information has been received, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to get scheduled for a Volunteer Orientation.  Please be patient, the process of becoming a member of the Garden’s Volunteer team takes time.  (Students completing hours for school and Groups participating in a one-day service project DO NOT need to attend an Orientation.)

Upcoming 2015 Volunteer Orientation:

Tuesday, September 1       10 a.m. – 11 a.m. (Optional Tour from 11 a.m. – Noon)           Garden Center Trellis Room (LAST ONE OF 2015!)

2016 Volunteer Orientations:

Saturday, January 23, 2016          1 p.m. – 4 p.m.              Garden Center Azalea Room

Thursday, July 7, 2016                   6 p.m. – 9 p.m.              Garden Center Azalea Room

Established Volunteers: Most volunteer opportunities are weekdays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Due to minimal staffing on weekends, the weekend opportunities only include occasional special events or volunteering twice a month with the Weekend Volunteer Crew.  Volunteers must be a minimum of 14 years old and accompanied by a guardian if younger than 16.  During Volunteer Orientation, you will learn about the various areas of the Garden that need volunteers and what those opportunities would include.

Student Volunteers:  If you need to complete volunteer hours for school credit, we need at least 2 weeks notice before your intended start date.  Your hours can be obtained over multiple days, during our regular working hours (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.).  However, please be aware the only weekend volunteer opportunities are during special events during March, April and October.  Due to staff leaving at 4 p.m., there are no after-school opportunities.  Contact the Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

Family Opportunities:  We encourage families with kids under the age of 14 to participate in our Family Discovery programs.  This once a month opportunity is held on a weekday in our Children’s Vegetable Garden.  This experience combines working and learning.

 

OPPORTUNITIES

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Gardening
Get your hands dirty in one of our 23 specialty gardens. This opportunity includes pulling weeds, pruning, watering, mulching and the occassional planting of new plants.
Group Projects
Schedule your corporate group, youth group or service organization and assist with a gardening project or Garden event. We can accommodate a maximum of 30 volunteers during a group project.
Administration
This is a great opportunity for those who enjoy a desk more than digging in the dirt. This position includes computer work, greeting visitors, answering phones and paperwork.
Special events
This opportunity is available for long-term or short-term volunteers. Assist with crowd monitoring or crafts at the fall or spring Japanese Garden Festivals or work among the butterflies at our next Butterflies in the Garden during spring 2014.
Education
Do you enjoy working with kids? Help assist or teach in our school education programs or one of our Green Thumb Club activities.
Gift Shop Associate
Meet visitors from around the world as you help them find that special souvenir or gift. Assist with inventory, displaying new items and cleaning.