Enjoy gardening, or would like to learn more about new plants? Have fun getting dirty while assisting the Horticulture Department! Year-round opportunities include working in the tropical plant collections, botanical gardens, the Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Garden Campus or downtown at the Columbus Commons. Volunteers work in a group setting alongside staff. Having a green thumb is not a prerequisite!
Mallway Group: The Conservatory is seeking volunteers to work in the Cascades and Grand Mallway to help elevate the level of horticulture in those areas.
The group meets on Tuesdays, 9am–12pm.
Share your enthusiasm and knowledge with an audience of all ages and foster a love and appreciation of nature in others. Opportunities include leading elementary school tours and Pre-K classes and assisting with arts and nature-based family programs. Volunteers are currently needed to assist with summer camps June–August. A background in education is not required, just a fun, positive attitude!
Educate visitors about the colorful, exotic butterflies during the annual Blooms & Butterflies exhibition (March–August). Assist with other art and nature related exhibitions on view at the Conservatory throughout the year.
Are you a “people person”? Share your enthusiasm for the Conservatory and train to be an Interpretive Guide. Volunteers are needed to lead adult group tours and act as interpreters for exhibitions and special engagements. Training consists of a series of classes that include in-depth information on the Conservatory’s history, plant and art collections, and tour logistics. No teaching background necessary, but must have great communication skills and a strong interest in sharing knowledge.