Current Volunteer Opportunities

All opportunities listed are for current and registered Arboretum volunteers. A mandatory New Volunteer Orientation and qualification process is required before pursuing any opportunity. Learn more and sign up.

All volunteers will also receive a Volunteer News enewsletter on the first Wednesday of every month. During our busiest months, you will get a mid-month update as well. This newsletter is your source for important updates and announcements, hearing about new opportunities, special perks, and more!

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CLERICAL
If you enjoy administrative tasks and need flexibility, sign up to help our office staff. We have many opportunities in various departments helping staff do such things as data input, mailings, reception duties, note takers, and many more!

Oswald Visitor Center

NEW! Tram Ticket Sales


Development

Development Assistant

Raiser's Edge Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

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EDUCATION
The Education Department is always looking for fun and energetic volunteers to join the team. Volunteer Opportunities include: Learning Center Instructors, Office Assistants, Class Registrars, Green House Maintenance Crew, Family Program Assistants, Summer Garden Assistants, Technology Team, and Special Projects/Events.

NEW! Apple Tasting Events for the Public

NEW! Plant Maker Studio - Cattail Creations

NEW! Fall in the Forest - Training for Volunteer Instructors

NEW! Youth Education Volunteer Instructor

NEW! Pollinator Superheroes - Fall Field Trip Training for Volunteer Instructors

NEW! Monarchs and Milkweed - Training for Volunteer Instructors

NEW! It's a Pumpkin's Life - Training for Volunteer Instructors

NEW! Incredible Edible Festival - Training for Volunteer Instructors

 

 

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EVENTS & EXHIBITS
Our events and exhibits are a fun way for visitors and volunteers to enjoy the Arboretum. Each event or exhibit has a number of different volunteer roles that are integral to the success! Annual events include the Pancake Brunch, Gala in the Gardens and Toast & Taste. Other smaller events and seasonal events take place throughout the year. Exhibits are typically during the late Spring and Summer months and change yearly.

NEW and Revised Ghouls and Giggles October 22nd

NEW! Harvest Hustle 5K, October 1st

 

NEW! Fall Harvest Festival, September 30th

Apple Tasting Sampler Sept. 30th


 volunteers helping with spring garden clean up

GARDEN CREW
Have fun digging in the dirt and learning from experienced landscape gardeners. Each crew has different shifts and works in different areas of the garden, so there is something for everyone. Experience level of volunteers range from novice to expert, so come ready to learn and get your hands in the dirt!

Roses, Azeleas, Home Demo Gardens with Ted Pew - Help needed Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings

Tree & Shrub Crew with Jeffrey Johnson

Annual/Perennial and Container Gardens with Duane Otto

Chinese Garden/Harrison Sculpture Garden with Erik Lemke

Japanese Garden with Mary Bigelow

Sunday Sensory Garden with Mary Bigelow

Native Area Restoration


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SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS
The Arboretum is always looking for people with all types of skill sets for special assignments. If you're interested in doing something different, check out this category for the more unique volunteer opportunities. 

NEW! Back Shop Assistant

NEW! Scarecrow Builders


 

Horticultural Research Center

Annual Fall Pumpkin Harvest

Plant Risk Evaluation Research

Shrub Trial Data Collection


 

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GROUP/ONE-TIME/CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING
If you have interest in planning a group, one time, or corporate volunteer opportunity at the Arboretum, please send your requests to the Volunteer Center Manager at arbvol@umn.edu.

See the work accomplished by some of our group and corporate volunteers!


VOLUNTEER CENTER INFORMATION

*General Hours Monday - Friday 10am - 3pm

*Hours Subject to Change 

Email arbvol@umn.edu  

Phone 612-301-1203

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION EVENTS
These events are for current and active Arboretum volunteers and are by invite only.

**Annual Appreciation BBQ** Summer/Fall - September 12th 2017 open to all volunteers

**Annual Appreciation Dinner** Spring of 2018 Date TBD - Invitation only based on hours volunteered

*RSVP required for appreciation events by deadline on invitations. RSVP by email to arbvol@umn.edu or by calling 612 625-9987 You may bring a guest.  When you make your reservation, please indicate if you are coming with a guest.

VOLUNTEER RESOURCES, POLICIES & DOCUMENTS

Membership - All members have access to becoming a volunteer

Become a member of the Arboretum today

University of Minnesota Policies & Resources

University of Minnesota Board of Regents Policy - Code of Conduct

Standards of Behavior

Volunteer Statement of Inclusion

University of Minnesota Equity and Diversity Framework

University of Minnesota - Safety of Minors Policy

University of Minnesota - Safety of Minors Training Module

Expectations for Interacting with Youth (PDF alternative to SOM Training Module)

Membership

Arboretum Volunteer Policies & Procedures

Arboretum Volunteer Background Check Policy

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Covered in the Background Check

Arboretum Policies & Procedures for Recording Volunteer Hours

Arboretum Volunteer - Additional Resources

Volunteer Voucher & Reward System

Volunteer Voucher Donation

New Volunteer Fact Sheet

Emergency Preparedness for Volunteers

VOLUNTEER STORE

Purchase a Replacement Name Tag $10 (Exisiting Volunteers)

Order a Background Check  (Existing Volunteers) You must also download a copy of a Summary of Rights

Purchase a New Volunteer Package $40 (New Volunteers)