Current Volunteer Opportunities

All opportunities listed are for current and registered Arboretum volunteers. A mandatory New Volunteer Orientation and Application 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!

 volunteer sitting at desk, sorting papers

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!

Online Event Data Entry

Tram Ticket Sales

Visitor Marketing Assistants

 

 

 

 volunteer helping boy in children's garden

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.

Savvy Administrative Superhero!

NEW! Apple Educator

Gratitude Giver

 

NEW! Incredible Edible Festival

Homeschool Marketing

 

 

 

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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.

MUNRO EXHIBIT

We invite you to find out more about this incredible exhibit by visiting Bruce Munro's website: Munro or by watching this amazing video about how art touches are lives in ways that we least expect it: Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek "Field of Light" moment

Lighting Assistant

Parking Attendant & Visitor Services

ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY to work with INTERNATIONAL ARTIST!! Exhibit Installation Specialists


GHOULS & GIGGLES Sunday Oct 23rd

Ghouls & Giggles Volunteers


 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!

NEW! Minor Bulb Planting

Prairie Restoration

NEW! Tulip Bulb Planting

Sunday Sensory Garden Volunteers

Learning Center Greenhouse 2016

Prairie & Trail Crew

 


2016 Chinese Garden and Harrison Sculpture Garden Crew

Japanese Garden Crew     

2016 Garden Crew - Annuals, Perrenials & Container Gardening

2016 Garden Crew - Roses, Azaleas, Home Demo Garden

Tree & Shrub Crew

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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. 

Wedding Set Up and Take Down (October 22nd has filled up)

Visitor Service Support

Apple Picking at the Horticultural Research Center (HRC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 - open to all volunteers

**Annual Appreciation Dinner** Spring - 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

University of Minnesota Policies & Resources

University of Minnesota Board of Regents Policy - Code of Conduct

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)

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)