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. You'll get important updates and announcements, hear about new opportunities, be privy to special perks and more!

 volunteer sitting at desk, sorting papers

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!

Creative Admin Assistant - Education Dept.

Project Assistant - Donor and Corporate Relations


Visitor Marketing Assistants

Pinterest Project Assistants - Marketing Dept.

 volunteer helping boy in children's garden

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.

Urban Children's Garden - Summer 2014

Guided Adventures Instructor - Summer 2014

 New Volunteer Orientations - Volunteer Speakers - 2014

Education Web Marketing Team

Weekend Family Programs - Summer 2014

Andersen Library Story Time Volunteers - 2014

Weekend Family Programs - Spring 2014




 volunteers helping at a fundraiser event

Our events are a fun way for visitors and volunteers to enjoy the Arboretum. Each event has a number of different volunteer roles that are integral to success of the event. Annual events include the Pancake Brunch, Gala in the Gardens and Toast & Taste. Look through the Events Calendar for upcoming opportunities.

Gala in the Gardens September 10, 2014

Art Crawl - Aug 16 & 17, 2014

Butterflies Exhibit Volunteers - May 17-Aug 17, 2014


 volunteers helping with spring garden clean up

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!

Conservatory Gardening Volunteers 2014

Grass Collection Volunters - Summer 2014

Prairie & Trail Crew

Tree & Shrub Crew

Strawberry Harvesting - St Paul Campus - Summer 2014

Japanese Garden Crew     

Garden Crew - Annuals, Perrenials & Container Gardening

Garden Crew - Roses, Azaleas, Home Demo Garden

 volunteer teaching

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. 

Education Dept Friendly Greeter and Class Sales Helper

Arboretum Gift Store Assistants - Spring/Summer 2014

Education - Class Catalog Business Friend

Education Class Catalog Distribution Manager

Struthers Parkinson's Center Garden Watering Summer 2014

OUTDOOR Information & Membership Kiosk Representatives

Endangered Species - Plant Monitoring Unit

Endangered Species - Seed Preservation Unit

Endangered Species - Pollinator Research Unit
 volunteers from Kohl's

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

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


Hours Tues., Wed. & Fri., 9 a.m.–4 p.m.


Phone 612-301-1203

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

*Volunteer Appreciation Event
April 29th, 2014 5-7pm, MacMillan Auditorium

*Volunteer BBQ
September 9th, 2014 5-7pm, Snyder Building

*RSVP required

Volunteer Voucher & Reward System

Volunteer Voucher Donation