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!

Marketing Department: 3 Volunteer Positions -2015

Day Camp Clerical Marketing Assistant

Group Tours Clerical Marketing Assistant

Preschool & ECFE Clerical Marketing Assistant

Membership Dept Clerical Assitants - Mailings 2015

Project Assistant - Donor and Corporate Relations


Home School Clerical Marketing Assistant

Meetup Group Clerical Marketing Assistant

Visitor Marketing Assistants

Data Entry Assistants - Visitor Survey, 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.

Spring 2015 Field Trip Instructors

Maple Syrup Time Field Trip Instructors 2015


Let's Talk Plant's! Volunteer Opportunites 2015

Andersen Library Story Time Volunteers - 2015




 volunteers helping at a fundraiser event

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.

Spring 2015 Spot Light Series Volunteers

Bud Break 5k Registration Volunteers May 3, 2015

Bud Break 5k Race Attendant Volunteers May 3, 2015









LEGO Summer 2015 Exhibit - Brick Drive Helper

LEGO Summer 2015 Exhibit - Saturday's Activity Helper

LEGO Summer 2015 Exhibit - Play Station Attendants

Pancake Brunch - March 21, 2015

Holiday and Traditional Tea Volunteers 2014-2015

 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 Plant Label Assistant Volunteer

Prairie & Trail Crew

Tree & Shrub Crew

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. 

Gatehouse Attendant Volunteers

Restaurant Furniture Clean Project - April 13, 2015

Local Business Station for Arboretum Class Catalogs

Struthers Parkinson's Center Weekend Watering Volunteer - Summer 2015

Library Magazine Sorting

Arboretum Gift Store Assistants



Gift Store Assistant Volunteers - 2015

Nature Based Therapy Program Assistant/Plant Transporter - 2015

Catalog Distribution Assistant - Local Area

Gratitude Giver!

Youth Education Videographer

Endangered Species - Ecological Monitoring Unit - 2015

Endangered Species - Seed Preservation Unit - 2015

 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 Monday - Friday 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 28th, 2015 5-7pm, MacMillan Auditorium

*Volunteer BBQ
September 1st, 2015 5-7pm, Snyder Building

*RSVP required


University of Minnesota Policies & Resources

University of Minnesota Board of Regents Policy - Code of Conduct

University of Minnesota - Safety of Minors Policy

University of Minnesota - Safety of Minors Training Module

Arboretum Volunteer Policies & Procedures

Arboretum Volunteer Background Check Policy

Arboretum Policies & Procedures for Recording Volunteer Hours

Arboretum Volunteer - Additional Resources

Volunteer Voucher & Reward System

Volunteer Voucher Donation

Volunteer Statement of Inclusion

New Volunteer Fact Sheet


Order a New or Replacement Name Tag $10 (Exisiting Volunteers)

Order a Background Check $25 (Existing Volunteers)

Order a New Volunteer Package $35 (New Volunteers)