Youth and Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has a variety of volunteer opportunities for youth including service learning, summer volunteer opportunities, internships, and vocational training.

We have opportunities for middle and high-schoolers who want to work for a day, a week, a month, or year-round. We work with youth who have a variety of goals for their volunteer work here including those who want to learn new skills, get work experience, or earn community service hours.

We have a variety of positions for both short- and long-term commitments. We work with all kinds of groups, organizations, and individuals including homeschoolers, youth with special needs, at-risk youth, teambuilding exercises, or for those who simply want to give back to the community. Most of our programs are geared for ages 13-18, and our Vocational Program is for youth 13-22.

If you are part of a civic, religious, or corporate group seeking one-time group volunteer opportunities please contact us! We’d love to work with you.
For more information on any of these programs please contact Nicki, the Youth Programs Developer: nickia@lewisginter.org or call (804) 262-9887 x346.

Service Learning Program

Year-round, age 13-18

The Service Learning Program offers middle and high school students the chance to explore career opportunities in the fields of Education and the Sciences through professional development and practical work experiences. Different levels of responsibility and leadership accumulate with time and hours served.

This long-term program has shifts available on weekends, select weekdays, and during special events.

We will start accepting applications in January 2016. Apply to become a Summer Camp volunteer by filling out a youth volunteer application, answering the essay questions and providing three references. Applications, essays and references are due March 1, 2016.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2016
Interview Deadline: March 11, 2016
Orientation: to be announced

Please see our other volunteer opportunities below, or check back for more information.

Summer Programs

Youth Volunteer Summer Program (age 13-18)

The Youth Volunteer Summer Program offers middle school and high school students horticulture experiences working in the Community Kitchen Garden, which harvests food for the Central Virginia Food Bank to provide fresh foods for those in need. Youth Volunteers also work in the Children’s Garden and other areas.

This program has shifts available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 9 a.m. – noon, June 23 – August 27, 2015. Volunteers can sign up for as many or few shifts as they want.

Apply for the Youth Volunteer Summer Program by filling out a youth volunteer application. Applications are due June 1, 2015. 

Summer Camp Volunteer (age 13-18)

Share your love of nature! Camp volunteers help facilitate discovery and exploration while assisting with activities, crafts, snack, group management, and clean up. Volunteers may apply to help with one camp or multiple camps. See the Green Adventure Summer Camp listing for dates and target ages. Commitment: minimum one week, Monday – Friday, in June, July, or August, 8:45 a.m. – noon.

Apply to become a Summer Camp volunteer by filling out a youth volunteer application, answering the essay questions and providing three references. Applications, essays and references are due May 25, 2015.

Application Deadline: May 21, 2015
Interview Deadline: June 1, 2015
Orientation: June 13, 2015, 10 a.m. – noon

Vocational Program

age 13-22

School year and summer opportunities are available for special needs youth enrolled in a middle school or high school vocational program. Work experiences in the fields of horticulture, office, and food service are available. This opportunity satisfies a requirement for community service hours.

For inquiries about the Vocational Program, email the Youth Programs Developer: nickia@lewisginter.org or call (804) 262-9887 x346.

 

Internships

Interested in an internship at the Garden?

We currently partner with community organizations to provide internship opportunities both long-term and short-term (minimester) for youth in Central Virginia. If your school or organization is interested in forming a partnership with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden please contact us.  Current and former partners include:

For more information on any of these programs please contact Nicki, the Youth Programs Developer: nickia@lewisginter.org or call (804) 262-9887 x346.

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