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. See our flier (PDF) or scroll down to learn more.

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. Our programs are geared for ages 13-18.

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 Bray Wilkins, Youth Programs Developer: [email protected] 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 Service Learning volunteer by filling out a youth volunteer application, and providing 3 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 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  – August, 2016. Volunteers can sign up for as many or few shifts as they want.

Apply for the Youth Volunteer Program by filling out a youth volunteer application. Applications are due June 1, 2016. 

Summer Camp Volunteers

Ages 13 – 18

The Summer Camp Volunteer Program offers middle and high school students the opportunity to gain valuable experience in environmental education while assisting with week long outdoor camps for preschool and elementary students. Volunteers will support education staff by helping with nature-based activities, crafts, and story times along with behind-the-scenes details. View full job description here.

Summer camp Applications and references are due by May 22nd, 2016.


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 Bray Wilkins, Youth Programs Developer: [email protected] or call (804) 262-9887 x346.

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