Adult Volunteer Job Opportunities

Our mission is connecting people to plants by inspiring communities to explore and conserve nature. We’d love your help! Below is a full list of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s adult volunteer opportunities — find the best match for you.

Ready to become a volunteer? Click here to submit an application online or download and print a PDF application.

Would you like to make people’s day
with a cheerful welcome?

These volunteer opportunities may be for you:


Greet visitors, hand out brochures, check for admission stickers, count visitors (clicker counter), and answer general questions.


Answer incoming calls and answer questions about directions to the Garden, admission prices, and special events; direct incoming calls to appropriate staff.

Butterflies LIVE!
Butterfly Greeter

Would you like to make people’s day with a cheerful welcome? Welcome visitors of all ages, review guidelines, check for “hitchhiking” butterflies and answer questions in the entry/exit vestibule.

Would you like to make a difference
by teaching others?

These volunteer opportunities may be for you:

Butterflies LIVE!
Butterfly Ambassador

Would you like to make a difference by teaching others? Engage visitors in the tropical butterfly habitat through experiential learning. Nurture a passion for pollinators while introducing families to the Butterfly Quest scavenger hunt, sharing fun facts about butterflies, encouraging observation using magnifying lenses and microscopes, and highlighting daily butterfly releases, the caterpillar nursery, and the chrysalis emergence box.


Garden Guides attend monthly meetings to learn more about the Garden. They lead scheduled tours through the Garden and Conservatory and also serve as roving interpreters. Apprentice Garden Guides attend special training sessions in winter and spring and participate in “shadow tours” with veteran guides before leading tours on their own.

Information Assistant:

Help fill brochure holders in the garden, library and Robins Visitors Center. This involves strolling through the Garden making sure holders are filled with appropriate brochures (for the Conservatory, Healing Garden, and Bird Trail) and with rack cards.

Bird Trail

Join a team whose activities include filling and cleaning bird feeders, monitoring and maintaining wooden directional markers, and also monitoring the bluebird houses in the spring.

Registration and Logistics

Assist with registration and logistics at public programs. Volunteers assist the Education special programs team on an on-call basis with jobs related to lectures, workshops and community outreach.


Shelve books, check for mis-shelved items, help visitors find books or journals, use a database to circulate materials (check-in, check-out), process new books, address and mail overdue notices, answer phone and email requests for gardening information, research visitor and caller questions, and process plant and seed catalogs.

Ready to Become a Garden Volunteer?

Submit your online application to begin sharing your talents.

Apply Now

Are you a
plant person?

These horticulture volunteer opportunities may be for you:

General Horticulture

Assist horticulturists and gardeners in maintaining the individual gardens within Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.


Assist in volunteer greenhouse propagating plants for volunteer-run Spring and Fall Plant Sales.

Plant Preservation

Gather and preserve plant material to be used in Dominion GardenFest decorations.

Plant Records

Assist Garden staff in producing accession and visitor plant labels as well as participating in the day-to-day activities related to maintaining the plant records database.


Assist the Conservatory horticulturist in maintaining with gardening tasks.

Are you a team-builder?
Or someone who likes to do administrative work?

These volunteer opportunities may be for you:

Volunteer Office
Recruiting Assistant:

Enter/update records for any newly active volunteers, volunteer prospects, or volunteer applicants into the Volgistics database. Set up interviews, and assist with orientations.

Administrative Assistant:

Assist with administrative and clerical tasks/projects.


Assist the Garden’s Development office with clerical duties.

Data Entry Assistant:

Enter names and other data into Microsoft Word documents and Excel spreadsheets (in the Education office).

Education Office

Assist with general office work and information distribution. Help with copying, addressing envelopes, counting rack cards, stuffing envelopes.

Are you looking for
something to do on the weekend?

These volunteer opportunities may be for you:

Special Events

Involves a number of different jobs/assignments at special events including: Heritage Weekend, Easter Weekend, Mother’s Day Weekend, Father’s Day, Butterflies LIVE, Flowers After 5, Goblins & Gourds, Dominion GardenFest of Lights, New Year’s Eve Family Frolic.

Admissions Host/Hostess
Admissions Receptionist
Conservatory Volunteer
Garden Guide
Library Volunteer
Children’s Garden Volunteer (assist with summer camp, onsite field trips, or special events and activities)

To apply to become a volunteer

Download a PDF application.

Apply Now

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