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Volunteer

Volunteers play a critical role in helping the Huntsville Botanical Garden grow.  A dedicated group of volunteers work closely to aid our excellent staff in creating the most wonderful guest experience possible.  Whether you are looking to volunteer individually or as a group or corporation, we have opportunities for everyone to explore new interests, share your talents, and meet new people. Today, volunteers donate not only their amazing skills and knowledge, but thousands of hours collectively to help with special events, grounds maintenance, visitor services, education program and so much more!

Please join our Garden team and volunteer today! View our volunteer brochure here!
Volunteer Opportunities
Exciting volunteer opportunities exist in virtually every area of the Garden.  No experience is necessary for most positions, and training will be provided.  For current and seasonal volunteer need, please check out The Columns Newsletter and E-Blast Signup.

Examples of volunteer opportunities include:
Special Events 
The Garden’s special events are critical to our success, helping to increase funding while raising public awareness of the programs and activities of the Garden. Spring and Fall Plant Sale, Bunny Bonanza, Scarecrow Trail, Bootanica, and Galaxy of Lights are just a few of the events that require a large team of volunteers to help the events run smoothly and efficiently. Assignments include event preparation, greeting guests, assisting with activities and games, serving refreshments, and clean up. This area has the most volunteer flexibility, and adults and teens are invited to get involved.
 
Administrative 
Like any busy office, the Garden always needs organized individuals for administrative support. From database entry to preparation of large mailings, there are always routine office tasks for an additional pair of hands!

Docent
Learn more about the Garden and its unique environment and share that knowledge by leading visiting groups of all ages. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator regarding the next scheduled training session.

Visitor Center/Gift Shop
This volunteer serves as initial greeter at the front desk, welcomes visitors, collects
admission and presents information about the Garden—all while providing exceptional customer service. Assisting guests with merchandise and sales in Shoppe at the Garden and answering phones are other necessary and fun duties. Training is required.

Education Assistant
Assist in preparation, planning and executing educational programs and events for children and adults under direction of the Education staff. School group guide, summer camp supervisor and Butterfly House assistant are examples of a variety of roles to help the Garden fulfill its education mission.

Shuttle Driver
Attend a two hour training session and become a shuttle driver. Give guests a ride through the Garden on a golf cart while sharing information about its history.

Facility Rental
Assist staff with events in the Garden’s rental facilities, such as weddings, corporate meetings, and party planning.

Gardening Assistant
Under direction of the Horticulture staff, participate in day-to-day activities from planting, landscaping, weeding, watering and mulching to other grounds maintenance and expansion projects. If you like hands-on experience in pruning, native plants, perennials, annuals and even weeds, become a gardening volunteer.

How to Sign up
  1. View and complete the Volunteer Application. If under the age of 18, complete the Youth Volunteer Application (Volunteers must be a minimum of 14 years old and accompanied by a guardian if younger than 16). 
  2. If you are able to edit the PDF, then attach the completed form to an email and send to cadams@hsvbg.org.  If you are not able to edit the PDF file, please print and mail to Huntsville Botanical Garden, Attn: Volunteer Coordinator, 4747 Bob Wallace Ave., Huntsville, AL 35805 or fax to 256-830-5314.
If you have any other questions concerning volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@hsvbg.org or 256-830-4447 ext. 238. 

Festivals Volunteering Opportunities

Purdy Butterfly House
Sunday May 1, 2016 - Friday September 30, 2016:

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Scarecrow Trail
Thursday September 1, 2016 - Monday October 31, 2016:
Throughout the Garden

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Galaxy of Lights
Friday November 11, 2016 - Saturday December 31, 2016:

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Already a Volunteer and looking to turn in your volunteer hours? Complete this Volunteer Hour Log and e-mail to volunteer@hsvbg.org or fax to 256-830-5314.

"I love being outdoors and the Garden provides an opportunity to enjoy that activity, with the added plus of seeing the beauty of the Garden as it changes from week to week.  The opportunity to meet and talk with interesting folks, some visiting from far-away or foreign countries, is another benefit I enjoy." 
- Bill Lightfoot, Shuttle Driver and Bird Feeder

"I volunteer because I enjoy being in a beautiful place, meeting new people and giving back to the community.  People come from all over and I love showing them our bit of heaven!"
- Jean Hairston, Volunteer and Docent 

"I love learning something new every day, and I definitely achieve that at the Garden"
- Carolyn Wade, Demonstration Vegetable Garden

 "If you ask me why I work so hard for a little train and spend so much time in this small niche of the garden... it's because of the joy I can bring to children (the future of the garden), the joy and memories I kindle in adults, and the friendships I've made with visitors and neighbors.  I am giving back to the Garden and the community by volunteering."   
- Jim Cruse "The Trainman", Garden Railway