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Volunteers are a valued and essential part of our team at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. From supporting events to tending to plants, our volunteers help further the mission of the Garden through their passion and dedication every day.

As part of our commitment to the well-being of our community, we have new health and safety guidelines in place for all volunteers. Whether you are a registered volunteer or interested in becoming a new volunteer, we would be happy to talk through the application and training process with you. Please contact our volunteer engagement team to learn more:

To see examples of volunteer opportunities at the Garden, please scroll down.

New in 2021: Youth Volunteer Program

The Youth Volunteer Program engages teenagers (ages 13-18) in hands-on outdoor work at the Garden during the summertime. Under the mentorship of STEM professionals, participants gain real-world experience in horticulture, environmental education, and plant conservation, allowing them to explore careers in the green sector, cultivate their personal connection to the environment, and contribute to the work of the Garden in an authentic and meaningful way.

To learn more about the Youth Volunteer Program, click here.

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.

Like any busy office, the Garden always needs organized individuals for administrative support. From database entry to the preparation of large mailings, there are always routine office tasks for an additional pair of hands!

Docents are special Garden ambassadors that lead tours for both children and adults and assist in classroom workshops for thousands of school children each year.  They have a direct impact on achieving the mission and goals of the Garden.  They Care!  As a Docent, you will have limitless opportunities to share your sense of wonder as you connect with people of all ages!

Becoming a Garden Docent is a volunteer position that requires extensive training and an ongoing commitment, and in return, the Garden’s staff strives to give each Docent a satisfying, productive, and rewarding experience. Please visit the docent webpage for more information.

Visitor Center/Gift Shoppe
This volunteer serves as a 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.

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 the 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. 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  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 engagement team at

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