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Volunteer


Volunteers play a critical role in helping the Huntsville Botanical Garden grow. Whether you’re 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.


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 the preparation of large mailings, there are always routine office tasks for an additional pair of hands!

Docent
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 . If under the age of 18, complete the Youth Volunteer (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.




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