Current Volunteer Opportunities

All opportunities listed are for current and registered Arboretum volunteers. A mandatory New Volunteer Orientation and Application process is required before pursuing any opportunity. Learn more and sign up.

All volunteers will also receive a Volunteer News enewsletter on the first Wednesday of every month. You'll get important updates and announcements, hear about new opportunities, be privy to special perks and more!

 volunteer sitting at desk, sorting papers

If you enjoy administrative tasks and need flexibility, sign up to help our office staff. We have many opportunities in various departments helping staff do such things as data input, mailings, reception duties, note takers, and many more!

Visitor Marketing Assistants

Marketing Department: 3 Volunteer Positions -2016

Group Tours Clerical Marketing Assistant


Volunteer Center Clerical Assistant (ongoing assignment)



 volunteer helping boy in children's garden

The Education Department is always looking for fun and energetic volunteers to join the team. Volunteer Opportunities include: Learning Center Instructors, Office Assistants, Class Registrars, Green House Maintenance Crew, Family Program Assistants, Summer Garden Assistants, Technology Team, and Special Projects/Events.

Education Participant Gratitude Giver!

NEW! February 29th! Let's Talk Plants Volunteer Training

Let's Talk Plants Application



 volunteers helping at a fundraiser event

Our events and exhibits are a fun way for visitors and volunteers to enjoy the Arboretum. Each event or exhibit has a number of different volunteer roles that are integral to the success! Annual events include the Pancake Brunch, Gala in the Gardens and Toast & Taste. Other smaller events and seasonal events take place throughout the year. Exhibits are typically during the late Spring and Summer months and change yearly.

PANCAKE BRUNCH Saturday, March 19th

NEW! Pancake Brunch Volunteers


NEW! Greeters


Traditional MonthlyTea Volunteers

WINTER ART FAIR Saturday, February 27th

Art Fair Booth Attendant

Art Fair Campus Expert/Guide

Art Fair Beverage Attendant

 volunteers helping with spring garden clean up

Have fun digging in the dirt and learning from experienced landscape gardeners. Each crew has different shifts and works in different areas of the garden, so there is something for everyone. Experience level of volunteers range from novice to expert, so come ready to learn and get your hands in the dirt!

NEW!  Slade Perennial Garden Crew

NEW!  Plant Labeling Assistant

Learning Center Greenhouse 2016

Horticultural Research Center Greenhouse 2016

Prairie & Trail Crew

Tree & Shrub Crew

Hsaio Ho Chinese Garden and Harrison Sculpture Garden Crew 2015-2016

Japanese Garden Crew     

For 2016! Garden Crew - Annuals, Perrenials & Container Gardening

For 2016! Garden Crew - Roses, Azaleas, Home Demo Garden

 volunteer teaching

The Arboretum is always looking for people with all types of skill sets for special assignments. If you're interested in doing something different, check out this category for the more unique volunteer opportunities. 

NEW! Floral Design Assistant

NEW! Photographer/Videographer

Sculpture Preservation Specialist

Youth Education Videographer

Local Business Station for Arboretum Class Catalogs

Membership Desk

Catalog Distribution Assistant - Local Area


 volunteers from Kohl's

If you have interest in planning a group, one time, or corporate volunteer opportunity at the Arboretum, please send your requests to the Volunteer Center Manager at

See the work accomplished by some of our group and corporate volunteers!


*General Hours Monday - Friday 10am - 3pm

*Hours Subject to Change 


Phone 612-301-1203

These events are for current and active Arboretum volunteers and are by invite only.

*Volunteer Appreciation Event
April 2016 - exact date is to be announced

*RSVP required


University of Minnesota Policies & Resources

University of Minnesota Board of Regents Policy - Code of Conduct

University of Minnesota - Safety of Minors Policy

University of Minnesota - Safety of Minors Training Module

Arboretum Volunteer Policies & Procedures

Arboretum Volunteer Background Check Policy

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Covered in the Background Check

Arboretum Policies & Procedures for Recording Volunteer Hours

Arboretum Volunteer - Additional Resources

Volunteer Voucher & Reward System

Volunteer Voucher Donation

Volunteer Statement of Inclusion

New Volunteer Fact Sheet


Order a New or Replacement Name Tag $10 (Exisiting Volunteers)

Order a Background Check $30 (Existing Volunteers)

Order a New Volunteer Package $40 (New Volunteers)