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!

BRAND NEW!  Tram Ticket Sales

COME ON, IT'LL BE FUN! Volunteer Office Assistant for Education Department

NEW! Summer Community Build Assistant




Visitor Marketing Assistants

Donation Request Fulfillment

Development Clerical Support



 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.

ENGAGING Garden Demonstrations -Next Training is July 30th!

INTERACTIVE Plant Maker Studio Summer Edition

NEW! Online Event Data Entry

Gratitude Giver


Homeschool Marketing

Children's Garden Teaching Assistant

Children's Garden Weed Wranglers




 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.

SUMMER ART CRAWL Aug 13th and 14th

Information Booth

Booth Attendant

Booth Set Up and/or Take Down

Face Painting


Traditional MonthlyTea Volunteers


UPCOMING! Pollinator Center Attendant


Exhibit Hosts


 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!

Woody Plant Propagation

Greenhouse Grower

Ornamental Tree and Shrub at HRC

Sunday Sensory Garden Volunteers

Push Mower Volunteer

2016 Plant Labeling Assistant

Learning Center Greenhouse 2016

Horticultural Research Center Greenhouse 2016


2016 Chinese Garden and Harrison Sculpture Garden Crew

Japanese Garden Crew     

2016 Garden Crew - Annuals, Perrenials & Container Gardening

2016 Garden Crew - Roses, Azaleas, Home Demo Garden

Tree & Shrub Crew

Prairie & Trail Crew

 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! Gift Shop Cashier

NEW! Perennial Plant Association Greeters/Guides

Parking Lot Beautification

Visitor Service Support

REFRESHED! Membership Desk

Catalog Distribution Assistant - Local Area

Local Business Station for Arboretum Class Catalogs

Youth Education Videographer

 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.

**Annual Appreciation BBQ**

Please join us for our Annual BBQ on August 29th. Cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m., dinner is at 6 p.m. This year, we'll provide all the food, except for the dessert.  Bring a dessert to enter into our dessert contest.  We'll be judging these 5 categories: Most Creative, Most Rustic, Most Interesting Use of Vegetables, Prettiest Pie, Most Decadent

*RSVP required 612 625-9987 You may bring a guest.  When you make your reservation, please indicate if you are coming with a guest.


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


Purchase a Replacement Name Tag $10 (Exisiting Volunteers)

Order a Background Check  (Existing Volunteers) You must also download a copy of a Summary of Rights

Purchase a New Volunteer Package $40 (New Volunteers)