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. During our busiest months, you will get a mid-month update as well. This newsletter is your source for important updates and announcements, hearing about new opportunities, special perks, and more!
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!
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.
EVENTS & EXHIBITS
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.
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!
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.
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 email@example.com.
See the work accomplished by some of our group and corporate volunteers!
VOLUNTEER CENTER INFORMATION
*General Hours Monday - Friday 10am - 3pm
*Hours Subject to Change
VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION EVENTS
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.
VOLUNTEER RESOURCES, POLICIES & DOCUMENTS
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)