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!

Membership Dept Clerical Assitants - Mailings 2015

Group Tours Marketing Volunteer 2015

Home School Marketing Volunteer 2015

PeaPods Marketing Volunteer 2015

Project Assistant - Donor and Corporate Relations


Day Camps Marketing Volunteer 2015

Meet-up Marketing Volunteer 2015

Visitor Marketing Assistants

Data Entry Assistants - Visitor Survey, Marketing Dept

 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.

Winter Field Trip Instructors 2015

Maple Syrup Time Field Trip Instructors 2015


Let's Talk Plant's! Volunteer Opportunites 2015

Andersen Library Story Time Volunteers - 2015




 volunteers helping at a fundraiser event

Our events are a fun way for visitors and volunteers to enjoy the Arboretum. Each event has a number of different volunteer roles that are integral to success of the event. Annual events include the Pancake Brunch, Gala in the Gardens and Toast & Taste. Look through the Events Calendar for upcoming opportunities.


Time Card Proctor - Education Dept









Pancake Brunch - March 21, 2015

Holiday and Traditional Tea Volunteers 2014-2015

 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!

Prairie & Trail Crew

Tree & Shrub Crew

Japanese Garden Crew     

Garden Crew - Annuals, Perrenials & Container Gardening

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. 

"Do Something Special" Elf - Education Dept.

Struthers Parkinson's Center Weekend Watering Volunteer - Summer 2015

Library Magazine Sorting

Library Collections Maintenance

Arboretum Gift Store Assistants

Education - Class Catalog Business Friend

Education Class Catalog Distribution Manager


Visitor Services Assitants - Weekends January 2015

Endangered Species - Ecological Monitoring Unit - 2015

Endangered Species - Seed Preservation Unit - 2015

 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!


Hours Monday - Friday 9 a.m.–4 p.m.


Phone 612-301-1203

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

*Volunteer Appreciation Event
April 28th, 2015 5-7pm, MacMillan Auditorium

*Volunteer BBQ
September 1st, 2015 5-7pm, Snyder Building

*RSVP required


Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Policies & Procedures for Recording Volunteer Hours

Volunteer Voucher & Reward System

Volunteer Voucher Donation

Order a New or Replacement Name Tag 

Order a Background Check