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!

 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!

NEW! Membership Desk!

Tram Ticket Sales

Visitor Marketing Assistants

NEW! Devolopment Assistant (Short Term - Starting Soon)



 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.

Online Event Data Entry

Gratitude Giver


Homeschool Marketing




 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.


Parking Attendant & Visitor Services

Exhibit Installation Specialists



PUMPKINS!! September 27th

Fall Harvest Volunteers


Pollinator Center Attendant

Traditional MonthlyTea Volunteers

 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!

Herb Garden

Ornamental Tree and Shrub at HRC

Sunday Sensory Garden Volunteers

Learning Center Greenhouse 2016

Prairie & Trail Crew


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

 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! Gift Shop Receiving

NEW! Gift Shop Display

Visitor Service Support

NEW! Wedding Set Up and Take Down

NEW! Scarecrows/Fall Display

Catalog Distribution Assistant - Local Area

Local Business Station for Arboretum Class Catalogs



 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)