Volunteer Requirements, Application and Resources

Volunteers must be 18 or older and submit the following documents before becoming a volunteer, which can all be found here.

1. Report of criminal history from the Pennsylvania State Police.

2. Child Abuse History Clearance 

3a. A fingerprint based federal criminal history (FBI) submitted through the Pennsylvania State (If you do not qualify for the exemption described below)

Exemption:  Volunteers are NOT required to obtain the FBI Clearance if they have been a continuous resident of Pennsylvania for the past 10 years must swear or affirm in writing that they are not disqualified from service based upon a conviction of an offense under §6344.

OR

3b. Disclosure Statement Application (document affirming in writing that they are not disqualified from service based upon a conviction of an offense under §6344)

4.  Confidentiality Statement

FAQs

Q: What is the renewal requirement for clearances?
A: All volunteers must obtain clearances every 36 months.

Q: How much do the clearances cost?
A: There are fees associated with obtaining clearances, however, if during the application process you indicate that you are applying as a volunteer, then the fees are waived.  Otherwise, the Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check costs $10; the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance costs $10; and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Background Check costs $27.50 through the Department of Human Services.

Q: How are my clearances reported to the Garden?
A: Bring original copies of all documents to the Garden staff.  Copies will be made and your originals will be returned to you.

Volunteer Application

Volgistics Portal