Volunteers 2018-01-18T16:27:32-07:00

 

Volunteer Opportunities at the Garden
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden appreciates the groups and individuals who help grow the Garden! Meet new people, and spend time at a beautiful garden while you gain new experiences. Here are just some of the ways you can get involved.

 

Garden Guides
Enjoy talking with people and sharing your love of nature? Become a Garden Guide! Garden Guides help us educate our visitors and answer their questions in different areas of the Garden. Interpretive information will be provided. Volunteers must enjoy talking to people, including small groups. Guides will be stationed in different areas of interest in the Garden.

Regular Garden Guides are scheduled for their preferred shift during the Garden’s operating hours (Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-3pm). Volunteers should be comfortable hiking the trails of the Garden and being outside for 2-3 hours at a time. Please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form here to get started.

Youth Education
Help connect today’s youth with the Great Outdoors! Pittsburgh Botanic Garden offers hands-on, nature based programs that focus on the habitats found at the Garden. Youth Education Volunteers assist the staff during field trips, camps, off-site outreach programs, pre-school programs or special events. Curriculum information and equipment will be provided. Volunteers should have an interest in natural history, and be comfortable presenting information in a way that is engaging for children and young adults. Experience working with children or a background in education is preferred.

Regular Youth Education Volunteers are scheduled as programs and field trips and youth programs are booked April through October, typically Tuesday through Friday, with occasional weekend opportunities. Programs and special events are typically held outside and volunteers must be comfortable being outdoors for 2-3 hours at a time. Volunteers are scheduled for special events on an as-needed basis. Event volunteer can be greeters, lead a craft table, or a guided hike. Please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form here to get started.

Adult Education
Continue to grow by assisting with our Adult Education Programs! Adult Education Volunteers assist the staff during workshops, lectures, off-site programs, or special events. Volunteers will be helping with set up, assisting during the event where necessary, or helping with tear down. Volunteers should have an interest in gardening or natural history. Adult Education Volunteers are scheduled throughout the calendar year, as programs and special events are put on the Garden’s calendar. Please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form here to get started.

Tours
Love horticulture, natural history, or local lore? Become a tour Guide for Pittsburgh Botanic Garden! Tour Guides lead interpretive tours for adult groups at the Garden. Volunteers must enjoy talking to people and answering questions, and be comfortable leading small groups. Guides must be able to hike the Garden trails and be outdoors for 1.5-2 hours at a time. Tour Guides are scheduled as tours are booked, typically during operating hours April-November. Interpretive information, including the history of our site, will be provided. Basic knowledge of plants will be helpful. Please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form here to get started.

Administration
Prefer to work inside? Our offices are always looking for individuals who can help with administrative tasks. Knowledge of basic computer systems is preferred but not required. You will help our administrative staff with a variety of tasks. Volunteers will be scheduled for their preferred shift during the Garden’s office hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm). Please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form here to get started.

QUESTIONS?
Contact volunteer@pittsburghbotanicgarden.org or call (412)444-4464 x227 for more information on how to get involved at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

Welcome Center Desk
Share your sunny disposition with the Garden! PBG is looking for volunteers to assist at our Welcome Center Desk on Mondays. While the Garden is closed to visitors on Monday, we need help answering and directing phone calls. Volunteers should have excellent phone skills and a willingness to answer general questions. Volunteers should feel comfortable sitting for a prolonged period of time and willing to commit to a 3-4 hour shift. Please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form here to get started.

Special Events
Contribute to Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s spectacular, special events! Duties may include anything from room setup, greeting, serving, leading an activity, and clean up. This is an ideal opportunity for an individual to explore event administration as a career. Volunteers are scheduled on a rolling basis, as special events are booked on the Garden’s event calendar. Volunteers must be willing to work either indoors or outdoors and commit to a shift of 1-3 hours. Please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form here to get started.

QUESTIONS?
Contact volunteer@pittsburghbotanicgarden.org or call (412)444-4464 x227 for more information on how to get involved at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

Plant Records
PBG is looking for one to two adult volunteers who are interested in working with the Director of Horticulture to document the plant collection at the Garden. Volunteers are needed for Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 am – 12 pm to assist with the following tasks: maintaining a file of vendors for plant material; embossing accession tags; maintaining an inventory of labels and signs; cleaning, sorting, and organizing plant labels; and other general duties in the plant records office. Basic knowledge of plant names is useful, but not required. If you are interested, please contact Sue Myers at smyers@pittsburghbotanicgarden.org for an application.

Horticulture
Do you have a green thumb or want to learn more about plants? The horticulture department at the Garden is looking for adult volunteers to join our one of our horticulture volunteer teams. Volunteers are asked to give one day a week for the all or part of the growing season (April – October). We are currently filling spots on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 am – 12 pm. A typical morning might include: weeding display gardens; preparing beds for new plantings; planting, transplanting, and deadheading garden plants, and installing deer fencing around plants and trees. Basic horticulture knowledge is helpful but not required. If you are interested, please contact Sue Myers at smyers@pittsburghbotanicgarden.org for an application.

Facilities Maintenance
The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden horticulture and facilities department hosts regular volunteers on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. We are currently seeking a highly capable facilities volunteer to assist with basic facilities maintenance tasks. A typical morning might include various tasks such as replacing lightbulbs, paint touch-ups, site safety inspections, minor carpentry, trouble-shooting maintenance issues, organizing keys, and tracking projects on the PBG Google calendar and in Excel. The Garden has a maintenance request and tracking system that will be used by the Director and volunteer to coordinate projects. If you are interested, please contact Sue Myers at smyers@pittsburghbotanicgarden.org for an application.

Last Wednesday Grow the Garden Days
Love to volunteer but don’t have the time to commit? Wednesday Grow the Garden Days are a great way to get involved! Led by our Horticulture Team, join individuals with or without gardening experience to work on a variety of projects around the Garden. This commitment-free gathering will be held on the last Wednesday of each month (April-October) from 9am to 12pm. Give back while socializing and learning. We ask that you come prepared to work outdoors, wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring a bottle of water. Last Wednesday Grow the Garden Days happen rain or shine. Check the events calendar during the gardening season for registration opportunities.

QUESTIONS?
Contact volunteer@pittsburghbotanicgarden.org or call (412)444-4464 x227 for more information on how to get involved at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden welcomes corporate and community groups who wish to volunteer at the Garden! Volunteerism is a great way to improve group communication, moral, and team relationships. Your group will work on a variety of important projects at the Garden. If you are interested, please contact Sue Myers at smyers@pittsburghbotanicgarden.org.

Thank you to the generous groups that volunteered at the Garden in 2017:
 
Highmark 

Carmeuse 
Thermo Fisher 
Bidwell Training 
VEKA 
Comcast 
Jon’s Trees 
OSMRE 
La Roche Garden Club 
RMU Honors 
RMU Day of Service