Volunteers 2018-10-04T14:11:52-07:00

 

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.

 

Administration
Enjoy working 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 Application Form here to get started.

Corporate and Community Volunteers
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

 

Garden Guides
Enjoy talking with people and sharing your love of nature? Become a Garden Guide! Garden Guides help us educate our visitors, either by giving tours or answering questions at different stations (both indoors or outdoors) within the Garden. Interpretive information will be provided. Volunteers must enjoy talking to people, including small groups. 

Stationed Garden Guides are scheduled for their preferred shift during the Garden’s operating hours (Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-3pm). Touring Garden Guides will be scheduled as tours are booked. 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 Application 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 Application 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 Application 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 fill our our Volunteer Application Form.

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 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 fill our our Volunteer Application Form.

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 fill our our Volunteer Application Form.

Last Wednesday Grow the Garden Days

Love to volunteer but don’t have the time to commit? Last Wednesday Grow the Garden Days are a great way to get involved! These commitment free volunteer days take place the last Wednesday of each month during the growing season (April-October). 
 
Join us for the first Grow the Garden Day of 2018! Led by our Horticulture Team, join individuals with or without gardening experience to work on a variety of projects around the Garden. 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.
Stay tuned for our 2019 dates coming soon!

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 Application 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 Application 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.

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