Current volunteer opportunities


Collections and Display Gardens – April 2015 – October 2015

A team of 3–6 volunteers work alongside a horticulturist in one of sixteen collections or garden areas, April through October. Each group meets once a week during the gardening season on the same weekday morning each week. Volunteers learn as they garden, so previous experience is not required. Most Collections & Garden groups meet from 8:30–11:30 on designated weekdays only, not on weekends. Volunteers over 18yrs old and willing to make a weekly commitment are encouraged to apply. 

We will offer a kick-off event in March 2015 for any applicants that are interested in this volunteer assignment.  Please fill out a volunteer application to be invited.


Children's Garden Weekend Volunteers

The Morton Arboretum's Children's Garden is a magical place, and is especially busy on Wednesdays and weekends. Volunteers monitor for safety at the front gate, at the water features, and throughout the Garden. Volunteers also guide children in games, educational programming, and crafts, and teach families about the natural world. Children learn best through playing in this engaging and award-winning environment. Commitment minimum of two shifts each month, to be arranged with the Children's Garden staff. 

Morning and afternoon shifts available starting in April 2015. Children's Garden Volunteers must be 18+ years old, complete our training and pass a background check.