CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Bike Safety Patrol Volunteers (Evenings and Weekends, April 2016 – October 2016)
Volunteers are sought to "ride the roads" and provide information and assistance to individuals and families biking at the Arboretum. Weekends, Wednesdays, and Bike Nights are especially busy times. Experienced bikers with their own bicycle and safety equipment, which are available for a minimum of two shifts per month, may apply for this assignment. Flexible self-scheduling available. Volunteers must be 18+ years old. Click here for more information.
Trail Patrol Volunteers (Evenings and Weekends)
Sixteen miles of trails provide lots of options for exploring the Arboretum in all seasons. Trail Safety Patrol volunteers walk the trails, interact with visitors, give directions and information, and provide a visible and friendly presence for all Arboretum hikers. Trail Safety Patrol volunteers commit to volunteering a minimum of two shifts each month. Requirements include physical stamina, ability to walk on uneven terrain throughout their shift, attendance at safety and First Aid training (provided) and use of a communications radio. Flexible self-scheduling available. Volunteers must be 18+ years old. The season runs all year - weather permitting. Click here for more information.
Children's Garden Weekend Volunteers (Beginning May 2016)
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 May 2016. Children's Garden Volunteers must be 18+ years old, complete our training and pass a background check. Click here for more information.
Collections and Display Gardens (April 2016 – October 2016)
Volunteers are needed to work alongside a horticulturist in our collections and garden areas. Work includes weeding, mulching and pruning. Volunteers meet once a week during the gardening season on the same weekday morning each week. Most volunteer groups meet from 8:30 am – 11:30 am on designated weekdays only, not on weekends. Previous experience is not required. Volunteers must be over 16+ years old and willing to make a weekly commitment from April- October. Click here for more information.
Natural Area Volunteers (April 2016 – October 2016)
Invasive Plants grow and spread rapidly, crowding out native trees, wildflowers, and plants we want to establish in collections areas. Volunteers in good physical condition, able to navigate uneven terrain, and work in all weather conditions are welcome to join one of our work groups below. Volunteers must be over 16 years old and willing to make a weekly commitment from April- October. Click here to view a short video and learn about volunteer service in the Natural Areas.
Natural Area workgroups:
· Wetlands Group: Monday mornings 8:30-11:30am
· Heritage Trail Group: Friday mornings – 8:30-11:30 am
· Weekend Warriors: Every first and second Saturday of the month – 8:30-11:30 am
· Buckthorn Busters: Wednesday mornings - 8:30-11:30 am
· South Savanna – Wednesday afternoons – 1:30-4:30pm
· Honeysuckle Happy Hour: Friday evenings – 2:00-5:00 pm