Current volunteer opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at The Morton Arboretum.

Our robust volunteer program expands Joy Morton’s founding vision through the efforts of over 1,300 volunteers. 


Collections and Display Gardens (Weekdays - April–October)

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 18+ years old and willing to make a weekly commitment from April- October. Click here for more information.

Natural Area Volunteers (April–October)

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 year-round natural area groups; spaces are limited. Volunteers must be 18+ years old and willing to make a weekly commitment from April- October. Click here for more information or here to view a short video and learn about volunteer service in the Natural Areas.

Research Volunteers (Weekdays - April - October)

Desiring an opportunity to contribute to SCIENCE? Volunteers are needed to assist with various research projects within our labs. Volunteers must be 18+ years.  Click here for more information.

To ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, visitors, and organization, we would like to remind you that volunteers must meet assignment-specific age requirements in order to participate in our volunteer program. Furthermore, volunteers may not bring children/dependents for whom they are responsible for to volunteer assignments, as doing so presents liability concerns for our organization.


In addition, it is required that all interested applicants complete an interview prior to participating in any volunteer assignments— this step must be completed in order to best align your volunteer interests with the needs of our volunteer program.


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