Volunteers are the heart of The North Carolina Arboretum, contributing their time, talents, enthusiasm, and energy to every aspect of operations. The North Carolina Arboretum’s volunteers have been an integral part of the Arboretum’s history and help achieve the mission of cultivating connections between people and plants.
Volunteering at The North Carolina Arboretum
Volunteers learn new skills, make a positive impact on the environment, and advance The North Carolina Arboretum’s mission through their hands-on support of the gardens and programs. All active volunteers who give a minimum of 50 hours of service a year receive a free parking pass for the extent of their commitment. Volunteers also receive discounts at The Savory Thyme Café and Connections Gallery and receive special invites to workshops, events and training.
New volunteers are required to attend a Volunteer Informational Meeting. These meetings are scheduled three times per month from February to October. Generally, they are scheduled on the 2nd Monday from 9:30-11:30 a.m., the last Thursday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. and the last Sunday from 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Volunteers may commit to a weekly, monthly, or “on-call” schedule, based on department needs. Current volunteer opportunities are listed below. After completing a volunteer application, background check and orientation, volunteers train alongside Arboretum staff and experienced volunteers. To learn more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-665-2492 ext. 219. Regular volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.