Volunteers work with Arboretum staff to create illustrations for publications when needed. Weekdays, on call schedule.
Volunteers work with Arboretum staff to produce newsletters, handouts and brochures. Weekdays, on call schedule.
Office Support (Year Round)
Work behind the scenes to help keep general operations running smoothly. Help with answering phones, mailings, filing, editing, news clippings, data entry and other special projects for a variety of departments. Weekdays, a.m. & p.m. shifts.
Volunteers use personal skills and expertise to document special events, education programs, and volunteer activities. Weekdays and weekends, on call schedule.
**Garden Guides (April-October)
Lead guided interpretive tours in the exhibit gardens during peak visitor season. This position is best suited for volunteers with a love of learning and a desire of sharing knowledge with a diverse array of visitors. Tours last 1-1.5 hours. Weekdays & weekends, a.m. & p.m. tours. Training Session Required
Trail Guides (April-November)
Lead guided interpretive tours on the trails during peak visitor season. Volunteers may lead drop-in public tours on Tuesday and Saturday afternoons, as well as, private group tours. This position is best suited for volunteers with a love of learning and sharing knowledge with a diverse array of visitors. Tours last 1- 3 hours. Weekdays & weekends, a.m. & p.m. tours. Training Session Required
All youth Education volunteers are required to complete background check, training and screening provided by Youth Education staff.
Aid in data collection to enable long term study of the occurrences and behaviors of native plants and animals found at the Arboretum. This includes monitoring of seasonal characteristics and sightings of trees, wildflowers, butterflies, amphibians, reptiles and song birds. Volunteers collect data independently or in small groups. Data is checked by staff and returned to volunteer to be entered into national and regional databases. Weekdays and weekends, flexible schedule. Volunteers will average 2-3 hours of fieldwork per outing. Seasonal commitments.
Discovery Camp Assistant
Assist staff with Summer Discovery Camps and you’ll get to splash around creeks, observe wildlife, build forts and hike with children grades Pk-8. Background check required. Daily 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
ecoEXPLORE Hot Spot Garden
Maintain pollinator gardens and bird feeders that are utilized by children to make nature observations at the Asheville Public Libraries. Flexible weekly schedule.
EXPLOREcorps (formerly Counselors-in-Training)
EXPLOREcorps volunteers assist staff with Summer Discovery Camps, and other youth and family programs, to ensure a positive and rewarding experience for our young participants. Current high school students (rising 9th-12th grade) with an interest in working with youth and outdoor education are eligible to apply. Click here for EXPLOREcorps information
Support the geocaching program at the Arboretum by ensuring that the geocaches on the property are properly maintained and loaner equipment is in good working order. Previous experience with geocaching, handheld GPS units and navigating trails is required. Weekdays and weekends, flexible schedule. Volunteer will average 2-3 hours of fieldwork per outing. Seasonal commitment.
Assist staff with the Wee Naturalist program, a guided education experience for children ages 2-5 with a parent or guardian. Activities may include a craft, story and outdoor experience based on a monthly theme. Mondays and Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Minimum commitment is one season-September- November or February- May.
Assist staff with behind the scenes membership mailings, data entry and other special projects. Volunteers may also help our membership activities at special events including educating the public about benefits and processing new memberships. Weekdays and weekends, a.m. & p.m. shifts.
Assist with set up and take down of seasonal exhibits. Activities require physical ability to lift and move heavy exhibit materials and follow detailed direction. On occasion there is also need for volunteers to assist with exhibit ticket sales and hosting. Weekdays and weekends. Due to the seasonal nature of the exhibits schedule, volunteers are on-call to assist as available.
**Rocky Cove Railroad (April-October)
Oversee and troubleshoot the operation of g-scale model train, greet visitors and answer basic questions about the railroad exhibit. Weekends, p.m. shifts.
**Carpentry (Year Round)
Assist with indoor and outdoor building projects, carpentry, wood working and odd jobs. Previous experience is required. Weekdays, a.m. & p.m. shifts. Due to the sporadic nature of the projects, volunteers are on-call to assist as available.
**Gift Shop/Connections Gallery (Year Round)
Assist with customer service and point of sale support. Weekdays/weekends, a.m. & p.m. shifts. Training session required
**Information Desk (Year Round)
Our Information Desk volunteers provide a welcoming atmosphere as they greet and direct visitors to points of interest at the Arboretum. Volunteers are stationed in the Baker Exhibit Center and Education Center. This position is best suited for volunteers who enjoy ongoing learning and working with a diverse array of visitors. Two shifts per month minimum and occasional education sessions. Weekdays/weekends, a.m. & p.m. shifts. Training Session Required
Bonsai Exhibition Garden
Volunteer needed to assist with maintenance of Bonsai Exhibition Garden. Weekdays a.m. shifts.
Volunteers assist in craft workshops or making and installing floral arrangements. Weekdays, on call schedule.
Learn new gardening techniques while you help maintain a variety of unique exhibit gardens at the Arboretum. Activities include planting, weeding, mulching, pruning, and other seasonal garden maintenance. Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, a.m. shifts.
The Germplasm Repository is a comprehensive seed bank for the long-term conservation of native, medicinal, and traditional food species. The lab also collaborates with researchers to aid with the supply and long-term storage of these medicinal and nutraceutical plants for research and conservation. Volunteers assist in these efforts through plant and seed collection, mounting and cataloging herbarium specimens and helping with other special projects. Weekdays, a.m. & p.m. shifts, seasonally.
Assist horticulture staff with plant propagation for display gardens and seasonal exhibits. Weekdays, a.m. shifts.
Weekly commitment to help with mowing, weeding and outside garden areas. Tuesdays a.m. shifts.
RCRR Miniature Garden Crew
Volunteer needed to assist with maintenance of Rocky Cove Railroad garden. Wednesdays a.m. shifts.
Assist with cataloging, shelving, and maintaining library inventory. Previous library experience is required. Weekdays, a.m. & p.m. shifts.
Help spread the word of the Arboretum happenings throughout the year. Opportunities include poster distribution, photography, outreach events and more. Weekdays and weekends, on call schedule.
**Restoration & Trails (Year-Round)
Learn more about the Arboretum’s natural areas & trails while helping preserve the native eco-systems. Activities include the removal of non-native, invasive plants. Fall/winter work involves the use of loppers and hand saws as well as cutting, dragging, and piling brush. Spring/summer work primarily involves hand weeding. Volunteers may also help with general trail maintenance activities include lining, clearing of fallen debris, pruning trailside plants, erosion control, litter pick up, and some limited construction projects. Weekdays, a.m. shifts.
Get involved with a more flexible schedule.
**Various Weekend & Evening Events (Year-Round)
Volunteer at member, youth and weekend events including Nature Play Day, Mountain Science Expo, Nature Play Day, members-only previews and special events. Weekend, a.m. & p.m. shifts.
**WNC Orchid Society (March)
Greet and direct the public to points of interest at this event including orchid displays, commercial vendors, orchids and supplies for sale and informational talks and demonstrations on various aspects of orchid culture. Weekend, a.m. & p.m. shifts.
Carolina Bonsai Expo (October)
Greet and direct visitors to points of interest at this popular annual event. Activities include a formal display, vendor sale and demonstrations. Weekend, a.m. & p.m. shifts.
Volunteers are needed to assist visitors as they enjoy a light projection show synchronized to live music from the Blue Ridge Orchestra. Volunteer positions include Greeter, Admissions, Way Finding, and Ushers. Weekdays & weekends, evening shifts.
Winter Lights Prep
While Winter Lights only takes place from November 16 until January 1, there’s always opportunities to help with the preparation. Volunteer teams are now being formed to help behind the scenes to create music playlists, light displays, and decorations. Weekdays, regular shifts from July until November.
Winter Lights (Late November-early January)
Please check back in October for a full listing of opportunities and to learn how to apply. Many hands make “light” work! Hundreds of volunteers are needed to welcome visitors as they walk through a lighted, winter wonderland and experience the Arboretum in a whole new way. Volunteers will enjoy a fun, behind the scenes experience of the event while assisting variety of volunteer positions including Admissions, Gift Shop, Way Finding, Fire Pits, G-Scale Train Operators, and Family Activities. Weekdays & weekends, evening shifts.
** Volunteers needed now!