Volunteering during Winter Lights
Looking for ways to give back this season? Volunteer with us at Winter Lights! Last year, we were grateful to have more than 200 volunteers donate over 4,000 hours during the course of the event. From greeters to fire pit attendants to G-scale train operators, there are a variety of volunteer positions available. Opportunities are available for individuals and groups aged 18 or older.
Volunteers that complete three shifts will receive two complimentary tickets to attend the show or pass on to a friend!
All volunteers should visit VolunteerHub to register and sign up for volunteer opportunities. To sign up for events, simply click “sign up” on the shift (or event) that you are interested in. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up for 2 shifts or more during the 48 nights of Winter Lights, and there are special benefits for volunteers who work three or more shifts.
- When you sign up, registered volunteers will receive a confirmation email with the training materials attached. Volunteers should read over the appropriate training materials prior to reporting for their shift.
- Training sessions are offered on November 13, 14 and 19, 2019 from 5:30-7:15 p.m. and cover all of the specifics on when, where and how to report to the event. Training is required for new volunteers.
- Winter Lights volunteer shifts are scheduled from 5:30-10:30 p.m., seven days a week. We recommend that volunteers give themselves ample time to arrive on campus by 5:30 p.m. You should consider work, commute times and other engagements before signing up for events.
- Winter Lights will take place rain or shine. In the event of a severe weather warning or other unforeseen condition, we may have to cancel Winter Lights for the evening. Event cancellation will be decided no later than 3:00 p.m. on the date of the event. Cancellation notice will be posted on the homepage of the Arboretum’s website www.ncarboretum.org. We will attempt to contact volunteers by phone or email regarding cancellation as soon as possible.