A wide range of volunteer opportunities are available with the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association, both at VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory. Over 1000 volunteers contribute their time and talents in education, visitor experience, special events, governance, administration, fundraising and special events. Volunteers are pivotal to our work and enhancing visitors’ learning and engagement experience; contributing to our mandate to connect people to plants and help them understand their role in Earth’s ecosystems. Continue reading below for more information about the variety of opportunities to volunteer.
Attending an orientation session is your first step to becoming a volunteer, pre-registration is required. Email us to register.
- Saturday, September 9, 2017
- Saturday, November 4, 2017
Please contact Heidi Jakop, Director, Volunteer Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.257.8674 for further information. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter via email att. Heidi Jakop and please note the positions you are interested in.
As Garden ambassadors, VanDusen Guides invite visitors to explore and learn more about the Garden and the amazing world of plants. By offering dynamic guided tours and acting as information resources, Guides help visitors connect with VanDusen’s beautiful 55-acre garden. Guided walking and cart tours are offered daily from April to October, walking tours are also available Sunday afternoons year round weather permitting. Read the full position description>>
School Program Leaders
School Program Leaders engage K-4 students in interactive outdoor field trips at the Garden. Leaders work with small groups of children during 90-minute programs in the fall and spring, rain or shine. New leaders receive hands-on training in September and March, plus ample time to shadow experienced leaders before taking their own groups.
Summer Day Camps
Volunteers help our summer camp staff to run active, outdoors, nature-based programs for children ages 5 – 11. Training is offered in late June and programs run all July and August. Ideal for students ages 16 and up.
Assist instructors during courses in the Adult Education program. This is primarily an evening and weekend opportunity and may involve helping instructors to set up, take attendance/registration, administer evaluations, and clean up.
+-Office Support and Special Projects
Varied clerical activities include telephoning, mailings and data entry.
Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
The Volunteer Engagement Coordinator provides volunteer coordination and administrative support to the Director, Volunteer Engagement, for various events and programs throughout the year. Read the full position description>>
Soil Sale Event Coordinator
The Soil Sale Coordinator oversees the planning, sales, event execution and post event debrief for the twice annual VanDusen Compost, Topsoil and Manure Sale. The spring (final Sat. of Feb. or first Sat. of Mar.) and fall (last Sat. in Sept) events fundraise $20,000 – 30,000 annually. Read the full position description>>
Help keep the public informed about VanDusen Garden by distributing promotional material to selected locations (garden centers, libraries, community centers).
Assist with maintenance in the Garden. Activities include monitoring condition of benches and cleaning interpretation panels and sculptures. Some muscle work may be required.
Make display labels and place in Garden beds to assist visitors with identification of plants.
Volunteers staff the library on weekends and evenings.
Seed collectors collect, catalogue and preserve many varieties of seeds produced in the Garden that are sold in the Garden Shop and on the webstore. Volunteers can choose to attend Tuesdays or Sundays from 9:30am to 11:30am.
The Member Services Volunteer supports the Membership Program and is the first point of contact for current and potential new members to VanDusen Botanical Gardens on weekends and statutory holidays. The Member Services Volunteer processes memberships and provides information regarding a variety of programs and services offered at both the VanDusen Botanical Gardens and the Bloedel Conservatory. Read the full position description>>
Visitor and Member Services
Visitor and Member Services volunteers act as hosts and ambassadors of the Gardens through welcoming visitors, promoting memberships and Garden activities, as well as answering questions related to the garden and tourism. Read the full position description>>
Volunteers assist with a variety of positions, making these events possible. This is a great opportunity for students, families and groups to have fun and make a difference in the Gardens and the community.
- Soil Sale: Volunteers assist with bagging product prior to the event (really important!), assist with loading product into vehicles, accepting payment and with traffic control for the pre-sale days (mid-week the week prior to the event) and for the event day (last weekend in September).
- Festival of Lights: Please join us to work behind the scenes to stage this magical annual seasonal event. Volunteers work in teams to test light bulbs in a fun and friendly setting while enjoying terrific company and tasty refreshments. Shifts are weekdays from September 18 – November 3 from 10am-2pm
- Manure Sale: first weekend in March
- Plant Sale: last weekend in April