Volunteer

Getting Involved

Thank you for your interest in volunteering your time and talents with the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association!

Your first step to start volunteering in completing the volunteer application form, then you may sign up for currently available volunteer opportunities. Click here to complete a volunteer application and see our volunteer opportunities   

A wide range of volunteer opportunities are available with the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association, both at VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory. 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.

The mission of VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory is to engage people of all ages and walks of life in the importance of biodiversity to our lives, and to foster a lifelong love of plants and gardens by virtue of their participation in our programs and services. We’re excited that you are interested in volunteering to be a part of this mission!

Please contact Heidi Jakop, Director, Volunteer Engagement at hjakop@vandusen.org  or 604.257.8674 for further information.

Thank you again for your support!

  • +Education

    Guides – currently recruiting

    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. Read the full position description>>


    Education Program Hosts

    Education Program Hosts ensure courses and education events run smoothly and successfully. They assist instructors and act as hosts, enhancing the visitor experience by creating a warm and welcoming environment. Read the full position description>>


    Summer Camp Volunteers – currently recruiting

    Assist Camp Leaders to prepare and conduct outdoor, hands-on, activity-based camps at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Camp programs are designed to foster inquiry, discovery, understanding and appreciation for nature, and the importance of plants in our lives.

  • +Office Support and Special Projects

    Administrative Assistant

    Administrative Assistants provide support to select team leaders and directors throughout the association’s many programs and offices. Read the full position description>>

    Administrative Assistant – Adult Education

    Provides administrative assistance to the Adult Education Coordinator and aides in managing course preparation, evaluation, promotion and registration. Read the full position description>>


    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>>


    Community Ambassadors

    Help keep the public informed about VanDusen Garden by distributing promotional material to selected locations (garden centers, libraries, community centers).


    Soil Sale Coordinator – currently recruiting

    The Soil Sale Coordinator works alongside the existing Soil Sale Coordinator to oversee 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>>

  • +Garden Activities

    Garden Guerillas

    Assist with maintenance in the Garden. Activities include monitoring condition of benches and cleaning interpretation panels and sculptures. Some muscle work may be required.


    Seed Collectors

    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. Read the full position description>>

  • +Guest Services

    Member Services

    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 weekdays. 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 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>>


    Library Weekend Volunteer

    The Library Weekend Volunteer opens and supervises the library, working independently during weekend hours when librarian is not present. Read the full position description>>

  • +Special Events

    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.

    • Plant Sale:Come join us for the 40th annual Plant Sale at VanDusen Gardens on April 29th! This is our largest event of the year that welcomes nearly 14,000 visitors in a single day! It takes over 400 pairs of volunteer hands to help make such an incredible day happen for our visitors – we truly couldn’t do it without them. Volunteers perform a wide variety of valuable services and roles that help this event run efficiently and effectively!Your first step to start volunteering is completing the volunteer application form, then you may sign up for currently available volunteer opportunities. Click here to complete a volunteer application and see our volunteer opportunities