Volunteer Opportunities

Nature Needs You – Join our Volunteers!

Volunteers at the Houston Arboretum

If you enjoy being outdoors or sharing your love of nature with others, consider joining the volunteers at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. Our volunteers benefit from the training that’s provided – whether it’s learning new skills for your volunteer job or expanding your knowledge of the natural history of our area.

Training can be done on-the-job for some volunteer positions,  while others require attending a training session and possibly shadowing staff or an experienced volunteer. Opportunities are available both weekends and weekdays.

There are five categories of volunteer opportunities. To see the different volunteer jobs available please click the categories below:


Conservation Programs

Education Programs

Groups (Corporate, Religious, School, Service)

Special Programs & Events

How to Apply:

  • All applicants must complete the Volunteer Application, a Background Check, and if under 18, a Parent/Guardian form.
  • Approved applicants will be contacted for an interview.
  • There is a $25 nonrefundable charge for all new Volunteers to cover processing costs.
    • All new Volunteers will be offered an Arboretum Volunteer visor and a free one-year Volunteer Membership with discounts on Nature Shop purchases, Adult Classes, and Plant Sales!

We are an approved Master Naturalist Volunteer Service & Advanced Training site.

For more information, email the Volunteer Programs Manager

Interested in becoming a Summer Camp Assistant?

We are now accepting Volunteer Applications for Summer Camp Assistants! Join us this summer and earn service hours, expand your resume, and learn on the job about classroom management and natural science. All applicants must fill out an application below and RSVP to one of the three mandatory Camp Orientation dates. Each opportunity is a one-week minimum commitment. Must be 16 or older to apply.

Summer Camp Orientation Dates

    • Saturday, May 25 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Thursday, May 30 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm
    • Saturday, June 1 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Upcoming New Volunteer Orientation Dates:

    • Thursday, April 18 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm FULL
    • Wednesday, April 24 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm
    • Wednesday, May 8 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm
    • Saturday, May 11 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm
    • Tuesday, May 14 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm
    • Saturday, June 1 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Once you have submitted your Volunteer Application, select one of the above orientation dates and RSVP with Anica Haymes at ahaymes@houstonarboretum.org to confirm your spot. If none of these dates work with your schedule, please check back next month for new dates.


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