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

Now accepting applications for Summer Camp 2020 Volunteers only.*

* Any non-camp applications will be held until general Volunteer applications reopen on August 3, 2020. Orientation dates will be posted after applications reopen. Virtual orientations will be available.