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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 most volunteer positions. Opportunities are available both weekends and weekdays.

Summer Opportunities for TEENS: Ages 13-18

This summer, we will not be holding the Arboretum’s traditional Summer Camp experience, however, we will have on-site children’s programming and conservation opportunities open to teens. All activities below are eligible for approved community service hours to our non-profit nature sanctuary.

Teen Trail Team

Join us in our conservation efforts this summer while working closely with Arboretum staff to maintain our 155 acres of habitats. This will be an outdoor activity that takes place on Tuesday mornings from 9 am – Noon. Projects include: planting native trees, mulching trails, enhancing habitats for native animals, removing invasive species, and more. This is a good workout and way to stay active all summer long while doing good for your community!

There will be two, five week sessions available with the potential of acquiring 15 volunteer hours per session. Missed Tuesdays will be factored into the individual’s final hour count as needed.

Session One: June 15th – July 13th (pizza party July 13th 12 – 1 pm)
Session Two: July 20th – August 17th (pizza party August 17th 12 – 1 pm)

Naturalist Assistants – Summer Nature Adventures

We are looking for a team of 5-10 teens to join us in our education efforts this summer. Experience what goes into running nature/science classes, learn classroom management skills, and interact with children of all ages. Volunteers should be interested in working with children & families.

Naturalist staff will lead the way as students participate in daily themed experiments, nature encounters, hikes, games, and more! Dates start Monday, June 7th and go through August 13th. Volunteers require a minimum pledge of 20 hours for this program.

Tiny Trekkers – Monday (9 am – 3 pm) pre-school group
Discovery Days – Tuesday (9 am – 12 pm) 5-12 year old group
Water Features – Wednesday (8:45 am – 12:30 pm) 5-12 year old group
Art in the Outdoors – Thursday (8:45 am – 12:30 pm) 5-12 year old group
So You Want to be a Scientist – Friday (8:45 am – 12:30 pm) 5-12 year old group

How to Apply:
• Choose your program(s)
• Fill out the Teen Summer Application below
• Plan to attend one of three orientation dates: Thursday, May 20th; Saturday, May 22nd; or Saturday, June 5th.

Standard Opportunities: Ages 16 and up

There are five categories of volunteer opportunities:

Conservation Programs
Education Programs
Groups (Corporate, School, Service, etc.)

Click here for more information on Group Volunteer Opportunities.

Special Programs & Events

How to Apply:

• All applicants must complete the Volunteer Application, a Background Check, and/or a Parent/Guardian form for those under 18 years of age.
• Applications are accepted in off and on throughout the year based on need.
• Once application is submitted, the volunteer manager will reach out to schedule a New Volunteer Orientation in order to get you onboard the Arboretum team.
• There is a $25 (cash/credit) nonrefundable charge for all new Volunteers due at orientation to cover processing costs.
• All approved new Volunteers will be offered an Arboretum Volunteer visor and a free one-year Volunteer Membership with free parking, 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.

Volunteer Application are currently OPEN.

Application may take 5-10 business days to process.