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:

 

Administrative/Clerical

Conservation Programs

Education Programs

Groups (Corporate, Religious, School, Service)

Special Programs & Events

Now accepting applications for Winter Camp Assistants!

Join us January 2nd through 4th as we bring Goosebumps & Mysteries to life. Volunteers will support our Naturalist staff as they educate students ages 4-12 about the creatures of the night. Must be 16+ to apply.

All Winter Camp Assistants must attend one of the following Orientations:

  • Sunday, December 16 from 9:30 – 11:00 am
  • Thursday, December 20 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm

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

If you apply after December 20, 2018, your application will be reviewed starting in January of 2019. At that time we will contact you with our January New Volunteer Orientation Dates.

Upcoming New Volunteer Orientation Dates:

  • Wednesday, November 28 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 6 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 15 from 9:30 – 11:00 am

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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