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

Upcoming New Volunteer Orientation Dates:

    • Thursday, October 3 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm
    • Sunday, October 6 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm FULL
    • Tuesday, October 22 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
    • Thursday, November 7 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm
    • Thursday, November 14 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm
    • Monday, November 18 from 1:00 – 2:30 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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The Arboretum will be closed Saturday, October 19 for ArBOOretum. ALL GUESTS MUST USE THE 610 ENTRANCE. Click here to purchase tickets and for parking information.