Chicago Botanic Garden


Volunteer Opportunities

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Discover — and help others discover — a world of wonder and inspiration as a Chicago Botanic Garden volunteer. As a volunteer at the Garden, you have unlimited opportunities to share your talents, explore new areas, and connect with people of all ages.

Volunteers are needed daily to welcome, direct, and inform Garden visitors at the 2014 Wonderland Express holiday event, open November 28 to January 4. High school and college students are also encouraged to apply. 

More than 1,300 volunteers at the Chicago Botanic Garden monitor butterflies, plant annuals, and help in classrooms, the Café, and a hundred other areas. Volunteers greet visitors, serve as tour guides, work in the library, enter plant data, or track rare plants.

Volunteer enthusiasm and dedication inspire the Garden's board, staff, and visitors. The Garden couldn't achieve what it does without volunteers.

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a wonderful place for volunteers to make a contribution to their community, form new friendships, learn new skills, and have fun. You'll find choices to suit your interests, talents, and abilities. Specialized training may be offered to prepare you for your volunteer role. In other cases, experience may be necessary.

A volunteer’s interests, skills, abilities, and availability guide initial placement for orientation and training in a specific service area. Volunteers typically work one half-day per week or two weekend days per month. Contact the Volunteer Services department to discuss other service arrangements.

Whatever your interest or talent, we will explore opportunities for you in the Garden's volunteer program. Consider joining our volunteer family! We hope we will hear from you soon.

—Judy Cashen, director, volunteer administration and engagement

Call (847) 835-8392 for more information.