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The gardens depend on people like you! More than 500 volunteers give 10,000 hours each year to the University of Washington Botanic Gardens. Learn new skills while you contribute to plant conservation and education. We have opportunities for everyone.


Printer friendly list of volunteer positions as of July 23, 2014 12:23 PM.

Please note the phone number when deciding where you are most interested in volunteering. Your call is welcome!



Administrative Assistant

Help with various office and record keeping related tasks. Organizational skills and attention to detail are a must. Computer knowledge is important. Duties may include organizing files, creating reports, entering data, reviewing records, filing, compiling information, special project, etc.

Weekly commitment, 2-4 hours per day, 1 days per week.

This position is not currently available



Azalea Way Stewards(AWS)

The AWS is a program sponsored by UWBG and the Arboretum Foundation. Help support the upkeep of our educational WPA plant collections displays along historic Azalea Way. Steward may work with horticulture staff or work independently to supervise and lead work parties. AWS benefits include participating in education and outreach, horticulture training, and other fun events scheduled throughout the calendar year.

24 hrs of volunteer work/year required. Scheduled work parties on first Tuesday and fourth Saturday of the month, except Dec-Feb. Also, every Tuesday is "Drop-In" day. There will be other scheduled outreach and training events offered throughout the year. Requires previous horticulture and leadership experience.

Contact: Kyle Henegar, Pacific Connections Gardener, (206) 616-4050, kyleh24@uw.edu; rhondabush@comcast.net



Class Monitor

Public education classes happen year-round and serve both horticultural enthusiasts and professionals. Class monitors assist instructors - and they get to take the course they monitor for free! Typical duties include opening meeting rooms, helping instructors with room set-ups, handling registration check-ins, assisting with projectors and lights, and closing up the room at the end of class. Scheduling is on a per-class basis.

Contact: Jessica Farmer, Continuing Education Coordinator, (206) 685-8033, jsfarmer@u.washington.edu



Continuing Education General Assistant

UWBG Continuing Education offers programs that serve both public and professional audiences. Volunteers assist staff with a variety of tasks that support the programs. Projects include special projects related to program administration. Strong computer and organizational skills are a plus.

Time commitment varies by project

Contact: Jessica Farmer, Continuing Education Coordinator, (206) 685-8033, jsfarmer@u.washington.edu



CUH Gardener Assistant

The Union Bay Gardens are highly visible to the public and require intensive gardening practices and ongoing maintenance. Plants in these gardens range from Northwest native species to annuals and herbaceous perennials from overseas that are being tested here. Duties include weeding, mulching, planting and plant removal, grooming of paths, light pruning to maintain plant health, perennial plant care including deadheading and division, watering and fertilizing as well as basic plant labeling and inventory.

Tuesday mornings, 9-noon Minimum commitment of two months, including orientation of the UBG grounds and training in the gardens. You should have some knowledge of gardening duties and be willing to work outdoors in all sorts of weather.

Contact: Annie Bilotta, Gardener II, (206) 897-1642, anniebp@uw.edu



Events Publicity Assistant

Help us get the word out about the many fun events and classes offered by UW Botanic Gardens. The primary responsibility is to submit event details to media and community web calendars.

Bi-weekly commitment, 2-3 hours per day, 2-3 days per month.

This position is not currently available



Front Desk Volunteer

This person sits at the Front Desk in Merrill Hall or the Graham Visitor Center and greets visitors as well as answering inquiries. Must have good verbal skills and enjoy working with the public in a front desk position. Must be comfortable using internet and printed resources to help answer questions. This volunteer position is a representative of the UW Botanic Gardens.

A volunteer agrees to work a minimum of two 3-hour shifts per month between 9 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. any day of the week.

Contact: Bryan Pilkington, GVC Front Desk Coordinator, (206) 616-3994, bryanp4@uw.edu



GIS Mapping Assistant

We are migrating our print maps that document the location of trees and shrubs at the Washington Park Arboretum into ArcGIS, a georeferenced database. Needed are inventory assistants who will verify and update collections data by "ground-truthing" in the field at the Arboretum. The job requires both computer work and field work. Attention to detail is a must, plant identification and/or ArcGIS skill appreciated, but not required. Training is provided.

4 hours per week, with a 3 month minimum commitment. Office sessions are held on Monday and Tuesday from 12–5 p.m. and field sessions are held on Wednesday and Thursday from 12–5 p.m. and scheduling is flexible within these times. Alternative times may be arranged after sufficient experienced is gained.

Contact: Keith Ferguson, Registrar, (206) 616-4162, fergus42@uw.edu



Herbarium Assistant

Help process plant specimens by participating in data entry, filing plant specimens, updating collecting lists, and other activities that provide hands-on herbarium experience. Duties include filing herbarium specimens, using Word and Excel programs for data entry, and working with collecting lists and maps.

Contact: Eve Rickenbaker, Herbarium Manager, (206) 685-2589, hydeherb@u.washington.edu



Herbarium Specimen Collector

Get outside and hone your plant ID skills! Use maps and lists to locate and collect specimens in the Arboretum which are eventually deposited in the Hyde Herbarium.

Contact: Eve Rickenbaker, Herbarium Manager, (206) 685-2589, hydeherb@u.washington.edu



Lab/Field Assistant

Work with faculty in a laboratory or field setting in furthering UW research/projects.

This position is not currently available



Library Assistant

Help maintain this vital public resource! The Elisabeth C. Miller Library is the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and answers questions from all over the world. Library assistants perform a variety of tasks, from shelving books and journals, to helping answer reference questions, data entry and special projects as needed.

Visit the Miller Library website to learn more.

Volunteers work a regular schedule of 3-4 hours weekly. Seasonal internships may also be negotiated.

This position is not currently available



PCGS: Cascadia Forest and Entry Garden

Pacific Connections Garden Stewards (PCGS) is a volunteer program sponsored by UW Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation. Stewards help support the upkeep of the Washington Park Arboretum's eco-geographic botanic exhibits known as Pacific Connections Garden featuring 5 floras from around the Pacific Rim. PCGS program benefits include participating in education and outreach, horticulture training, and other fun events scheduled throughout the calendar year. This position specifically encompasses the Cascadia forest (Siskiyous) exhibit and 4 entry gardens (Australia, Cascadia, Chile and China). UWBG horticulturist, Kyle Henegar, provides an exciting work party experience or, if qualified, stewards can work independently and/or supervise volunteer groups.

24 hrs of volunteer work/year required. Scheduled work parties on first Thursday and second Saturday of the month, except Dec-Feb. Also, every Thursday is "Drop-In" day. There will be other scheduled outreach and training events offered throughout the year. Previous horticulture and leadership experience preferred for those stewards eager to work independently and/or lead other volunteer groups.

Contact: Kyle Henegar, Pacific Connections Gardener, (206) 616-4050, kyleh24@uw.edu; rhondabush@comcast.net



PCGS: New Zealand Forest and Entry Garden

Pacific Connections Garden Stewards (PCGS) is a volunteer program sponsored by UW Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation. Stewards help support the upkeep of the Washington Park Arboretum's eco-geographic botanic exhibits known as Pacific Connections Garden featuring 5 floras from around the Pacific Rim. PCGS program benefits include participating in education and outreach, horticulture training, and other fun events scheduled throughout the calendar year. This position specifically encompasses the New Zealand forest and entry garden exhibit. UWBG horticulturist, Kathleen DeMaria, provides an exciting work party experience or, if qualified, stewards can work independently and/or supervise volunteer groups

24 hrs of volunteer work/year required. Scheduled work parties on first Thursday and second Saturday of the month, except Dec-Feb. Also, every Thursday is "Drop-In" day. There will be other scheduled outreach and training events offered throughout the year. Previous horticulture and leadership experience preferred for those stewards eager to work independently and/or lead other volunteer groups.

Contact: Kathleen DeMaria, PCG-NZ Horticulturist, 206-616-4050, kd6@uw.edu



Plant Records Assistant

The Plant Records Office houses a records center for all plants in the Arboretum which serves as the primary basis for collection interpretation, management and planning. Assist with keeping this vital information current through field inventory and data entry. Become better acquainted with the Arboretum, its diverse collection and the record system. This is an exceptional opportunity to 'dig deeper' and become more familiar with the largest woody plant collection in the region. Duties include: inventory of specified collection areas or taxonomic groups, verification of field status against record data, plant label placement, updating computer records and maps.

Activities are year-round. Commitment of 4 hours per week, with a 3 month minimum commitment. Office sessions are held on Monday and Tuesday from 12–5 p.m. and field sessions are held on Wednesday and Thursday from 12–5 p.m. and scheduling is flexible within these times. You should be attentive to detail and eager to learn. Knowledge of horticultural plant materials is highly desirable but not required.

Contact: Keith Ferguson, Registrar, (206) 616-4162, fergus42@uw.edu



Rare Care General Assistant

Interested in contributingto rare plant conservation by assisting Rare Care with office projects? Volunteers assist Rare Care staff with a variety of tasks that support the rare plant monitoring and seed collecting programs. Projects may include rare plant literature research, mailings or digital image labeling and filing. Strong computer and organizational skills are a plus.

Contact: Wendy Gibble, Rare Care Program Manager, (206) 616-0780, rarecare@uw.edu



Rare Care Rare Plant Monitor

UPDATE: March 1, 2014 training is full. Next training will be in early 2015; dates and cities TBA.

Volunteer rare plant monitors visit populations of rare native plants throughout Washington State. Volunteers need some botanical training, good observation skills, a sense of adventure, their own transportation, and a few days to spare during the field season (Mar-Oct). For more information, including a volunteer position description and dates for trainings and application deadlines, visit the Rare Care website.

Minimum commitment includes attendance at an all-day training session and Completion of at least two monitoring assignments over two years. Each assignment may require two site visits.

This position is not currently available



Rare Care Seed Vault Assistant

Help Rare Care preserve seeds of rare plants for perpetuity. Seed vault assistants help with cleaning, counting and packaging seeds of rare native plants for long-term storage in the Miller Seed Vault. Volunteers work in the Miller Seed Vault processing room, a climate-controlled environment with an ambient temperature of 57 degrees F and a relative humidity of 22%. Working with seeds requires a strong attention to detail. You'll handle very small seeds with hand tools. For more information about the seed vault, vist the Miller Seed Vault webpage.

Contact: Wendy Gibble, Rare Care Program Manager, (206) 616-0780, rarecare@uw.edu



Special Events/Outreach Assistant

The UW Botanic Gardens sponsors events that attract many visitors, and these rely on volunteers to plan, publicize, set-up, and carry out the activities. Utilize your special talents, or just have a strong desire to help make special events a success.

This position is not currently available



Survey Assistant

Assist Arboretum staff with surveying grid points and plants. Tasks include moving and guarding surveying equipment, holding and tying back shrubs, data collection and other related activities. No experience required, but an interest in surveying is helpful.

Four hours per week, Three month commitment.

Contact: Ryan Garrison, Gardener II, (206) 616-4050, rgarris@uw.edu



UW Farm Volunteer

Do you want to learn about and help grow fresh, locally grown food? Would you like to learn the intricate techniques of sustainable urban agriculture? The UW Farm provides an excellent opportunity to explore this in a peer-to-peer learning environment. Get on the sustainable agriculture bandwagon, and let’s give ourselves a brighter, healthier, yummier future!

Work varies from season to season from preparing the soil and readying tools and supplies to planting, tending, and harvesting to preparing the produce for sale. Get your hands dirty and your mind growing while helping the UW Farm prepare for the upcoming growing season and learn about the many aspects of urban sustainable agriculture as well as gain some key skills and knowledge about local plants and growing cycles.

There are 2 primary work sites, one at the UW Botanic Gardens’ Center for Urban Horticulture on the east side of the UW-Seattle campus and one at the new Mercer Court dorms on the west side of the UW-Seattle campus.

Weekly commitment can range from 2-10 hours per week for at least 4 weeks.

Contact: Sarah Geurkink, UW Farm Manager, 206-550-4169, sgeurk@uw.edu



UWBG Arborist Assistant

Volunteers will assist UWBG arborist with aerial pruning, tree removals, and tree health improvement projects. Duties may include dragging and stacking brush, weeding and mulching existing tree rings and creating new tree rings. Aerial tree work and use of power equipment is permitted only if the individual is a licensed, bonded, and insured ISA certified arborist in good standing.

WEEKDAYS ONLY!

Contact: Christopher Watson, Lead Gardener / Arborist, (206) 616-4050, cmwatson@uw.edu



Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Recruitment

  • Devise and implement volunteer recruitment strategies
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other volunteer organizations within the area
  • Develop, promote and maintain a wide range of volunteer opportunities with the UWBG

Volunteer Training/Evaluation and Staffing

  • Coordinate and facilitate orientation training
  • Maintain volunteer policies, procedures and standards of volunteer service

Volunteer Retention

  • Assist the Volunteer Committee in organizing the annual volunteer appreciation event
  • Motivate, support, monitor and accredit volunteers for the works they have accomplished
  • Collaborate with Unit Supervisors to identify volunteer need and volunteer job descriptions

Volunteer Management, Tracking and Reporting

  • Provide timely statistical and activity reports on volunteer participation
  • Maintain Volunteer Job Descriptions
  • Attend Volunteer Committee Meetings

4-6 hours per week, Monday through Friday and occasional weekends.

This position is not currently available



WPA Adult Garden Guide

Introduce the public to the Arboretum and its collections through 60-90 minute tours. Tour themes include seasonal interest, history and ecology of Foster Island , native plants and ethnobotany. A background in botany, ecology or horticulture is helpful. Teaching experience is a plus!

Volunteers lead guided tours during the week or on weekends. You should be willing to work in inclement weather and have time to attend training and enrichment programs. Commitment of two tours per month on a seasonal or year-round basis.

Contact: Lisa Sanphillippo, WPA Education Program, (206) 616-3381, lsanphil@u.washington.edu



WPA Garden Steward

The Garden Stewards are experienced, long-term volunteers who work semi-independently in a focused area of the arboretum. Stewards choose their own worksite, work with a staff horticulturist to plan and prioritize the needs of the garden and are able to accomplish the work on their own. Tools and materials are provided. An AA degree in horticulture or related field, or work equivalent is required. Garden Stewards must have knowledge of soils, pruning and plant identification.

WEEKDAYS ONLY! Although flexible, Garden Stewards are expected to be able to commit a minimum of 3 hours per week for at least 1 years’ time.

Contact: Roy Farrow, Gardener II, (206) 616-4050, farrow@uw.edu



WPA Gardener Assistant

Work on a variety of plant care and grounds maintenance activities. Learn about the maintenance and development of plant collections. Duties include: weeding, mulching, planting, and other horticulture activities. Hand-tools and work gloves provided. Work boots, rain-gear and long pants recommended. Use of power equipment and utility vehicles is prohibited unless the volunteer is licensed and bonded under ISA certified specs.

WEEKDAYS ONLY! Work takes place rain or shine. Volunteers work as a group Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Minimum commitment of four Tuesdays preferred. Alternate days may be arranged within staff work hours (M-F, 7a.m.-3:30 p.m.).

Contact: Roy Farrow, Gardener II, (206) 616-4050, farrow@uw.edu



WPA Junior Summer Camp Guide

Camp Overview: Our day-camp curricula are designed in support of our mission: to promote environmental conservation through education and recreation. To achieve this we focus on hands-on exploration, play and the concept of “learning by doing”. Depending on the weekly theme, campers may become ethnobotanists, urban farmers or field biologists all while learning about the importance of teamwork and sustainability.

General Duties: This position is ideal for high school students interested in working with children outside in nature. No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm for kids, playing outside and gaining leadership skills. Junior Summer Camp Guides will assist Summer Garden Guides to plan and provide an exceptional day camp experience. Each Summer Garden Guide will be paired with a Junior Summer Camp Guide and together they will be responsible for a group of up to 12 campers. Junior summer camp guides will collaborate with their Summer Garden Guide to determine their role and responsibilities within the group.

Junior Summer Camp Guides will have the opportunity to lead games and activities with the guidance of their Summer Garden Guide. This position is designed to provide experience and skills in teaching and working with children, expand environmental knowledge and guide teens in developing leadership skills.

Job Duration: 5 weeks of camp and 2 days camp training.
Dates and Times: July 5 & 6 (training), July 9-13, 16-20, 23-27, 30-Aug 3; Aug 6-10 8:30am-3:30pm each day.

Contact: Sarah Heller, Community Programs Coordinator , 206-2216427, sshort@uw.edu



WPA Saplings School Program Guide

Use your naturalist skills and desire to teach and be taught by students pre-k through 12th grade leading 90 minute tours on the grounds of one of the most spectacular places in Seattle - Washington Park Arboretum. Training is provided prior to each season in the fall and spring.

Please be willing to work in all kinds of weather at least once a week for a 2.5 hour shift and have time to attend trainings and enrichments.

Contact: Lisa Sanphillippo, WPA Education Program, (206) 616-3381, lsanphil@u.washington.edu



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