Arboretum Drive Volunteers
HORTICULTURE: Arboretum Drive Volunteer
The Washington Park Arboretum is developing a new volunteer position hosting monthly projects. Work will be based primarily along Arboretum Drive East, the major corridor through the park, containing nationally recognized plant collections including Camellia, Magnolia, and Sorbus. You will be working in small groups under the supervision of UWBG Horticulturists who welcome anyone to join with
no experience necessary. Our work will focus on restoring, renovating, and maintaining the garden beds and plant collections through sustainable ecological practices. Staff will provide instruction, tools, and plenty of opportunities to learn and be inspired.
Things you should be prepared for:
The weather and terrain: All work is performed outside and often on uneven slopes so please dress appropriately for both the weather and terrain
Clothing: Closed-toed shoes and long pants are mandatory, work gloves will be provided
Nourishment: Snacks and will be provided but you are encouraged to bring your own food and water
Use of manual tools and equipment: Rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, weeding forks, hoes, and loppers.
Collection garden restoration: Brush clearing, weed management, and mulching
Next work party
Dates to follow November 28th, January 2nd, and January 16th
Will continue on Tuesdays twice a month
Contact: Megan Westcott, Horticulturist, 206 616-4050,
firstname.lastname@example.org Climate Ready Landscape Plants Volunteer
Assist in plot maintenance and preparation for the Climate Ready Landscape Plants project at UWBG. This project tests horticultural plants under different drought deficit treatments. Tasks include weeding, planting, mulching the two plots in order to contribute to plant ecophysiology and horticulture research.
Other contacts: Arthur Hsu (email@example.com), and Soo-Hyung Kim, Professor, 206-616-4971, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Amelia Keyser-Gibson, Masters student, ,
email@example.com Fiddleheads Forest School Volunteer
Tucked within the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the Youth and Family Education Programs is the Fiddleheads Forest School
Age Requirement: At least 14 years old.
, an entirely outdoor preschool for students ages three to six. At the Fiddleheads Forest School, we aim to foster a sense of wonder, to guide rather than compel, and to provide room for possibility rather than attempt to constrain children’s interests to fit within a certain curriculum. Unlike traditional programs, at the Forest School our classroom grows and changes along with its students. This dynamic environment offers an unparalleled setting for the development of self-regulation and fundamental appreciation for the natural world. Our unique, child-driven curriculum addresses the individual developmental needs of every student. Each day is approached with joy and wonder at the wide world around us.
This volunteer position will assist the lead teachers with all aspects of implementing a weekly, part-day nature preschool program. This position will assist in classes of up to 14 students while spending the vast majority of that time outdoors, exploring the natural world through age-appropriate lessons and activities.
Weekdays only. Orientation provided.
Assisting lead teachers in the implementation of age-appropriate curriculum, and activities to 3-6 year olds enrolled in a nature preschool. Modeling a healthy relationship with and curiosity for the natural world, and acting in a professional and compassionate manner at all times.
Ensuring the health, safety and well-being of students through site surveys and group overview. Maintaining clear communications with staff, fellow volunteers and interns, students, and their families to achieve common goals and avoid potential conflicts.
Preparing, cleaning up and maintaining teaching supplies and supporting materials in a well-organized and efficient manner.
Enjoys being outdoors in all weathers
Demonstrated interest in areas such as environmental education, early childhood education, special education, or social/emotional impacts of nature on children’s development
Commitment is a minimum of one day per week for the duration of at least one quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer) from 8:45am-1:15pm. We are a licensed preschool program, so all volunteers must pass a background check and provide proof of a negative TB test within the last 12 months. This position is COVID-dependent during the 2023-2024 school year.
Contact: Maddie Cole, Head of Fiddleheads, 206-616-5261,
firstname.lastname@example.org HORTICULTURE: CUH Gardener Assistant
The Center for Urban Horticulture Gardens, including the Union Bay Natural Area (UBNA), are highly visible to the public and require intensive gardening, restoration practices and ongoing maintenance. Plants in these gardens and range from Northwest native species to annuals and herbaceous perennials from overseas that are being tested here. Duties include control of invasive, noxious and general weeds, 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.
**We also have space in our UBNA Restoration Volunteer opportunity. See app below or contact
Sloane Palmer (email@example.com) for more info.
Tuesday mornings, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Requested commitment of two months, including orientation of the CUH grounds and training in the gardens.
General: You should have some knowledge of gardening/grounds duties
Contact: Kristen Johnson, CUH Horticulturist, 206-897-1642,
firstname.lastname@example.org HORTICULTURE: WPA Dedicated Independent Gardener
The WPA D.I.G. volunteers are experienced, long-term volunteers who work semi-independently in a focused
area of the arboretum. D.I.G. volunteers 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 preferred. D.I.G. volunteers must have knowledge of soils, pruning and plant identification.
Although flexible, D.I.G. volunteers are expected to be able to commit a minimum of 3 hours per week for at least 1 years' time.
Contact: Roy Farrow, WPA Grounds Supervisor, (206) 616-4050,
email@example.com Lab/Field Assistant in Plant Ecophysiology Lab
Volunteers work with faculty, graduate students, and researchers in laboratory, greenhouse, and field settings to contribute to plant ecophysiology and ecological horticulture research.
Other Contacts: Arthur Hsu (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Amelia Keyser-Gibson (email@example.com)
This position is not currently available Rare Care General Assistant
Interested in contributing to 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.
This position is not currently available Rare Care Rare Plant Monitor
The application for 2023 training is closed. Applications for 2024 will open early December 2023. The Rare Plant Monitoring program is a citizen science program. Rare Plant Monitors visit populations of rare, native plants throughout Washington State. Volunteers need some basic plant identification skills and knowledge of WA native flora, good observational skills, a sense of adventure, their own transportation, and a few days to spare during the field season (March – October). Some experience in scientific data collection is helpful. PRIOR to applying, please read the responsibilities, qualifications, and expectations of the volunteer position on the
Rare Care webpage.
Minimum commitment includes attendance at an all-day training session (2023 will be virtual) and completion of at least two monitoring assignments over the first two years as a trained monitor.
This position is not currently available Rare Care Seed Collector
Assist Rare Care with collecting seeds for the Miller Seed Vault and the Seeds of Success Project. Seed collecting provides an opportunity to deepen your understanding of plant ecology and observe how variations in weather can drastically affect seed maturation rates and timing.
Rare plant seed collectors contribute to the Miller Seed Vault seed bank by collecting seeds from wild populations of rare native plants around the state of Washington. Rare plant seed collectors need the same skills as Rare Plant Monitors and are required to attend a special training in native plant seed collection methods and protocols. For more information visit the Rare Care website.
Volunteers may also participate in the Seeds of Success Project by assistint with seed collections from wild populations of more common native plants. These seed collections are either contributed to the Kew Millennium Seed Bank at the Royal Botanic Gardens, England, or to the national seed bank for seeds available for use in stabilizing, rehabilitating and restoring public lands. Volunteers participate by locating suitable populations for collection, or by assisting Rare Care staff with seed collections in the field. Collections require walking on uneven terrain and hiking 1 to 3 miles. No prior experience is needed to particate as a Seeds of Success volunteer. 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, visit the
Miller Seed Vault web pages. This position is not currently available Rare Care Volunteer
This position is a placeholder for tracking Rare Care volunteers' hours.
This position is not currently available
UBNA Restoration Volunteer
Want to be part of a group focused on ecological restoration in the Union Bay Natural Area? Join us! Projects will largely consist of invasive species removal and participants should be prepared for manual labor in varying weather conditions.
To start, this group will be meeting twice monthly; hopefully ramping up to weekly work!
Contact: Sloane Palmer, CUH/UBNA Horticulturist, (703)867-1440,