Volunteering at Fairchild 

Volunteers let a few hours of their time blossom into a world of new experiences while working in the beautiful environment of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.  Fairchild volunteers have been an integral part of the garden’s history and contribute to every aspect of Fairchild operations.

A diverse group of people, volunteers learn new skills, make a positive impact in the community and the world and advance Fairchild’s mission by participating in Fairchild’s horticulture, education, conservation, visitor experience, visitor services, membership and special events programs.

Fairchild volunteers also have access to a wide range of classes and training opportunities. All active Fairchild volunteers who give a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer work a year are part of the Friends of Fairchild organization which hosts lectures, field trips and social activities.   




Volunteer Information Days are held throughout the year to inform Fairchild members and the public about volunteer opportunities and requirements. Following the application and interview process, volunteers are selected for programs based on their experience, skills and availability. In certain program areas a second placement interview is required. The types and numbers of openings for volunteers vary considerably throughout the year.

Learn more about volunteering during one of the following Volunteer Information Days for Prospective Volunteers.


Saturday, September 13, 2014
Visitor Center Ballroom

For reservations and information, please call 305.667.1651 ext. 3360. 

More information about volunteering at Fairchild

  • Volunteer jobs require a minimum commitment of 3 - 4 hours per week for 3 months.
  • Minimum age for Fairchild volunteers is 16. A limited number of short-term opportunities are available for students requiring community service hours. Contact the Volunteer department 305.667.1651, ext. 3364 for more information.
  • Contact the Volunteer department at 305.667.1651, ext. 3324 for additional information about volunteering.
  • Explore this website for volunteer opportunities at Fairchild.

Volunteer Opportunities are available in the following programs:

Volunteer Opportunities for Students

Volunteer Views

The Volunteer Views is the informative newsletter for Fairchild volunteers published three times a year. Download the current issue:

Volunteer Views Sept 2013 


Volunteer Department Staff 

Arlene Ferris, Director of Volunteer Services
Paula McNicholas, Database and Communications Coordinator
Niki Saylor, Program Assistant

Contact Us

Telephone: 305.667.1651 extension 3324
E-mail: volunteer@fairchildgarden.org
Office Hours: Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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