Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has a world-class collection of tropical plants with an emphasis on palms, cycads, fruit and flowering trees, and vines. Fairchild’s collection has local, national and international significance as a resource for research and education as well as providing a major cultural and visitor attraction for South Florida.
Volunteers work with the Horticulture team to maintain and beautify Fairchild’s 83 acres. Volunteers are generally assigned to a particular area of focus including water gardening, heliconias, the vine pergola, palms, the tropical flower garden, Fairchild’s rainforest or conservatory or the Fairchild nursery. Volunteer duties include weeding, pruning, planting, repotting and propagating.
Horticulture volunteers work outside in a variety of South Florida weather conditions. Gardening experience is helpful though not a requirement. Volunteers are required to bend and kneel on a regular basis, occasional lifting, particularly of plant materials, is also necessary.
Horticulture positions are available Monday through Friday; volunteers work on a specific weekday depending on the garden area to which they have been assigned.