Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden welcomes the participation of high school and college students as volunteers. The availability of student volunteers often depends on their schedules, which vary during the academic year. The minimum age for Fairchild volunteers is 16. Fairchild student volunteers must have reliable transportation, as public transportation options are limited.
Special Event Volunteers
Throughout the year, we have a number of special events and festivals on Saturdays and Sundays. Students volunteer for a four or eight hour shift during the weekend to help with a wide variety of jobs including event set-up, helping with children’s activities, working in festival booths and visitor education. Students commit to volunteering at a minimum of 6 festivals a year. Festivals offer fun, short-term volunteer opportunities for students needing community service hours.
NOTE: All students must register with the Volunteer Department prior to volunteering at any Fairchild festival. Student positions fill quickly so interested students should plan to call the Volunteer office as soon as possible before the scheduled event.
Wings of the Tropics
Host volunteers greet and introduce visitors to the thousands of butterflies in The Wings of the Tropics exhibit. Volunteering weekly in teams, volunteers monitor the entrance and exit ways of the conservatory and educate visitors on butterfly biology. Student opportunities are available in the Wings of the Tropics exhibit.
Wings of the Tropics hosts commit to volunteering once a week and work in teams in the outdoor conservatory. Imparting information and answering visitor’s questions, hosts are ambassadors of the exhibit and have exceptional interpersonal skills. Wings of the Tropics hosts volunteer on weekends during the academic year and on weekdays in the summertime.
Visitor Services Host
Hosts are the friendly faces who greet visitors, answer questions, and provide directions as well as share knowledge about their particular garden area. Volunteers work in particular areas of the garden such as the rainforest, cycad circle or the conservatory. Hosts have excellent interpersonal skills and are comfortable answering questions and interacting with the public. Hosts are also responsible for learning more detailed information about multiple garden locations. Volunteers work outside and may be standing for a four hour shift. Student volunteers work on weekends during the morning or the afternoon.
If you are volunteering in the summertime, there are opportunities to volunteer in horticulture Tuesday through Friday; volunteers work on a specific weekday depending on the garden area to which they have been assigned, such as the Palmetum, vine pergola, rainforest, lakes area or nursery. Volunteer duties include weeding, pruning, planting, repotting and propagating.