Volunteering at Fairchild

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

Volunteering at Fairchild

Volunteers learn new skills, make a positive impact in the community and the world and advance Fairchild’s mission through their hands-on support of our programs. Fairchild volunteers have access to a wide range of classes and training opportunities. All active Fairchild volunteers who give a minimum of 30 hours of service a year automatically become part of the Friends of Fairchild, which hosts lectures, field trips and social activities.

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteer jobs require a commitment of 3-4 hours per week for a minimum three months. The minimum age for Fairchild Volunteers is 16. Short-term opportunities are available for students requiring community service hours. Once you are a Fairchild Volunteer, you are required to participate in Core Class Training; additional training may be required for specific program areas.

Volunteer Information Days 

Volunteer Information Events 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.

Upcoming Volunteer Information Events:

Thursday, June 2; 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  FULL

Saturday, June 4; 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  FULL

Tuesday, August 23; 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 25; 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 27; 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Please register for a Volunteer Information Event by clicking the above date of your choice or by calling 305-667-1651 ext. 3360.



Where You Can Volunteer

Volunteer opportunities are available in the following programs areas.

Conservation Science
Visitor Services
Special Events
Wings of the Tropics
Garden Docents
Volunteer Opportunities for Students

Volunteer Views

Volunteers receive timely communication via the Volunteer Views newsletter. 

Volunteer Department Staff

Arlene Ferris
Director of Volunteer Services

Niki Saylor
Program Assistant

Paula McNicholas
Database and Communications Coordinator

Sue Gallo
Volunteer Services Assistant

Contact Us

305-667-1651, ext. 3360 or volunteer@fairchildgarden.org

Office Hours: Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.