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.
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 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 Sessions
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 Sessions:
March 24 - 10AM-12PM
March 28 - 10AM-12PM
To RSVP for an information session, please fill out the form at this link.
You will be prompted to select which training day you would like to attend.
If you are currently able to volunteer and are interested in assisting our Education or Visitor Services Programs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your area of interest and availability.
Where You Can Volunteer
Volunteer opportunities are available in the following programs areas.
Wings of the Tropics
Volunteer Opportunities for Students
Looking for a great way for your group to help out in your community?
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is now formally accepting volunteer groups to assist in the maintenance and beautification of our Garden with a variety of projects including raking, weeding, and pruning. Learn about this magical place which is home to some of the most beautiful plants on Earth!
Join us for one of our group volunteer workdays from 9:00 am-12:00 pm on the dates listed below. Please plan arrive 15 minutes prior to 9:00 am to complete registration. Park and enter at the SOUTH entrance (Staff Parking Lot) and check in at the Garden House.
- Sunday, February 25 - FILLED
- Saturday, March 3 - FILLED
- Sunday, March 18 - FILLED
- Saturday, April 7
- Sunday, April 29
- Saturday, May 12
- Sunday, May 20
General Information and Guidelines
- Volunteer groups will be required to perform physical labor in an outdoor setting,
- Volunteer groups must be willing to get dirty and able to work in all types of weather.
- Closed-toe shoes are required and long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat are highly recommended.
- Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring a signed parental consent form provided once registered.
- Volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone and require a signed parental consent form.
- Individuals are welcome to join in on any of our group dates.
What to Bring
- Refillable water bottle
- Mosquito repellent
- Gardening gloves
Space is limited, so please e-mail email@example.com to register your group today!
Volunteer Department Staff
Isabel Sanchez, Director of Volunteer Services
Jemma Peterson, Database and Communications Coordinator
305-667-1651,ext. 3360 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.