Volunteer Opportunities


Butterfly House Volunteer

Volunteer this summer in the Garden’s Butterfly House. Greet guests and answer questions about the native butterflies and caterpillars in the house. For more information and orientation schedule  click here.

Horticulture Volunteer

Horticulture volunteers assist in keeping Norfolk Botanical Garden beautiful by performing essential garden maintenance such as weeding, pruning, dead-heading, planting, watering, mulching and debris clean up. For a complete job description please click here.

WOW Children’s Garden Volunteer                                                                          

WOW Children’s Garden volunteers assist Youth Education staff with the implementation of educational activities, programs, and events in the World of Wonders Children’s Garden. For a complete job description please click here.


Gift Shop Volunteer

Gift Shop Volunteers promote sales generation through highly professional customer service during each guest transaction while working as part of a cohesive team with Gift Shop staff. For a complete job description please click here.

 Visitor Information Desk Volunteer

Visitor Information Desk Volunteers greet and assist guests who are first-time or returning visitors by informing them of daily educational and tour opportunities, including tram and boat times. They also answer general questions regarding upcoming classes and events. For a complete job description please click here.


Wedding & Special Events Intern

Wedding & Special Event Interns assist with the planning and implementation of  small and large-scale Garden weddings, events, corporate and social rentals and group sales that promote NBG as a top tier venue and attraction. This internship opportunity is open to college students looking to complete an internship or practicum degree requirement. Positions are available for the Spring, Fall and Summer semesters. Applicants should submit their resume to the Volunteer Coordinator for consideration and sign up through the NBG Volunteer Hub. For a complete job description of the Wedding & Special Events Internship position, please click here.

Butterfly House Intern

Butterfly House interns assist with providing quality educational programs for our guest by participating in the Educational Docent program for the house. For a complete job description please click here.




WOW Leaders in Training

June 29-August 31

The WOW Children’s Garden is a great place for teenagers to learn about nature, gain leadership skills, make new friends, and earn volunteer hours for resumes and college applications. The Leaders in Training program provides each teen with a NBG volunteer t-shirt, and allows the LITs to set flexible work schedules throughout the summer in the Children’s Garden. LITs are also encouraged to attend Thursday WOW Leader Meetings each week, which include leadership development games and horticulture activities. For a complete job description please click here.

Cost: $20/person ($25/person for not-yet-members)

Registration opens May 1st

Ages 14-17

To REGISTER, please call (757) 441-5830 ext 463.


Limited availability. Volunteer groups are typically placed with one of our Horticulturalists and assist with work in our natural areas. Tasks such as spreading mulch, pulling weeds, cleaning plant debris such as pinecones or sticks, etc., are the most common opportunities we offer. This is a physically demanding outdoor opportunity that experiences frequent exposure to direct sunlight, high heat, humidity, cold and mild inclement weather such as a light rain. This is outdoor, manual labor that requires frequent standing, walking, bending and stooping. Volunteer groups must be capable of working independently with little supervision for extended periods of time.

School, club or organization staff and/or parent chaperones must accompany and supervise the students/children at all times. Projects are selected at an age appropriate level and may include simple tools, such as trowels, rakes, glue, scissors, etc.

School, club or organization groups must obtain permission from the parents of students/children before they participate in a volunteer event at NBG. NBG does not provide permission slips – the school, club or organization must use their own. It is the responsibility of the sponsoring school, club or organization and site supervisors to maintain emergency contact information for each student/child who participates for use in cases of an emergency.

For a complete description of school and group expectations and policies, please click here.

If you have read the school and group expectations and policies, you may fill out a Volunteer Event Request and email it to: volunteer@nbgs.org.