Volunteer Needs

Volunteer group paintingVolunteering at Norfolk Botanical Garden is not only gardening! Volunteers work in every department, inside and outdoors. Yes, there is lots of mulching and weeding to done year-round, but volunteers also do paperwork, work in maintenance, and even do virtual volunteering from home! Volunteer opportunities below are listed by type, with special events first and ongoing volunteer needs second. If you have questions, or need more information, please call Amanda Wells at (757) 441-5830 extension 327, or e-mail volunteer@nbgs.org. We look forward to working with you!

Everything you do makes a difference.



Gardening Assistant

Weekdays, 9 a.m. – Noon or 1 – 3:00 p.m.
Come and garden in 155 acres of beauty. You don’t need to have experience, you’ll learn as you grow. This is not a one day assignment, but designed for people who want to work and learn for at least a season. (Minimum age 16, or must be accompanied by parent/guardian.)

We can schedule a special group gardening day when your organization can come to the Garden, work for a few hours, then enjoy the Garden the rest of the day. Contact us for information.


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Monarch Tag & Release
Saturday, September 20, 2014
9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Norfolk Botanical Garden wants to send off the monarchs with a grand celebration as they begin their migration to Mexico! Volunteers direct guests, monitor the tagging and staff education stations! Be prepared to work outside, stand and moderate walking is involved.  (Minimum age 16, or must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.)
To sign up, please call 757-441-5830 ext. 327 or email.

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September, October, November
Shift: 9:00 a.m.-Noon

Would you like to get into the holiday spirit early?  Then volunteer to set up the Dominion Garden of Lights. Volunteers string lights, re-bulb, and place light displays throughout the Garden. This is outdoor work and requires some lifting. This can be a one shift assignment; it’s a great opportunity for group or individual volunteering. (Minimum age 18.) To sign up, please call 757-441-5830 ext. 327 or email.

Flutter Fantasy

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Shift: 4:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Join us for our fall fundraising party. Volunteers will staff education stations, serve beverages, greet guests and help with clean up.  There will be indoor and outdoor stations; be prepared to stand for the shift. (Minimum age 18.)  To sign up, please call 757-441-5830 ext. 327 or email.

 Family Fitness with Fido
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Shifts: 8:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m.fitness-with-fido

Norfolk Botanical Garden and the Norfolk SPCA team up for one special day to celebrate fitness with families and their dogs. This fundraising event will create an opportunity for the entire family, including “Fido” to get fit on a 2-mile, self-guided marked walk. Join us for fun activities, great music and food, all in the most beautiful environment in Hampton Roads. Proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the Norfolk SPCA and Norfolk Botanical Garden. Volunteers will staff a leash-free dog park in Enchanted Forest, greet guests, and give directions.  You will stand and work outdoors for the shift (Minimum age 16.) Call 757-441-5830 ext. 327 or send an email.



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Volunteer shifts:
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
12:30 – 4:00 PM
Any day of the week
Times can be flexible

Volunteers in the World of Wonders Children’s Garden greet visitors, help with activities and make sure everyone has fun. Junior (10-12) and family volunteers welcome (youngest family member must be at least 10 and accompanied by parent/guardian).

Background check and training required. Requires at least a 5 shift commitment.

Library Assistant

Saturdays 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. or Sundays 1 – 4 p.m. or Mondays 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Attention Book Lovers! Norfolk Botanical Garden is looking for weekend Library Assistants for the Fred Huette Library. Work with the public, learn library skills, and enjoy a fine horticultural library. A great once a month volunteering opportunity. (Minimum age 16, or must be accompanied by parent/guardian.)

Garden Ambassadors

Any day of the week, weekends preferred
10:00 AM-12:00 PM or 12:00 PM-2:00 PM or 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Enjoy meeting people? Inside or outside,  you can be the “smiling face” of the Garden. Welcome visitors to the Norfolk Botanical Garden and provide information to help them make the most of their visit. This opportunity requires at least a 5 shift commitment. (Minimum age 16, or must be accompanied by parent/guardian.)


Administrative Support

Weekdays, some weekends possible
Looking for indoor work with no heavy lifting? Want beautiful scenery nearby? This is the volunteer opportunity for you. Work in education and other departments to help get that all important paperwork done. Junior volunteers (14 – 17) welcome.

Facilities Support

Seven days a week, weekends preferred
Flexible shifts, usually 2-3 hours during the hours of 9 am – 5 pm
This is for people who enjoy hard work and seeing immediate results. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. Assist with room set ups and cleaning. Work with the facilities crew and be an important part of making the Garden shine. This can be a one shift assignment. (Minimum age 16, or must be accompanied by parent/guardian.)

Education Volunteer

Weekdays 9:00 AM-Noon or 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
This position is for a dynamic person who should be prepared to get crafty and shouldn’t mind getting their hands dirty. You may be helping prepare for upcoming classes, working on a computer, or helping maintain flower arrangements. The possibilities are endless! This is not a one day assignment, but designed for people who want to work and learn. (Minimum age 16.) We require a 2-day shift commitment each month.