Volunteering 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 email@example.com. We look forward to working with you!
Everything you do makes a difference.
GETTING DIRTY IN THE GARDEN
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.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Shift: 4:30 PM-9:15 PM
Join Norfolk Botanical Garden as we present AcquaFire! Volunteers greet guests, move firewood and serve refreshments while enjoying the beautiful glow of fire on water! Be prepared to stand and work outdoors. (Minimum age 18.) Call 757-441-5830 ext. 327 or send an email.
If you prefer behind the scenes work, then volunteer to help with set up or break down for AcquaFire.
• Thursday, November 6, 2014
1:00 PM-5:00 PM
• Friday, November 7, 2014
10:00 AM-1:00 PM
• Sunday, November 9, 2014
8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Call 757-441-5830 ext. 327 or email to help with set up or break down.
The Garden is starting early to prepare Baker Hall Visitor Center for the holidays! We could use your help cutting out snowflakes, painting pine cones, and wrapping boxes, etc.
Volunteers should be crafty and have an eye for design! Please be prepared to stand, reach and bend. (Minimum age 18.) Call 757-441-5830 ext. 327 or send an email.
• 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
• 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
• 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
• 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Million Bulb Walk
Friday, November 21 through Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Shifts: 5:00 PM-7:15 PM or 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
This exciting event gives everyone the chance to get up close and see the lights in the open air. This is a good opportunity for families, students, and groups to volunteer together. Give directions, greet people with a smile, and direct guests to the tram! This can be a one-shift assignment, especially for a group or family. Be prepared to stand and work outdoors. (Minimum age 16; unless accompanied by a parent/guardian.)
Call 757-441-5830 ext. 327 or email.
Polar Express at Illumination Station
December 1-December 23, 2014
Mondays – Thursdays
Shift: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Polar Express at Illumination Station makes holiday memories with children that will last a lifetime. Storytellers read the award-winning book, The Polar Express, followed by a ride through the Dominion Garden of Lights on our own version of the “Polar Express.” Volunteers will stand and work outdoors for part of the shift, please dress warmly! This can be a one day assignment for a family or group. (Minimum age 16; ages 14-15 welcome if accompanied by a parent/guardian.) Call 757-441-5830 ext. 327 or send an email.
Sundays with Santa
December 7, 14, 21, 2014
Shift: 3:30 PM-8:00 PM
Join our staff for a night of Holiday Fun! Volunteers help guests create a keepsake ornament, direct them to Santa and help with set up and break down! Be prepared to stand and work outdoors for part of the shift. (Minimum age 16; ages 14-15 welcome if accompanied by a parent/guardian.) Call 757-441-5830 ext. 327 or send an email.
Garden 2.015 Fun Run
January 1, 2015
Shift: 3:30 PM-7:30 PM
Kick off the new year in a fun and healthy way; volunteer for the fun run! Volunteers direct guests, assist with check in, serve as route marshals and help break down. Be prepared to stand and work outdoors. (Minimum age 16; unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.) Call 757-441-5830 ext. 327 or email.
IF YOU LOVE MEETING THE PUBLIC
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.
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.)
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.)
BEHIND THE SCENES
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.
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.)
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.