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 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

Ongoing, year-round

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.

Rose Garden Volunteer                                                                          

Ongoing, year-round

Weekdays, 9:00 AM – Noon or 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

Looking for an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and get away from the stress of everyday life? Come and garden 3 acres of beautiful roses. You don’t need experience, you’ll learn as you grow. This is not a one day assignment, but designed for people to work at least one season. Tasks may include weeding, removing spent blooms and pruning. (Minimum age 16.)

Call 757-441-5830 ext. 327 or send an email.

Monarch Tag & Release

Saturday, September 19, 2015
8:30 AM-12:00 PM, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, 1:00 PM-4:45 PMmonarch

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.

Incredible Edibles

Ongoing-October 2015Incredible Edibles Final logo
9:00 AM-Noon or 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Do you have a knack for growing vegetables and love talking to people? Then we need you for the kitchen garden and Discovery Peak!
You will get your hands dirty and learn as you grow by  weeding, digging, planting and harvesting the produce!
Volunteers will work with the public ,outside, giving seed planting demonstrations, container gardening information and give walk and talks through both gardens. Experience helpful, but not necessary. Instruction, training and feedback provided. (Minimum age 16; background check required to volunteer at Discovery Peak, located in children’s garden)
Call 757-441-5830 ext. 327 or email.



Gift Shop Volunteer

Thursdays 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Fridays 9:00 AM-1:00 PM & 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM & 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

Norfolk Botanical Garden is seeking dynamic volunteers with customer service and recent retail experience to volunteer in our newly renovated Gift Shop. Qualified volunteers should be comfortable assisting guests, working a register and handling computer transactions. This is indoor work, but be prepared to stand for most of the shift. The Gift Shop is looking for  a committed volunteer who can assist once a week. (Minimum age 18.)

WOW Guide

Ongoing through November 2015
Seven days a week 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 pm.

WOW Guides work in the children’s garden. Volunteers make sure that guests have fun and safe experience. Volunteers greet guests, staff stations and help clean up. Please be ready to work outside and be on your feet. (Minimum age 14; Ages 10-13 and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.)

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.)


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.