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.

 


GETTING DIRTY IN THE GARDEN

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.


 Events

The Hogwarts ExpressHogwarts photo
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Shift: 4-8pm
The Hogwarts Expressmakes memories with children that will last a lifetime. Witches and wizards will be out for a magical night in the Garden! Volunteers will stand and work outdoors for part of the shift, please dress warmly! This is a great 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.

Million Bulb Walk
Friday, January 2, 2015MBW-News-tout

Shifts: 4:45 pm-7:45pm or 7:15pm-9:15pm
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 Stationpolar express featured tout version
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 Run2.014-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

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.)


 BEHIND THE SCENES

Administrative Support

Weekdays, some weekends possible
Ongoing
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
Ongoing
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.