Current Opportunities

The Cleveland Botanical Garden is recruiting volunteers for the positions of School Guide and Outdoor Tour Guide. Details on these opportunities and links to position descriptions are below.

If you are interested in other ways of volunteering, register to attend our annual Fall Volunteer Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Whether you are a novice or experienced gardener looking to work with plants, an outgoing or engaging communicator interested in working with people, a detail-oriented or “behind-the-scenes” person who enjoys working on programs, or an individual, family member, or group leader who just wants to help with a special event, we have a volunteer opportunity that will fit your interest and availability. You can stop by the Open House anytime between 5 – 7:30pm to learn about our more than 80 different volunteer positions, chat with staff about volunteering in their areas, and meet current volunteers. Free parking, admission to the gardens, and refreshments are provided to those who register.

Teen volunteers are needed at our Holden Arboretum campus for our family-friendly Celebration of Trees event on Saturday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11 from 10am to 4pm. Learn more and sign up here!

School Guide

School Guides teach quality academic programs to grades pre-K-8 during planned school visits to Cleveland Botanical Garden. No prior knowledge or experience required; training, shadowing, and on-boarding provided. School Guide volunteers are required to make a minimum 9-month commitment and complete a minimum of 2 shifts per month. Opportunities are primarily available weekdays between 9am – 12:30pm; weekend shifts are also available. Learn more. 

Outdoor Tour Guide 

Outdoor Tour Guides provide information to guests and fosters their exploration and appreciation of our grounds, gardens and exhibits. No prior knowledge or experience required, although some plant knowledge is helpful. Training, shadowing, and onboarding provided. Outdoor Tour Guide volunteers are required to make a minimum 6-month commitment and complete a minimum of twp tours per month. Opportunities are available during the daily tour shift from 12:45 – 2:15pm, Friday – Sunday from April through October. Additional opportunities during the week for private tours are also an opportunity, depending on the knowledge and skill level of the volunteer. Learn more.

For more information or requests for group volunteer activities, please contact us at or 216.707.2822. 

View volunteer opportunities at the Holden Arboretum here