Horticulture Volunteer

Do you like science, plants, and biology? If so, consider applying for our NEW Horticulture Volunteer program. Our Horticulture staff maintain the grounds on our campus and would love help planting, weeding, and mulching. Horticulture Volunteers make a positive, immediate, and restorative contribution to the GSC campus each day as they roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. By grooming, transplanting, and all their dedicated tending efforts, they find they have cultivated more than a beautiful garden. Volunteers also share their enthusiasm, enjoy easy camaraderie, and graciously inspire Center guests - helping everyone connect to nature. In this role, you will be supervised and mentored by our talented Horticulture Staff.

Horticulture Volunteer


Applications Posted

February 1

Application Deadline

March 1

Interview Deadline

March 18

Candidates Notified

March 21

Scavenger Hunt Deadline

April 7

Horticulture Volunteer Application


Working side by side with Horticulture Staff, you might help plant, weed, or mulch an area of our campus. This Spring, our team will be preparing for our AZA Accreditation Inspection and the construction of a new greenhouse, so there will be lots of great project work taking place! Horticulture Volunteers will be authorized to use GSC hand tools, but no power tools.

Yes, but not in the way you might think. Horticulture Volunteers do not have direct contact with animals but may have the opportunity to help with projects inside animal enclosures. In those instances, animals would be off exhibit and you would be supervised by Horticulture Staff.
Horticulture Volunteers are expected to volunteer a minimum of six hours per month. Shifts are available from 8:30-11:30am Monday-Friday. There are currently no weekend or afternoon shifts.
Horticulture Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to apply. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by March 1, 2018 to be considered. No exceptions will be made.
  1. Submit an application by 5pm on March 1. Our staff will review all applications after that deadline and will contact selected candidates to schedule interviews. We will likely be unable to interview every candidate, so please provide thoughtful responses to your application questions.
  2. Schedule and successfully complete an interview. All interviews must be completed by March 18. If selected, you will be given a fact sheet on some of our animals and garden spaces when your interview is scheduled.
  3. All candidates who were interviewed for the program will be notified by 5pm on March 21 to let them know if they have been chosen for the program.
  4. Successfully pass a background check for those ages 18+.
  5. Complete one scavenger hunt by April 7 to learn more about the Greensboro Science Center.
  6. Attend training with Horticulture Staff
The fee for our volunteer program is $25.00. This includes the cost of your name tag and your volunteer t-shirt which you will wear during your shifts. The fee also helps defray the cost of running the program. That fee is due at the time of your entry into the program, NOT when you submit your application.

Contact Us

Questions? Email volunteers@greensboroscience.org.