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Arnold Arboretum

Arboretum Interpreter


Expand your knowledge of the Arboretum and share your passion for plants with others. As an Arboretum Interpreter, you will be trained to talk with visitors in casual interactions, one-on-one or with small informal groups. You’ll help people find their way through the landscape, explore the fascinating world of plants, communicate how the Arboretum is a living museum, and make Arboretum history come alive. Read an article about the Interpreters from the spring 2010 Silva and an Interpreter profile from spring 2011.

How does it work?

Arboretum Interpreters are trained to talk knowledgeably about the Arboretum and plants. In addition to training on Arboretum history, plant terminology, and the landscape, volunteers learn interpretive techniques to effectively engage with visitors. Arboretum Interpreters are trained to use kits in various locations in the landscape. The portable kits include props, activities, study sheets, and other materials. Interpreters learn the kit during the training period, then pair up with with a veteran Interpreter during a “try-out” period immediately after training.

Responsibilities and time commitment

Required skills & abilities



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The Arboretum Interpreter program is a partnership—you provide your time, commitment, and enthusiasm and the Arnold Arboretum provides rich resources and experienced staff. It is also a wonderful opportunity for self-growth and for reaching out to Arboretum visitors to communicate the importance of plants in our lives.

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