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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are essential to the Arboretum’s educational mission of fostering knowledge and appreciation of life science and the natural world. Please consider participating as an Arboretum volunteer—enjoy the rewards of connecting people with the world of plants.

Interested in learning more? Come to our Volunteer Recruitment Open House on Tuesday, February 4 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA. For information, call Sheryl White at 617.384.5251.


Field Study Guides

Make a difference as a volunteer guide in our Field Study Experiences. Lead small groups of children from Boston area schools through hands on, active learning programs. Guide recruitment is ongoing; we are always interviewing for new guides. To learn more, submit a volunteer application, or contact Manager of Children’s Education Nancy Sableski at 617.384.5239 or by email.

Arboretum Interpreters

Engage with visitors young and old, help people find their way, share your fascination for plants, and communicate how the Arboretum is a living museum. Interpreters are trained to use a small display in the landscape and to interact with visitors in casual, one-on-one or small group interactions. Our next Interpreter Training begins in early March. To be contacted to learn more about the program, please fill out and submit the volunteer application, or contact Manager of Visitor Engagement Kate Stonefoot at 617.384.5229.

Arboretum Docents

Share your love of plants. Become an arboretum docent and lead landscape tours for groups of adults. Tours include a combination of Arboretum information, current plant highlights, natural history, and botany. If you would like to be contacted when the next training is offered, please fill out and submit the volunteer application, or contact Kate Stonefoot, manager of visitor engagement, at 617.384.5229.