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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.


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. If you would like to be contacted when the next training is offered, 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.

Tree Spotters

Do you love exploring the natural world? Want to learn more about the Arnold Arboretum’s trees? Would you enjoy connecting with Arboretum ecologists and fellow citizen science volunteers? If so, we encourage you to participate in our Tree Spotters program. The goal of this citizen science program is to illuminate and share observations of the Arboretum’s phenology: the timing of natural events, such as the leafing out and flowering of trees in the spring and changing foliage colors in the fall. To learn more about the program and find out when the next class is scheduled, send an email.


The Arboretum seeks online volunteers to participate in TreeVersity, a citizen science project designed to gather information about images of Arboretum plants. Hosted by Zooniverse, an online platform for people-powered research, TreeVersity consists of thousands of contemporary photographs of Arboretum plants in need of categorizing data. The information volunteers add to these images will enable advanced searches and filtering capability for our Plant Image Database, a free and expanding resource for researchers and the public. See more information on participating.