Volunteers play a key role in the daily life of Naples Botanical Garden. They bring an eagerness to learn and an unselfish ability to share their time and talents with us. Volunteers are often the best advocates in the community, and we celebrate their commitment to serve in all aspects of the organization. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Sally Richardson, Volunteer Manager at srichardson@naplesgarden.org.

Individual volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Anyone from ages 12 – 15 may also volunteer, but must be in the constant supervision of a parent or legal guardian, who is also a Garden volunteer. Prior to being assigned, volunteers aged 12 – 15 must completely fill out and submit this questionnaire.

One half day per week volunteer opportunities include:

  • Volunteer1.pngDocent - interact with visitors in the Garden by sharing information and/or giving tours
  • Natural Areas - exotic plant removal, planting, hauling materials,
  • Cultivated Gardens - weeding, raking, potting, trimming.
  • After School Elementary Program - Tuesdays - January through April. Work with our Global Garden students in the schools.

Other on-call and as needed opportunities include:

  • Tour Guide - Adults
  • Tour Guide - School Children
  • Event Assistant
  • Mailings
  • Reception/Phone
  • Visitor Center Patio Plant Sales
  • Membership Sales/Weekends


volunteer opportunities

Volunteers play a crucial role in the successful operation of the Garden. Volunteers can be “on call” for events, activities and special programs or come in on a regular weekly basis to assist with other needs, such as horticulture, for example. We encourage interested individuals to inquire about our volunteer program, as we have opportunities that align with varying interests and skills.

Volunteer Roles

Administration Receptionist:
Answer all general information calls coming into the Garden’s main line, transfer successfully to the correct staff when necessary.

Bird Tower Birder:
Knowledgeable “birder” to interact with public who come to birding tower.

Interact and share knowledge with the public in one of 5 designed gardens or natural areas. Training provided October/November and January/February.

Education’s Arts and Crafts Assistant:
On call position invites all “crafty” people to help prepare materials for children’s programs and activities.

Global Garden After School Program Mentor:
Work with 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at Avalon Elementary School one afternoon a week in a garden setting from 3pm – 5pm (January thru May) and accompany students on four Saturday field trips.

Horticulture Assistant:
Weeding, raking, potting, sweeping, watering, moving plant material beginning 8am on weekdays and 9am on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Children's Garden Horticulture Assistant, Thursdays 8am-12pm.
  • Water Garden Horticulture Assistant, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and/or Sunday 9am-1pm.

Membership Sales Associate:
Work in a high profile area of the Garden selling memberships during high visitation days.

Plant Sale Specialist:
Plant enthusiast with knowledge on care and feeding of SW Florida plants to assist with plant sales or to work on the patio of the Gift Shop.

Special Events Assistant:
On Call position for Special Events assisting as a greeter, or registration desk volunteer, or way finder, or raffle ticket salesperson, or silent auction volunteer, or set up and take down volunteer and more.

Tour Guide:
Lead groups through their choice of two gardens on a 1 ½ hour tour and/or create your own customized ½ hour tour as part of the Garden’s 11:00 Daily Tours. Daily tours run November through April.

Wildflower Meadow Enthusiast:
Maintain (weed, propagate) wildflowers in the Scott Florida Garden’s wildflower meadow and native nursery.

If you would like to become a Garden Volunteer:

Step 1

  • Visit the Garden – Admission $14.95

Step 2

  • Come to a Volunteer Orientation

2014-15 orientation dates:

>>>Click here for a full list of orientation dates!