Current Volunteer Opportunities
If you are not yet a Tucson Botanical Gardens volunteer, please contact Marianne Rothenberg at email@example.com or 326-9686 ext 24 to get an application and set up an interview.
If you are looking to complete court-ordered community service, please contact Manny Cuen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 326-9686 ext 14.
Monday Work Party: Every Monday, 8:30 – 11 a.m.
Led by Gardens horticulturalist, Connie Howard, this is a smaller work party than Wednesdays’. Focus is mainly on clean-up. Open to all Gardens volunteers
Wednesday Work Party: Every Wednesday, 8:30 – 11 a.m.
This group does all sorts of gardening projects, usually breaking up into groups doing different projects for different ability levels.
Requires training of volunteers to help out in the exhibit.
Volunteers are needed for onsite and outreach programs. To volunteer for this group you will also need to be willing to participate in a background check.
Are you interested in helping people connect with the natural world? Want to deepen your knowledge of local flora and fauna, environmental education, water-wise gardening, and the cultural connections between people and plants? Consider becoming a docent at Tucson Botanical Gardens. Our 10-week training prepares docents to be skilled interpreters who are an integral part of an education team that serves the Tucson community and visitors from all over the world. After completing training, docents lead tours, present educational outreach programs, staff Discovery Carts, assist with horticultural therapy programs, teach Gardens Signature Classes, participate in developing and refining new educational programs, and help visitors make lasting memories at the Gardens.
If you are interested in becoming a docent at Tucson Botanical Gardens, please contact Ashley Pedersen, Director of Education, at email@example.com or 326-9686 ext 39.
Do you enjoy working with kids? We are looking for volunteers to assist with school group visits and/or outreach programs. If you are interested in learning more about this, please contact Ashley Pedersen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 326-9686 ext 39. To volunteer in this capacity, you will need to clear a basic background check.
Grove Gift Shop
Opportunities are available. Register training provided.
Painting, building maintenance, and/or heavy lifting.
To become a volunteer, contact Marianne Rothenberg at email@example.com or 326-9686 ext 24.
Procedures for taking free classes
I’ve had some great responses on taking free classes! When you are ready to take one of the Signature Classes or one of the “after 30 hours” free classes, please contact me for a coupon that you’ll take to the Gift Shop and give them for your admittance. I will put the coupon in your folder where you keep your hours ( in the volunteer lounge) so that you can pick it up easily anytime.
For the Tours, you won’t need anything – just come on in and take them – Fridays at 10am for “Exploring TBG” and 1st and 4th Wednesday at 10am for “Birds and Gardening Tour”!
The date for the Welcome Back Pot-Luck is Wednesday, September 24 at 11:30am in the Pavilion – please come and bring your favorite dishes!! Michelle has an exciting announcement to make – so be ready to be wowed!!
Also below you’ll see some volunteer opportunities for September/October!
Feast of the Dearly Departed October 25th, 5-8PM
Mariachis, sugar skulls, luminarias, kids’ activities, workshops, and delicious Sonoran food await visitors on October 25th for the Tucson Botanical Gardens’ 2nd Annual Feast of the Dearly Departed!
Day of the Dead Procession
Food and Drink
Classes and Workshops
Also, we have free workshops leading up to the Feast
We have volunteer sign-up sheets for the preparation for this event and for the actual event on 10/15.
Preparing the Sugar Skulls:
3 volunteers needed for Wednesday Sept 24 from 1pm to 3pm (after the Pot-Luck) in the Education Classroom
3 volunteers needed for Tuesday Oc t 14 from 10am to 12pm in the Education Classroom to finish up the skulls
Day of – October 25th:
3 volunteers needed for the Sugar Skull table to assist guests with decorating – 4:30 to 8pm
2 volunteers needed for the Luminaria Making table – 4:30 to 8pm
1 volunteer needed for the Pan de Muerto table – 4:30 to 8pm
2 volunteers needed to man the ID check table – 4:40 to 8pm
If you are interested in helping with any of these activities, please contact Marianne at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you are here at the Gardens, come to the volunteer lounge to sign-up!
Tucson Fashion Week is hosting The Garden Party at Tucson Botanical Gardens on October 17th, 2014 from 5-10:00 pm. Tucson Fashion Week is an annual community event showcasing fashion innovation from both emerging and established industry professionals, and guests to this event will be treated to an interactive salon-style show. University of Arizona alumnus Joey Rodolfo, Vice President of Menswear for Tommy Bahama, will open with a career retrospective presentation. The show will highlight local designers Laura Tanzer and Christina Cornwell as featured presenters, while David Zyla will be on hand for an exclusive signing of his book, Color Your Style. Featured retailers include Posh Boutique, Loop Jean Company, and Tommy Bahama; Jamaica Cole and Too Strong will also exhibit capsule collections. Join local, regional, and national designers as they showcase their work on this unique garden path runway.
If you are interested in volunteering to help out with this event – please contact the Tucson Fashion Week Coordinator, Melanie Sutton (not a TBG employee) at Melanie@tucsonfashionweek.com for details and assignments!
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