Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Every day, volunteers contribute to Tyler in varying ways, from guiding tours to assisting with the Gardeners. Below are jobs that are currently open to accept volunteers.  Please review carefully prior to filling out Volunteer Application form. Contact Julia Lo Ehrhardt at jlo@tylerarboretum.org if you have questions. Remember to sign-up for our monthly volunteer electronic newsletter to stay current on news and upcoming event sign-ups.

Outdoor Volunteer Jobs:

Ambassadors

Join the team that provides engaging interpretation of Tyler Arboretum by answering questions and providing suggestions for their visit. Training begins in April. To find out more about the Ambassador Program, come to one of the meet and greet: March 11 or March 15, 10:30 to noon. Missed the meet and greet and the training dates — still interested? Contact Julia Lo Ehrhardt jlo@tylerarboretum.org.

When:  Fridays, Saturdays from May to end of October, morning and afternoon shifts.

Families welcomed.

American Chestnut Orchard Tenders

The loss of healthy and productive native chestnuts in eastern forests may have been the greatest ecological disaster in recent human history. Tyler’s volunteers support the arboretum’s cooperation with The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) who’s goal is to breed blight resistance from the Chinese chestnut tree into the American chestnut tree, while maintaining the American chestnut’s characteristics. A chestnut orchard was planted on site in 1997 with seedlings from Pennsylvania.
The TACF program is now providing advanced hybrids that are seven generations into the process of capturing resistance to the chestnut blight.

By weeding, mulching, and pruning 150 trees, Tyler’s volunteers assure the viability of a reservoir of the American chestnut. Nuts harvested each fall from these trees support breeding at other locations around the state. Tyler’s volunteers also learn about the disease that devastated our native chestnut as well as participate in controlled pollination activities to create first-generation hybrids.

A brief walk through of the work area and review of tasks are encouraged prior to deciding to join the group.

When: starting in April, Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. – noon and/or Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Families with youngsters between the ages of 12 and 16 welcome.

Blue Bird Box Monitor

Started in 1970 to address the decline of blue birds, the Blue Bird Box monitor program is a wonderful outlet for individual and families to learn about conservation and to practice conservation. Volunteers are needed to monitor boxes on Tyler property from April through August on a weekly basis. You need not be a birder just a lover of outdoors and a commitment to nature. Must be able to hike 2 miles without difficulties. We are currently not actively recruiting but the right person may be added.

When:  seasonal; mutually agreed time.

Docents

Docents are teaching guides. Do you find it easy to talk to groups of people and love to learn about plants, history and conservation? Does seeing smiling faces and fielding questions your idea of a fun activity? If you answered yes, then you should join the Docent team.  We are looking for people to guide tours on Fridays and/or Saturdays and help our visitors explore Tyler. Training is provided. Must be able to walk 2 miles without difficulty and love the outdoors. To find out more about the Docent Program, come to one of the meet and greet: March 11 or March 15, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Missed the date and still interested?  Contact Julia Lo Ehrhardt jlo@tylerarboretum.org.

When:  Fridays, Saturdays from May to the end of October, morning and afternoon shifts.

Exhibition Maintenance

From Tree Houses to Fairy Houses and much more, we need your help to maintain them. Help by re-stocking materials, dusting, wiping, and general tidying up. Schedule is flexible. We provide all materials. This is perfect for our volunteers that are available on the weekends or who would like to work as a family.

When: seasonal; mutually agreeable time.

Gardener

Assist with the continuing renovation and renewal of the display gardens. Work with Tyler’s Gardeners to prune, plant, water, mulch, and care for our display borders and woodlands. You must be able to walk and stand for extended amount of time outdoors (rain or shine). Lifting of 20 to 30 lbs is common. We require 16 hours per month of commitment. Training on plant identification and gardening techniques are provided by Horticulture staff. Some knowledge of gardening is helpful. Regular access to email is required.

To find out more about the Gardener Program, come to one of the meet and greet: March 11 or March 15, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Missed the meet and greet, contact Julia Lo Ehrhardt at jlo@tylerarboretum.org.

When: Thursdays, May to October, 8:00 a.m. – noon.

Horticulture Crew

Join our dedicated and fun-loving Horticulture volunteer group in the care and upkeep of our landscape. You must be able to walk and stand for extended amount of time outdoors (rain or shine). Lifting of 20 to 30 lbs. is common. Tasks include mulching, invasive removal and events set-up.  Some knowledge of gardening is helpful. Regular access to email is required.

When: year-round on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 8:00 a.m. – noon.

Natural Lands Restoration

According to Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, garlic mustard, mile-a-minute, burning bush and Canada thistle are some of the worst invasives in Pennsylvania. Without vigilant removal and care of natural areas, we stand to lose natural habitats and therefore diversity. Join our crew to help remove invasive plants from our meadows and woodlands so that our wildflowers and native plants can survive. You will learn how to remove invasives and identify native plants.  Regular access to email is required.  Attend one of our meet and greets held on March 11 and 15 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Email Julia Lo Ehrhardt – jlo@tylerarboretum.org to let us know you are coming.

When: Saturdays, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21 and November 18, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Training: April 15, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Plant Collection Inventory

Help the Plant Records department with the ongoing inventory of Tyler plant collections. Tasks involve label maintenance on trees and shrubs and confirming plant locations on printed maps. Job requires walking throughout the Tyler grounds within the deer fence. Walking will be both on paved paths and uneven ground in plant beds, as well as bending to access plant labels. Must be physically fit. Some knowledge of tree and shrub ID helpful, but an interest to learn plant names is more important. We are currently not actively recruiting but the right person may be added.

When: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon.

Special Events

Do you love community events? Do you find talking to people energizing? Then this is for you. Volunteers are needed to assist with all phases of our special events: event set-up/take down, staffing information stations, leading activities, assisting visitors, assembling gift bags and much more. This is usually a half-day commitment and Tyler provides on-the-job training. Special event volunteer opportunities are posted in the monthly volunteer e-newsletter usually 2 months ahead of the event.  To sign up for our monthly volunteer e-newsletter, click here.  Suitable for Families and Youths.The following are some of our major events and time of year we host them:

February – Pancake Breakfast
March/April – Eggstravaganza
May – Plant Sale
June – Ride, Roll or Stroll the Scenic Loop; Tyler at Twilight
July – Wacky Water
August – Bugs and Butterflies
October – Pumpkin Days

Trail Monitor

Love to hike our 17 miles of trails and want to help in maintaining them?  If you are handy or have experience in trail clearing, join the Trail Monitor group. Volunteers are assigned different trails to monitor and maintain at their own schedule. Tools are supplied. Must be able to work alone. Monitors need to be physically fit and be able to carry tools in and out of work sites.

When:  Mutually agreed upon time.

Indoor Volunteer jobs:

Clerical Assistance

Want to keep your office skills sharp and help out staff? From keying data, completing mailings, and editing documents, this job is great for someone who enjoys computer work. Must know Microsoft Word, basic e-mailing, and have great attention to detail. Knowledge of Excel and mail merge is desirable. A background check will be completed if you are working in the Development Department or Business office. Training provided. We are currently not actively recruiting but the right person may be added.

When:  year-round; one morning per week or as needed.

Crafters

Are you creative and love to express yourself through paint, glue, and glitter?  If your craft room cannot contain your energy, come join our crafting volunteers and put the magical touches to many of our displays. Most of the work is indoors. Work at your own pace. We are currently not actively recruiting but the right person may be added.

When:  April to October; Tuesday mornings.

Interested? Here’s what to do next:

To sign up for individual volunteer opportunities, complete and return this form.
To sign up for our monthly volunteer newsletter, click here.

 

 

 

 

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