Volunteering at Tyler: You Make a Difference!

Tyler Arboretum volunteers play an essential role in inspiring and engaging thousands of visitors each year. We are always on the lookout for dynamic and inquisitive people who want to be a part of the Tyler team. As a volunteer at the Arboretum, you’ll have many opportunities to share your talents, explore new areas and connect with people of all ages.

If you are part of a service organization or corporation, please review our offerings and contact Julia Lo Ehrhardt, Volunteer Coordinator at 610-566-9134 ext. 205.

Are you in high school and looking for hands-on experience? We have opportunities just for you.

How to become a Tyler Volunteer

  1. Review the four volunteer categories and sign up to get our Volunteer email newsletter.
  2. Download an application form to fill out and email to or mail to:

Julia Lo Ehrhardt
Community Outreach Manager
Tyler Arboretum
515 Painter Road
Media, PA 19063-4424
(Please designate what you are interested in)


  1. We will contact you regarding your application.

General information

  • FAQ:
    1. I would like to volunteer with my family, can I do that?

    Yes, Tyler has many opportunity for families who want to volunteer together.  Children under the age of 16 must be in accompaniment of a responsible adult during the time of volunteering.  The responsible adult must be at the orientation with the child or children.

    1. What is the minimum age to volunteer at Tyler?

    The minimum age to volunteer by yourself is 16 with the exception of young volunteers in the camp program.  The minimum age for camp program volunteers is 13.

    1. Does Tyler have a minimum hours of volunteering in a year?

    No we do not as we know people have different schedules and different reasons for volunteering.  We do differentiate ACTIVE VOLUNTEERS from NONACTIVE VOLUNTEERS.  Active volunteers are people who have given 20 hours and greater in a contiguous 12-month period.  Nonactive volunteers are people who have not worked 20 hours but remain on our list of volunteers.

    1. What does it mean to be an ACTIVE Volunteer at Tyler?

    ACTIVE volunteers will receive the following;

    • Invitation to the annual volunteer recognition event
    • Tyler Topics newsletter and the Volunteer e-newsletter
    • Tickets to other museums and public programs for April admission.  This is part of the Brandywine Museums and Gardens volunteer month celebration.
    • Ability to nominate the recipient for the Tyler Leadership Award.
    • Take part in volunteer fieldtrips and workshops when scheduled by supervisors.
    1. How do I become a volunteer at Tyler?
      • Review our Volunteer Information on our Website and download a copy of the application form.
      • Attend either the March 11 or 12 Orientation sessions and bring your application form.  Email Julia Lo Ehrhardt –  to reserve a spot at the Orientation.  You must attend the orientation to qualify your application.
      • Can’t make the orientation sessions in March?  The second Orientation is scheduled for mid-June to coincide with Butterfly House volunteer training.  More information will be posted.
      • After Orientation, we will schedule either phone or in person screening sessions to match you to a job or jobs.
    1. Do you have volunteer jobs that does not need me to work outside?

    Yes, we have volunteer positions that are inside for example:  clerical, crafting and much more

    1. Will I be trained for my volunteer job(s)?

    Yes.  Most tasks are trained on the spot.  Some jobs have extensive training in plant identification, tool maintenance and etc.

    1. Would I be working in inclement weather?

    No.  We are not superman or superwoman and would not want you out in inclement weather (excessive heat, severe cold or thunderstorm).

    1.  More questions, call or email Julia Lo Ehrhardt at or 610-566-9134, ext. 205.

To sign up as a volunteer, please complete and return this form.

Volunteer Opportunities

We invite you to explore our many opportunities and discover the right volunteer jobs for you. To help you in your exploration, our volunteer opportunities are divided into four categories. Click the links below to find out more information:



Public Programs 

Special Events 


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