Volunteer in Public Programs
If you like to connect with people through educational programs, these are volunteer jobs for you. To start, download a copy of our application and let us know about you and what you would like to do. Learn more of what is available in Public Programs.
Butterfly House Volunteers– From late June to early September, guides and netters are needed at the Butterfly House to engage visitors from Mondays to Sundays.
Guides: Greet visitors and share information about butterflies and what is happening in the House that day. Shifts are 2 hours long from Monday to Sunday. You may sign up as many as you want, all we ask is that you commit to no less than 20 hours during the time that it is open. Training is provided and attendance is required.
Netters: Carefully net butterflies in the Arboretum and release them in the House. Our team of butterfly experts will train and provide a list of butterflies to relocate in to the Butterfly House. This is a great activity for the entire family. Volunteer schedule is flexible; 2 hour shifts with a minimum of 20 hours during the time that the house is open. No experience necessary, but attendance at training is required.
When: 2-hour shifts available in late June to early September.
Signups will be discussed at training.
Training Session Dates (required and choose one):
Wednesday, June 8, 1:30 – 4 p.m. (adults only)
Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. – Noon. (adults and families with kids).
Exhibit 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.
Historic Buildings Tour Guides – Enjoy history? Share that passion with our visitors by interpreting information about of historic Lachford Hall. We are looking for engaging individuals to share fact based stories of our historic buildings. Training provided.
When: April 3 and 17. May 1 and 15. June 5 and 19. July 3 and 17. September 25. October 9. November 13 (plus Winter Wonderland event). Training provided, please contact us ahead of time. The minimum commitment is 4 weekends.
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. Training provided.
When: year-round; one morning per week or as needed
Summer Camp Junior Counselors– Work with our education team engaging campers with games, hikes, crafts and projects. We are looking for mature young adults (ages 14 to 21) who would like to explore opportunities in environmental education, have fun and acquire leadership skills. Some experience with camp programs whether in attendance or leading is helpful. Deadline for application is May 1.
When: Weekdays (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) in one-week increments from late June to mid-August. Minimum commitment is 2 weeks. Call Liz Hornbach, Youth Programs Manager at 610-566-9134, ext. 202, or click here to get more information and click here to download a Camp Counselor application form.