Volunteer in Public Programs

If you like to connect with people through educational programs, these are jobs for you. 

Arboretum Ambassadors– Do you love Tyler? Are you a “people person?” We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers with knowledge of the Arboretum to represent and promote us at public events.  Training provided.

When: year-round; on-call for on-site and off-site events

Arts & Crafts Group– If you have craft, sewing, art or wood-working skills, we need you! Enjoy working with others while indulging your artistic or creative talents.

When: year-round; mutually agreeable time

Butterfly-House-Docent-WEBButterfly House Volunteers– Greeters and netters wanted during the Butterfly House exhibit, from June 28 to September 1, 2014. Greet visitors and share information about butterflies and what is happening in the House that day. Net butterflies in the Arboretum and release them in the House. Volunteer schedule flexible; 2 hour shifts with a minimum of two times per month. No experience is necessary, but attendance at training is required.

When: daily;  Late June to early September

Click here to sign up 

Training Session Dates (choose one):
Wednesday, June 11, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Adults only)
Saturday, June 21, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Adults and families with kids)

Citizen Science (CS)–Interested in engaging nature through science? This is for volunteers who like digging into science and understanding how it enriches our lives. Some programs may need specialized training.

  • bug groupCS Watershed Monitoring– Get involved in the new Watershed Monitoring Program at Tyler Arboretum. Volunteers will learn in-depth information about the importance of stream monitoring and our plan at Tyler.

When: March – November. Training has already started. Please check back for future dates.

Exhibit Maintenance– Help us maintain our exhibits by re-stocking and general tidying up. Schedule is flexible. This is perfect for our volunteers that are available on the weekends.

When: seasonal; mutually agreeable time

LachfordHall_2Historic Buildings Tour Guides– Enjoy history? Share that passion with our visitors by leading public tours of historic Lachford Hall and Painter Library. We are looking for engaging individuals to share fact based stories of our historic buildings. Training provided.

When: First Sunday of each month; April to November (plus Winter Wonderland event)


Office Assistant WEBOffice Help– 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 basic e-mailing and have great attention to detail. Training provided.

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


Tyler ActivitySummer Camp Assistants– Work with our education team helping 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.

When: Weekdays in one-week increments from late June
to mid August. Call Liz Hornbach, Youth Education Coordinator at 610-566-9134 ext. 202.


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