Seasonal Orientations

Get to know UBC Botanical Garden with exclusive tours and seasonal training. Join us to discover and share the natural treasures of UBC Botanical Garden. As a UBC Botanical Garden Volunteer, you have opportunities to gain knowledge, share your skills, meet other nature and plant enthusiasts, and meet people of all ages. Our most active time is April through October. From students to seniors, we welcome all ages and abilities to come to the Garden to make a meaningful contribution to this amazing place. We have opportunities for many talents and interests. Training is provided. We look forward to seeing you in the Garden.

We host seasonal orientations to share volunteer opportunity information and welcome new volunteers to the Garden. Check back for dates for our next volunteer orientation. We accept volunteer applications year-round, however opportunities may only be available seasonally. For more information on upcoming volunteer opportunities email garden.volunteer@ubc.ca.

Please note that UBC Botanical Garden does not offer planting or gardening opportunities for volunteers.

Friends of the Garden (FOG)

This is a specialized group of volunteers interested in learning and working together to support the Garden. This is an advanced program with special training and unique opportunities to support and plan events, attend lectures and work on horticultural projects in the Garden. Events such as Apple Festival, and Wreath Making as well as Committee and Shop activities keep this robust group active year round. A significant commitment in hours and interest level is required to join this established group of volunteers.

As a FOG volunteer you will have the opportunity to:

  • Increase your botanical knowledge at weekly meetings with guest speakers
  • Contribute to committees and participate in a wide range of duties
  • Make a meaningful impact as part of a historic and invaluable volunteer group

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Garden Guide

Garden guides provide educational tours for visitors. We offer preschool to university level programs as well as drop in, garden club, community group and senior tour visits. We have hosted groups of 10-100 guests with multiple Garden Guides.

As a Garden Guide volunteer you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from horticultural experts on private training tours
  • Gain access to staff and library resources to expand your own knowledge
  • Improve your public speaking skills and gain confidence in sharing information


Garden Greeter

Supporting the Gatehouse Admission during peak seasons, our volunteer greeters provide a friendly function for guests arriving to the Garden. Handing out maps, answering basic questions and helping direct traffic is a great way to volunteer and gain valuable tourism and service experience. Greeters are encouraged to attend free staff tours to become more knowledgeable about our amazing Garden and training is provided.

As a Garden Greeter volunteer you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn and practice customer service skills
  • Interact with a variety of Garden visitors from all over the world
  • Go on complimentary tours
  • Find out about upcoming employment opportunities


Event Support

Every year, the Garden hosts unique events that require volunteers to help out for long table dinners, festivals, lectures or special sales. We need people to check registration, direct guests, and be a friendly go-to for our visitors.

As an Event Support volunteer you will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend and engage with Garden guests at unique events
  • Learn behind-the-scenes organizational skills
  • Increase social interactions and enjoy satisfying teamwork


Garden Outreach

We encourage volunteers to represent the Garden to the public. We attend many events across campus and the region, setting up and staffing outreach displays with maps, posters, calendars and educational samples.

As a Garden Outreach volunteer you will have the opportunity to:

  • Attend fairs and festivals
  • Join in special tours to get to know the Garden better at no charge
  • Interact with people of all ages and increase your public relations skills


Workshop Liaison

Workshop Liaisons help garden workshop instructors set up their classes, for example, to move tables, take attendance, and distribute and collect feedback forms.

As a Workshop Liaison volunteer you will have the opportunity to:

  • Become familiar with experts in your field
  • Contribute to a network of gardening enthusiasts
  • Learn organizational, practical skills for community-based education
  • Gain exclusive admission to special interest courses at no charge


Special Projects

We work with a variety of volunteers of all ages and all levels of expertise. We coordinate opportunities in research, administration and education. The best way to get involved is to attend an orientation, sign up for a shift and get to know us better.

As a Special Project Volunteer you will have the opportunity to:

  • Customize contributions to your own interests and abilities
  • Gain support and mentorship from educators, horticulturalists and experts
  • Pilot your ideas in a unique educational environment

Anything else you would like us to know? You can reach us at garden.volunteer@ubc.ca if you have further questions. Thank you for your interest in supporting the programs we offer.