2015 Summer Junior Volunteer Program

Why Become a Holden Junior Volunteer This Summer? We have 3,600 Acres of Fun!

Holden Junior Volunteers are students, age 14-18, that commit to volunteering regularly at Holden for six weeks during the summer (June 15-July 31). Join us and learn new things, have fun and develop leadership skills while sharing your talents with others and the environment.


Junior Volunteers help in ways that interest them – whether it is working with plants or people. Each student is matched with a staff supervisor who will oversee their day to day work and provide guidance as needed.


Junior Volunteers will also have the opportunity to take part in other activities at Holden to experience, and meet staff from, other areas in the organization.


Teens planting


Junior Volunteer Requirements

  • Be between 14 and 18 years old
  • Demonstrate a personal interest in the environment, nature and Holden’s mission
  • Commit to serving two or three half-days (Tue./Thurs. or Tues./Wed./Thurs.) from June 15- July 31, 2015.
  • Agree to consistently abide by Holden volunteer policies and guidelines, including proper dress code, having a positive attitude with coworkers and guests and keeping track of volunteer hours.
  • Obtain a recommendation (form provided) from a teacher, employer, pastor or another adult who knows you but is not family.
  • Complete application and interview with Holden staff to determine placement.

Junior Volunteer Benefits

  • Junior Volunteer name badge and T-shirt
  • Weekly Holden staff and volunteer-led hikes and behind-the-scenes outings
  • Invites to special events and end of summer recognition
  • Build leadership and employment skills
  • Opportunity to build resume for college and job applications
  • Opportunity to learn about a career field
  • Opportunity to meet like-minded teens and adult mentors


To Become a 2015 Junior Volunteer at Holden:

  1. Download an application packet, complete and return to the Holden Volunteer Office by Friday, March 13, 2015.
  2. Choose someone to provide a reference for you, give them the Part D: Reference Form and ask that they complete and return it by Friday, March 13, 2015.
    • Current or past supervisors, co-workers, faith leaders, teachers, and school counselors are examples of appropriate references; relatives, friends and household members are not.
  3. Interview with Holden Staff
    • Selected candidates will be contacted in April to interview with the volunteer office and/or the Holden staff supervisor in the area they’d like to work.
  4. Review Welcome Packet and Confirm Your Schedule
    • Chosen participants will be notified by May 22, 2015. If you are selected, you will be sent the Junior Volunteer Manual and orientation packet to review.
    • Please read through this entirely and complete paperwork as directed.
  5. Attend Jr. Volunteer Orientation
    • All Junior Volunteers are required to attend a group orientation session, along with their supervisors, on Monday, June 15 from 9am to noon.

Have a question about the program or need a hard copy application? Contact the Holden volunteer office at 440.602.8003 or rott@holdenarb.org.