Featured Volunteer Opportunities


To sign-up or for more information about any of the following opportunities and training, contact the volunteer office at 440.602.8003 or by email at rott@holdenarb.org (unless noted otherwise).


Dig In - Volunteer in Our Gardens!

Weekday mornings, April through November

Come get your hands dirty with one of our weekly crews! Volunteers work alongside expert horticulturists to help keep gardens looking their best, while learning and enjoying
fellowship with other garden-lovers. Ability to work outside and do light gardening tasks required.

Apply online or contact the volunteer office at 440.602.8003 or rott@holdenarb.org

Nature Play Facilitator

Weekend morning & afternoon shifts, June through November

We expect to see many new young faces and families with the re-opening of the Canopy Walk and Emergent Tower. Nature Play Facilitators will be stationed at Buckeye Bud’s Adventure Woods to engage children in hands-on programming, provide directions and share other information with visitors. Facilitators will also help maintain Adventure Woods area and communicate updates with staff. Position requires ability to walk up to half-mile without assistance and sit/stand to interact with children as needed.

Apply online or contact the volunteer office at 440.602.8003 or rott@holdenarb.org

Green Team - Visitor Center Membership Assistants

Weekends, 9:30am-12:30pm or 12:30-4:30pm through Oct. 31

Looking for an indoor position that will still keep you active? Love to talk to people? Volunteers are needed to answer questions and help process new members on weekends in the Visitor Center at the Arboretum. Green Team members are trained to answer basic questions about both organizations, take memberships, and engage the public. Fingerprinting and background check required; one on one training will be provided for new volunteers.

Apply online or contact the volunteer office at 440.602.8003 or rott@holdenarb.org

School Guide

Weekday mornings, year-round but most opportunities are May-September. Fall Training will be held August 31, 9am to 3pm.

Help students discover nature by leading them through a hands-on tour of a Holden forest, field or pond. Prior teaching/ experience with children helpful; sense of wonder and flexibility required. Volunteers attend one-time classroom training, followed by shadowing of veteran guides to learn additional programs and skills before leading on their own. Fingerprinting and background check required and volunteers will be given instructions upon placement. Weekday opportunities only, but volunteers self-select their schedule.

Apply online or contact the volunteer office at 440.602.8003 or rott@holdenarb.org


Goblins in the Garden

Saturday and Sunday, October 8 & 9, 9am – 1pm or 12:30-4:15pm each day

Great guys and ghouls, ages 12 and up, are needed to dress in costume for an assigned station and pass out candy on our Not-Too-Spooky Trick or Treat Trail, or help with family activities, admissions, parking cars and more. Snacks and beverages provided. All training and event information provided day-of and in detailed event confirmation sent to volunteers in advance. No prior experience necessary. This is a great opportunity to try out volunteering with us!

To sign up, download and complete an adult or teen event sign-up & waiver form and return it to the volunteer office or contact us at 440.602.8003 or rott@holdenarb.org.




This page is updated as new volunteer opportunities arise. Be sure to check often. Thank you.