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).


Judith and Maynard H. Murch IV Canopy Walk with the Kalberer Family Emergent Tower Ambassador

Sept. 6 through Nov. 1, 2015 Late April through Nov. 1, 2016
Shifts: Saturday and Sundays, 9 – 11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. – 2p.m. and 2 – 5p.m; As-needed on weekdays and for some early evening events, dependant on popularity and weather.


Adventuresome and outgoing volunteers are needed to serve as ambassadors on the new Murch Canopy Walk and Kalberer Emergent Tower. Volunteers will be stationed at key interaction points on either structure to assist guests, provide information and help maintain safety protocols (capacity limits etc.) This is a fun position for anyone who enjoys interacting with people and who wants to be a part of this amazing new attraction. Volunteers are asked to commit to a weekly or bi-weekly shift. Training will be provided on the job.


Note: Position is physically demanding as volunteers must be able to walk up the tower’s 202 steps and onto the canopy walk’s suspension bridges and be unafraid of heights.


Volunteer Gardeners

On-going, April-November 

Weed, water and plant alongside staff horticulturists in your favorite Holden garden! A knowledge of and interest in perennials and gardening experience is helpful, but no experience is necessary. Come get some exercise, learn a few things to take back to your home garden and enjoy working with fellow garden lovers. Work session days and times are as follows:




Display Garden


David G. Leach

Research Station



Garden Partners (Display Garden)


Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden


Layer Rhododendron Garden


Arlene and Arthur S. Holden Butterfly Garden



School Guides

School Guides lead students through Holden’s ponds, forests and fields and teach them about the wonders of our natural world using hands-on activities. Training includes one full-day training session in early Spring and shadowing of current guides as desired. Must be available on weekday morning and afternoons.



Please contact Robin Ott, volunteer coordinator at 440.602.8003 or at rott@holdenarb.org to sign up or get more information about any of the above opportunities.


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