Volunteering at Fairchild

Volunteers let a few hours of their time blossom into a world of new experiences while working in Fairchild’s beautiful environment. Fairchild volunteers have been an integral part of the Garden’s history and contribute to every aspect of our operations.

Volunteers learn new skills, make a positive impact in the community and the world, and advance Fairchild’s mission through their hands-on support of our programs. Fairchild volunteers have access to a wide range of classes and training opportunities. All active Fairchild volunteers who give a minimum of 30 hours of service a year automatically become part of the Friends of Fairchild, which hosts lectures, field trips, and social activities.

Please contact jpeterson@fairchildgarden.org for information on becoming a volunteer today!

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteer jobs require a commitment of 3-4 hours per week for a minimum of three months. These are typically done with one shift per week on the same day, although some areas are more flexible than others. The minimum age for Fairchild Volunteers is 14.

Short-term opportunities are available for those that would like to do a one-day volunteer activity or for students requiring community service hours.

Once you are a Fairchild Volunteer, you are required to participate in Core Class Training as well as additional training for specific volunteer areas.

Volunteer Information Sessions

Volunteer Information Events are held throughout the year to inform Fairchild members and the public about available opportunities and requirements. Following the application and interview process, volunteers are selected for programs based on their experience, skills and availability. In certain program areas, a second placement interview is required. The types and numbers of openings vary considerably throughout the year.

Upcoming Information Sessions:

Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 – 11:30AM

Sunday, January 9th, 2022 – 11AM

Please contact jpeterson@fairchildgarden.org to register.

Group Volunteer Days

Group Volunteer Days are a way for volunteers to try their hand with horticulture and contribute to beautifying the Garden! Projects can vary and can include weeding, trimming, pruning, major plant removal, plant relocation, and more. These sessions are open to community groups or individuals. We set a limit of 20 , if your group is larger, please contact jpeterson@fairchildgarden.org to discuss.

Usually hosted from 9AM-12PM, but can be flexible.

Upcoming Group Days:

January 12th

January  23rd    – FILLED

February 13th

February 23rd

March 6th

March 30th

April 16th

April 27th

May 15th

May 25th

Please contact jpeterson@fairchildgarden.org to register.

Where You Can Volunteer

Currently recruiting for

  • Wings of the Tropics
    • These hosts educate guests about butterflies while maintaining USDA guidelines for exhibit, butterfly, and guest safety!
    • Shifts vary during the week from 10-1 and 1-4.
  • Horticulture
    • Weekday mornings, positions vary but can include weeding, pruning, planting, invasive plant removal, and more. Must be 18+
  • Membership
    • Assisting with our Phone Campaign and special events!
  • Garden Ambassadors
    • Every day, shifts available 10am-1pm or 1-4pm. Ambassadors represent the Garden and ensure the safety of plants and people by assisting with way-finding, enforcing rules & regulations, and educating guests about collections or locations.
  • Visitor Services: Tram Tours/South Gate
  • Education: Leading children’s group tours during the school year!
  • Growing Beyond Earth: Year 3 Maker Space challenge for growing plants in space! Looking for robotics experience, particularly in Arduino and with relay switches!


Our 15th Annual Chocolate Festival is January 15 & 16, 2022. We have opportunities each day for 3-4 hour shifts in various areas, such as sales, customer service, education. Please email below to get a complete list of openings and sign up!

Please contact jpeterson@fairchildgarden.org for more information!

Volunteer opportunities vary throughout the year, but can include any of the following areas:

Conservation Science
Visitor Services
Special Events
Wings of the Tropics

Fairchild’s Current Internship opportunities:

Volunteer Department Staff

Isabel Sanchez, Director of Volunteer Services and HR

Jemma Peterson, Database and Communications Coordinator

William Navas, Volunteer Coordinator

Contact Us

305-667-1651,ext. 3324 or volunteer@fairchildgarden.org

Volunteer Portal