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:

Saturday, June 26 2021: 2PM

Saturday, July 10, 2021: 2PM

Saturday, August 7, 2021: 2PM

Please contact jpeterson@fairchildgarden.org to register for any of the above dates!

Where You Can Volunteer

Currently recruiting for

  • Horticulture
    • Weekday mornings, positions vary but can include weeding, pruning, planting, invasive plant removal, and more. Must be 18+.
  • 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.

Jurassic Garden!

Tour guides, weekdays and weekends

Dino Discovery Station – Educate guests with fascinating fossils!

Student Program, Open to students Mondays-Sundays, many opportunities available from the above! Shifts 10-1 and 1-4! Must commit to at least 4 weeks.

Please contact jpeterson@fairchildgarden.org for more information!

Volunteer opportunities are available in the following programs areas.

Conservation Science
Visitor Services
Special Events
Wings of the Tropics
Garden Docents
Volunteer Opportunities for Students

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