Become a Volunteer

TBG is a volunteer-based organization that relies upon volunteers to help run our many programs and events and to meet our goal of delivering horticultural information and services. We highly value our volunteers and could not run our many quality programs and events without them.  Our volunteers take a great deal of pride in their many contributions to our organization. They strongly support our goals and are members of the community that we serve.

We regret we are unable to offer many active volunteer roles at this time. As Toronto gradually reopens there may be opportunities that become available so please check this webpage for updates. Thank you for your interest and your patience at this time.

VOLUNTEER ROLES WITH TORONTO BOTANICAL GARDEN

All of our volunteer roles involve representing TBG to members of the public and are for individuals who like meeting people and who have good communication skills. You also need to be comfortable with email and using online scheduling systems. Roles often involve working with other volunteers, and many rely on specialist skills/experience and/or need a commitment of at least 6 months. Training is provided, tailored to the role. Some volunteers assist in many roles and there is a wide variety of positions to help, something for everyone! Please read on for more information.

Many of our volunteer roles are unique, the result of finding a volunteer with the particular skills and background to meet a specific need. If you don’t see the role you want listed here, it’s still worth giving us a call! Our main volunteer roles are listed below; all our roles are accompanied by the appropriate training.


CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Updated November 2021 – We regret we are unable to offer many volunteer roles at this time. There are a few that are active and more becoming available in early 2022, please read on for more details and if you are interested the next step is to complete and submit the volunteer application form on this website (or submit your resume). You will be invited to an interview to discuss volunteering in more detail and assess best fit.

Active now:

Garden Shop Retail Assistant

Many shifts are available, weekday and weekend, with a particular need for weekend volunteers.

Providing welcoming customer service to Garden Shop visitors. This beautiful facility is located at the entrance to the building and as a result volunteers here are often the first TBG representative a visitor will meet. This role has a high level of interaction with people, and requires comfort with handling payment transactions using the Shopify point of sale system. Although previous retail experience would be an asset it is not essential as full training is provided. This is a team not a solo role with 2-3 volunteers on each shift and regular interaction with shop management. Note this is primarily an on your feet role. Flexible availability in terms of days and times can be accommodated.

Garden Shop Merchandising Assistant

Key focus of the role is:

  • Assisting the shop manager in putting together and maintaining displays of merchandise.
  • Providing customer service to other shop volunteers and helping handle customer service or clerical issues with clients.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Creating attractive product displays – finding the best locations for positioning products in an appealing way
  • Removing any damaged, expired, or unsuitable products from circulation.
  • Days and shift times are flexible to suit your availability. Would suit an outgoing individual and is a great opportunity to use creativity and flair!

Future Active roles

Adult Education Course Ambassador – January 2022 and beyond

Adult Education at the Toronto Botanical Garden runs on weekdays and weekends during and beyond office hours. Programs run online and in person.

Course Ambassadors are a key part of the Adult Education Team, to be the ‘face of the TBG’ as we welcome instructors and students into our space.

Course Ambassadors work in groups of two to provide support to both instructors and students.

Time Commitment:

Most volunteer opportunities take place during evenings and weekends.

  • Courses run from 1 to 6 hours in length, and sometimes over multiple days or weeks.
  • Course Ambassadors should be prepared to arrive at least 30 minutes before the course starts and stay up to half an hour after the course concludes.

Full role description available upon request.

Seasonal Hands-on Gardening – now taking waitlist for late March/early April start

Commencing in April with small-sized teams, expanding in numbers as restrictions ease.

Volunteers assist the gardening staff in the care and maintenance of our beautiful gardens. This is a very physically demanding role requiring good physical fitness, including the ability to bend, lift, and kneel, the stamina to undertake physical work for a 4-hour shift, and the hardiness to function outdoors in all weather conditions! Volunteers are asked to commit to a regular weekly 4-hour shift (8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday) for the gardening season (April to September, recognizing that vacations/other commitments may require flexing this schedule from time to time). Training and supervision provided.

If you are interested in this volunteer role and can meet the above requirements the next step is to complete and submit the volunteer application form on this website (or submit your resume). You will be invited to an interview to discuss volunteering in more detail and assess the best fit.

Leading Tours as a TBG Tour Guide – starting in May with pre role training available April

TBG Tour Guides lead tours of the TBG gardens and Edwards Gardens, Wilket Creek Ravine, and The Toronto Music Garden. 

At TBG we hope to be able to offer small group tours starting mid-May (exact date to be determined). Full training with a script is provided. 

Excellent communication skills are a requirement for this role together with a love of meeting (and educating) people. This role entails ongoing learning (keeping up to date with what’s in bloom and other garden news of interest) as well as a degree of mental agility, adapting and tailoring the wealth of information in the tour script to the needs and interests of the group you are leading. Basic gardening knowledge would be an asset but not essential. Thorough training and support is provided to get you started in this rewarding role. If you are fluent in another language, we’d welcome your ability to translate our tours for visiting groups.

See more details below. As Toronto gradually reopens, there may be more opportunities available so please check this webpage for updates. Thank you for your interest and your patience at this time.

WHAT DOES TBG LOOK FOR IN OUR VOLUNTEERS?

  • Passion for gardening and the natural world
  • Great people skills
  • Respect and support for others
  • Reliability and dependability
  • Great attitude

INTERESTED IN JOINING THE TEAM?

If you are interested in volunteering with the Toronto Botanical Garden the next step is to complete and submit the volunteer application form on this website (or submit your resume). You will be invited to an interview to discuss volunteering in more detail and assess best fit.

DOWNLOAD & FILL OUT OUR FORM: Volunteer Application Form

DOWNLOAD THE VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK: Volunteer Handbook

QUESTIONS?

Please call our Volunteer Office at 416-397-4145 or tourguides@torontobotanicalgarden.ca

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