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.
VOLUNTEER ROLES WITH THE 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, 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 April 2022 – The shop and library have volunteer opportunities to join these lovely teams. Both roles involve a high degree of interaction with visitors, representing the garden and assisting visitors with retail purchases in the shop or book borrowing/inquiries in the library. Previous experience in retail or library services would be welcomed but not essential as full training in the relevant systems and programs will be provided. 3-hour shifts on weekdays and weekends are available. While flexible in nature (you can pick and choose which shift to sign up for depending on your availability) it would be most helpful if volunteers could commit to supporting these roles on an ongoing regular basis.
Available to volunteer for a few hours on the weekend?
TBG’s special events provide a great opportunity to join in the fun. Roles are usually straightforward meet and greet/represent TBG/take registration, for 3-6 hours either at TBG or another location in Toronto. For the larger events, pre-event orientation is provided. No ongoing time commitment is required, so if you have limited time but would like to volunteer at a plant/garden-focused event then connect with us.
Seasonal Hands-on Gardening
Volunteer teams are now at full capacity, accepting applications for waitlist should this situation change in the coming months.
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 contacted to discuss volunteering in more detail and assess the best fit.
Leading Tours as a TBG Tour Guide
Commencing in May with training available in early May and onwards.
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.
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 the best fit.
DOWNLOAD THE VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK: Volunteer Handbook
Please call our Volunteer Office at 416-397-4145 or email@example.com