Become a Volunteer

TBG is a volunteer-based organization that relies upon and values its volunteers to help run our many programs and events and to meet our goal of delivering horticultural information and services. 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 at 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. For most roles, you also need to be comfortable with technology (email, and using online scheduling and booking 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 are 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; the appropriate training accompanies all our roles.


Updated April 2024

Thank you for the high number of applications received for the shop, reception, library, and garden volunteer roles. Interviews are ongoing until the end of April. Updated needs for these volunteer teams will be posted thereafter.

If you’re interested in any of these positions, please submit your application. It will be kept on a waitlist and you will be contacted if additional recruitment is initiated. Thank you.

Children’s Learning Programs

  • 2024 Spring School Program
    Spring school visits are back at the Teaching Garden! As a volunteer, you will support our spring school programs by leading hands-on educational activities for students. 
    Dates: Tuesdays through Fridays, April 9 to June 14
    Shift: 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 2024 P.A. Day 
    Help support the TBG educators during our P.A Day Camps throughout the school year. Volunteers will help support crafts and games, and facilitate a predetermined educational activity!
    Dates: April 8, June 7, 2024
    Shift: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 2024 Summer Nature Camp
    As a volunteer, you will be matched with a trained camp staff that you are supporting for the week, including helping the camp staff and campers through the day’s themed activities (hikes, games, crafts, and free play). Excellent opportunity for high school students to acquire up to 40 volunteer hours in just one week!
    Dates: July 2 to August 30, 2024 (new camp theme each week)
    Shift: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Time Commitment: Sign up for a full week of camp at a time either all mornings, all afternoons or full days!
    March Break Camp at TBG is an excellent opportunity for high school students to gain over half of their 40 volunteer hour requirements in less than a week!
    Dates: March 10 to 14, 2025
    Shift: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Garden Shop

  • Retail Sales Associate
    This lovely volunteer team is currently looking to welcome new members who can commit to regular weekly volunteer shifts. Role descriptions are available upon request. Full retail and customer service training is provided.
    Dates: Specifically looking for Sunday availability.
    Shifts: Morning or afternoon shifts available (10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.)

Welcome Desk

  • Receptionist
    We are looking for engaging new members to join our reception team who enjoy interacting with the public. Role descriptions are available upon request and full training with a focus on customer service skills is provided.
    Dates: Weekdays or weekends starting early April
    Shifts: Morning or afternoon shifts available (10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.)


  • Library Volunteer
    We are looking for engaging new members to join our Weston Family Library team who enjoy interacting with people and around books. Role descriptions are available upon request and full training with a focus on customer service skills is provided.
    Dates: Specifically Weekends availability
    Shifts: 12-4 p.m.

TBG Tour Guide

This team becomes active starting in early May, if there are opportunities for new members this role will be posted at that time.

Seasonal Hands-on Gardening

This team is now active. If we need more members in the coming months this entry will be updated.


Please call our Volunteer Office at 416-397-4145 or
If you don’t see an opportunity that fits your skillset but feel you have something to contribute, please fill out and send in an application form. We’d love to hear from you!


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


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.


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