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.

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. 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; all our roles are accompanied by the appropriate training.


CURRENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Updated January 2023

Garden Shop

Our beautiful Garden Shop may have volunteer opportunities on both weekdays and Sundays. This role involves 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 would be welcomed but not essential as full training will be provided. 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 (note includes the use of online booking system), 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

Now taking applications for a waitlist for the 2023 team. Note orientation for this team will be scheduled for early April 2023.

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 October, 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 and Edwards Gardens,  and into Wilket Creek Ravine.

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. 

Tour guides are asked to commit to leading a minimum of 2 tours a month (assuming a high tour booking volume).

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.

Volunteer Photographer / Videographer

We’re looking for talented, local photographers and videographers who visit the garden regularly or are available to attend our special events, capture the special and seasonal moments in the garden, document our events and showcase how our audience connects with our mission.

Photographers must have their own equipment (iPhone or digital cameras) and be willing to freely share their images with the Garden for unrestricted use in our storytelling both through our online channels and publications. Photo credits will be offered for all images used.

As a volunteer photographer, you do not need formal education, but you do need outstanding photography skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills,  creativity, and a love of connecting people with plants. Please provide a portfolio of past work and a description of your interests/experience for consideration. You’ll also need computer skills for editing and labeling photos and the ability to upload them to a shared online photography database.


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

QUESTIONS?

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

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