The Garden is a wonderful place to make a contribution to your community, build social and professional contacts, increase knowledge and skills and add to personal growth. Volunteers play a key role in the success of our programs and in the comfort of our visitors. Volunteers contribute new and unique skills, ideas and experience to the organization.
Volunteers contribute many hours in almost every Garden department. New volunteers are interviewed and then placed according to the Garden's needs. As these needs change, other opportunities for volunteering become available. Please review the list of Volunteer Opportunities to determine your areas of interest, and then fill out our Online Application Form.
The Botanical Guardians volunteer network has been described as our “hands and eyes across the state” by our colleagues at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Guardians who have received special training work alongside conservation professionals on a variety of projects such as population monitoring (our Local Stewards projects), seed collecting and invasive species removal. Trusted volunteers help plant safeguarding populations for Georgia’s most imperiled plant species and help restore Georgia’s most critically rare habitats. We need more volunteers, and we will train you. The only requirements are that you are passionate to learn and promise to keep site locations of rare plants a secret.
The mission of the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer program is to assist University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension by training Master Gardener Extension Volunteers to provide unbiased horticultural information through volunteer community service and educational gardening projects using applied research and the resources of the University of Georgia. If you are in the Athens area the local Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer program is coordinated by the Athens-Clarke County Cooperative Extension office. Classes are held at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Applications are available July 1st each year and are due no later than November 1st for consideration for the following year’s class.