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The Botanical Gardens is Recruiting New Volunteers

Erin Grajek

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is recruiting new volunteers. Volunteers at the Botanical Gardens support many different aspects of the organization.  They learn new skills and can make new friends with common interests. Volunteer Orientation will be held at the Botanical Gardens on June 12 from 10am to 2:30pm and is offered free of charge. 

Botanical Gardens’ volunteers are truly part of their family.  Volunteers learn about plants and provide support for ever-growing programs. There are many volunteer opportunities at the Botanical Gardens including horticulture, facilities, administration, visitor services, weddings, special events, education and docents. 

Individuals may choose to train as a horticulture volunteer and work inside and outside the conservatory on many different projects. Horticulture volunteers help create aspects of different exhibits, set up horticulture displays for the entire community to enjoy, re-pot plants from the collection, care for specific areas or plant collections, weed, water and so much more. Individuals that are handy in carpentry, have an eye for general maintenance, engineering or construction backgrounds are enthusiastically welcomed.  Administrative support volunteers assist the staff with general office work, data entry and more.

Visitor services volunteers are considered the Botanical Gardens’ welcome wagon.  They are trained to work at the admission desk and in the Gift Shop. Weddings and special events volunteers assist staff with executing very special moments for Botanical Gardens’ clients.  Volunteers help welcome guests, arrange décor and enhance personal touches to ensure the event is extraordinary. Volunteers also help to keep the groom out of sight until the bride is ready to walk down the aisle.  Docents and Education Volunteers lead tours, teach hands-on programs, help with field trip programs, Kids Day and Wegmans Family Day events.  They answer visitor questions during special plant exhibits and assist education staff in programs that inspire visitors of all ages.

Karen Hammer, Program and Volunteer Coordinator comments, “Branch out, turn over a new leaf, and join the Botanical Gardens’ Volunteer Family!”  Internships in horticulture, marketing, development, education and special events are also available all year-round.  Register for Volunteer Orientation by June 7 at www.buffalogardens.com, contact Karen at khammer@buffalogardens.com, or call 716.827.1584 ext. 207.

Use #BuffaloGardens and/or tag @Buffalogardens when posting on social media. For more information, visit the Botanical Gardens’ website at www.buffalogardens.com. The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.


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