The Volunteer Park Conservatory Palm House Gift Shop  is seeking volunteers to fill several shifts throughout the week.

Gift Shop volunteers play a critical role, helping support the FOC and the Conservatory, and serving as ambassadors to the thousands of guest visiting from around the world.

The Shop is open everyday 10 am – 4 pm except Mondays. We are open all holidays which do not fall on Mondays. Two 3-hour shifts are available each day; 9:45 am – 1 pm and 12:45 pm – 4 pm.

The Conservatory is a great place to volunteer any time of the year. As the days get cloudy and grey, the Conservatory offers a beautiful and warm tropical oasis. During the summer months the intoxicating fragrances waft throughout Volunteer Park and draw visitors within!

We are looking for friendly volunteers who like to talk with people!

Responsibilities Include

  • Selling gift shop merchandise
  • Welcoming, engaging, and fielding questions and comments from visitors
  • Selling and answering questions about memberships/passes
  • Using a point of sale system
  • Helping guests with Conservatory Resource Center reference materials and sample
  • Basic care of plants in the gift shop (watering, dead heading, restocking, etc.)
  • Reading communications from the Gift Shop Director
  • Restocking retail, organizing, maintaining proper presentation of the Gift Shop


  • Must be able to work a minimum of two 3-hour shifts per month, with a minimum 6-month commitment.
    A 1 shift per week commitment would be optimal!
  • Must be 18-years or older
  • Previous cash handling experience
  • Previous customer service experience
  • Must be punctual and reliable
  • Must be able to work independently
  • Must pass criminal background check
  • A current email and phone number
  • Previous work with non-profits helpful
  • Knowledge of plant care, gardening or botany helpful but not required


To get started

Please provide your name and e-mail address, along with your availability and why you want to volunteer at the Volunteer Park Conservatory.



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