Volunteers empower the Friends of the Conservatory to support the Conservatory and its mission, and are integral to making our fundraisers a success. They are, more times than not, the friendly faces you see representing the FOC in the Gift Shop, at events and giving group tours.

Take a peek at our volunteer opportunities below.

If you are interested in joining us and this fantastic community, please complete the online application. Plant enthusiasts and novices alike are encouraged to apply.


Palm House Gift Shop

  • Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm, Tuesday through Sunday
  • Serve as cashier for Conservatory visitors and shoppers
  • Sell Annual Passes and Memberships
  • Assist visitors with Resource Center materials and equipment
  • Answer plant and gardening questions

Become a Docent Tour Guide (recruiting on hold)

  • Lead Conservatory visitors on guided tours of the Conservatory
  • Answer questions about the Conservatory collection and history
  • Training provided; minimum commitment required


  • Writers and Photographers!
  • Attend workshops and events for free while gathering content for our website’s blog or taking photographs
  • Summarize workshops and lectures so that we can share this invaluable knowledge with everyone who couldn’t be there in person

Special Events

  • Assist during fundraisers, including our ever-popular Plant Sales, workshops and lectures
  • Wide variety of duties including; set up and break down, ticket sales, ID checking, drink pouring (with MAST permit), event planning, outreach, supply and donation procurement, developing handouts, logistical planning and more!


Committees help further the mission of the Friends. There are several to choose from, each one offering a more in-depth opportunity to see how a small non-profitoperates. From planning events to reach our fundraising goals, tomaintaining up-to-date interpretive handouts inside the Conservatory– there are always ways to improve! And we love hearing and implementing the ideas that our volunteers bring to the table.

Advocacy & Capital Improvements
The Advocacy Committee is a powerful and necessary political action committee which provides oversight and civic engagement at the Conservatory. The Advocacy Committee advocates on behalf of both the Gardening Staff and facility. It is empowered to ensure private citizens have oversight of governance of the Conservatory, a publicly-held institution. Committee membersreview any proposed changes which affect the Conservatory, review Parks annual budget and line items. attend public hearings and City Council meetings whenever necessary.The committee can bring staff concerns to the City Council members directly in a way that Parks employees cannot. As a 501(c)3, we are not permitted to lobby or raise funds for political causes, however, the committee mobilizes when needed, to inform the public of significant changes which affect operations and maintenance.Contact the Committee Chair if interested: Anthonio Pettit, anthonio@focvp.org

The FOC Education Committee strives to educate and inspire armchair gardeners and experienced botanists alike. Our committee members have a love of plants,both native and exotic,and hope to foster the same appreciation and passion in our community. We host monthly lectures and workshops on a variety of topics, drawing from the expertise of local enthusiasts.We also recruit tour guides for the docent program and help keep the interpretive displays up to date.Contact the Committee Chair if interested: Paige Anderson, paige@focvp.org

Do you like event planning? This is the Committee for you! Discuss event logistics, improvements for our annual fundraisers, supply and donation procurement, volunteer needs, and partnerships with community organizations and businesses. Contact the Committee Chair if interested: Rachel Bennett, claire.wilburn@focvp.org

The Sustainability Coalition is a partnership between the FOC, Seattle Asian Art Museum,and Volunteer Park Trust.The Coalition works closely with Seattle Parks and Recreation todevelop and implement ways the Volunteer Park and its facilities can operate more sustainablywith projects such as harvesting rainwater to be used for irrigation at the Conservatory.Grant writers, financers, landscape engineers, environmentalists, and general enthusiasts needed! Contact the Committee Chair if interested: Gayle Macy, sustainability@focvp.org