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

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

May & September Plant Sales

  • Set up tables & displays, carry plants, give plant advice.
  • Distribute neighborhood posters, help with promotion
  • Option to serve on the Plant Sale Committee
  • Help with Pop Up Plant Sales in between regular Plant Sales

Special Events

  • Help out during fundraisers, workshops, demonstrations and other unique events at the Conservatory
  • Wide variety of duties including; welcoming guests to Conservatory, checking ID’s, set up and break down, ticket sales, drink pouring (with MAST permit) event preparation and promotion.
  • Option to serve on the Events Committee

Community Engagement & Outreach

  • Distribute brochures to neighborhood businesses, hotels and other tourist areas
  • Help recruit new volunteers, donors and event sponsors
  • Connect with the larger community by representing the FOC
    when participating in neighborhood events