Volunteer Docents Needed!


Have you ever thought you might be able to lead a tour group through the Conservatory?

The FOC is currently seeking a group of outgoing volunteers interested in becoming the next cohort of Volunteer Park Conservatory Docents.

Docent-led tours offer visitors the opportunity to get an in-depth understanding of the history of the Conservatory and its incredible collection.

The FOC’s team of volunteer docents lead tour groups of all sizes, ages, and backgrounds, and play a critical role in education and outreach on behalf of Volunteer Park Conservatory.

Training will be provided over the course of four weekends. It’s a one of the best ways to learn about the Conservatory collection and history. You’ll learn from the masters; seasoned veteran docents and Conservatory gardeners, and all questions will be answered.

Some of the areas you will learn about include:

  • Conservatory tropical and subtropical collections, including bromeliads, ferns, palms, cacti, orchids, and seasonal plants
  • How Seattle Parks horticulturists work behind-the-scenes, plant production and acquisition
  • How the Conservatory operates as a US Fish and Wildlife repository for confiscated plants
  • Conservatory architecture and artworks, the Homage in Green glass canopy, the 1912 lunette window, and the iron tillandsia trees
  • Conservatory construction history, renovations, and future design plans
  • Community involvement and volunteerism, how the nonprofit Friends of the Conservatory and the Seattle Parks Department cooperate to support the Conservatory and host community events
  • The Palm House Gift Shop and Resource Center

Docents need to be outgoing and able to lead groups from all ages and backgrounds. Minimum commitment required.

Previous educational or tour leading experience helpful, but not necessary to be considered. Criminal background check required

Training sessions begin in the fall, but we will offer several introductory meetings throughout the summer to answer questions and learn about what it takes to become a docent.

To secure a space in the training courses, or for more information, please contact foc@volunteerparkconservatory.org or 206.322.4112

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