Current volunteer opportunities are listed below.  After completing a volunteer application, background check and orientation, volunteers train alongside Conservatory staff. To learn more, email or call 614.715.8098.

Volunteer Application Form


Enjoy gardening, or would like to learn more about new plants? Have fun getting dirty while assisting the Horticulture Department! Year-round opportunities include working in the tropical plant collections, botanical gardens, the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus, or downtown at the Columbus Commons. Volunteers work in a group setting alongside staff. Having a green thumb is not a prerequisite! 

Park Revitalization Group: The Conservatory is seeking volunteers to help improve the habitat of native birds and butterflies in the park. Experience in birding and an interest in horticulture is preferred. The group meets on Tuesdays, 9am–12pm.


Share your enthusiasm and knowledge with an audience of all ages and foster a love and appreciation of nature with others. Opportunities include leading elementary school tours and Pre-K classes, and assisting with arts and nature-based family programs. Volunteers are currently needed to assist with summer camps June–August. A background in education is not required, just a fun, positive attitude! 


Educate visitors about the colorful, exotic butterflies during the annual Blooms & Butterflies exhibition (March–August). Assist with other art and nature related exhibitions on view at the Conservatory throughout the year.

Interpretive Guides

Are you a “people person”? Share your enthusiasm for the Conservatory and train to be an Interpretive Guide. Volunteers are needed to lead adult group tours and act as interpreters for exhibitions and special engagements. Training takes place over a series of classes that includes in-depth information on the Conservatory's history, plant and art collections, and tour logistics. No teaching background necessary, but must have great communications skills and a strong interest in sharing knowledge.

Special One-Time Events

Calling all night owls! Put your best foot forward and utilize your customer service and hospitality skills during seasonal cocktail parties and social events scheduled throughout the year.

Create Your Own Niche

Have a special talent or skill that doesn’t fall into one of the categories above? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, at or 614.715.8098 to see if there are any current opportunities.