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The Botanical Gardens is Recruiting Volunteers

Erin Grajek

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced it is recruiting new volunteers. Volunteers at the Botanical Gardens support many different aspects of the organization and volunteers make new friends while learning new skills.  Volunteer Orientation will be held at the Botanical Gardens on September 8 from 10am-2pm and it is free to sign up.

Botanical Gardens’ Volunteers are truly part of their family.  Volunteers learn about plants and provide support for ever-growing programs. There are many volunteer opportunities at the Botanical Gardens. Opportunities include; horticulture, facilities, administration, guest services and gift shop, weddings and special events and education and docents. 

Individuals may choose to train as a horticulture volunteer and work inside and outside the conservatory on many different projects. Horticulture Volunteers help create aspects of different exhibits, set up horticulture displays for the entire community to enjoy, re-pot plants from the collection, care for specific areas or plant collections, weed, water and so much more.  The Botanical Gardens is also seeking facility volunteers.  Individuals with a handy nature, carpentry or electrical skills, an eye for general maintenance, engineering or construction backgrounds are enthusiastically welcomed.  Administrative support volunteers assist the staff with general office work, data entry and more.

Guest Services & Gift Shop Volunteers are considered the Botanical Gardens’ Welcome Wagon.  They are trained to work at the admission desk and in the Gift Shop. Guest Services and Gift Shop Volunteers are an extremely important part of the Botanical Gardens’ team.  Wedding and Special Events Volunteers assist staff with executing very special moments for Botanical Gardens’ clients.  Volunteers help welcome guests, arrange décor, and enhance personal touches to ensure the event is extraordinary. Volunteers also help to keep the groom out of sight until the bride is ready to walk down the aisle.  Wedding and Special Events Volunteers have a unique opportunity to be part of very special occasions.  The Botanical Gardens is also seeking Docents to lead tours, teach hands-on programs and help with many educational events such as field trip programs, Kids Day, Wegmans Family Days, answer visitor questions during special plant exhibits and assist education staff in programs that inspire visitors of all ages.

Karen Hammer, Program and Volunteer Coordinator comments, “Branch out, turn over a new leaf, and join the Botanical Gardens’ Volunteer Family!”  Internships in horticulture, marketing, guest services, development, education and events are also available all year round.  Register for Volunteer Orientation at www.buffalogardens.com or contact Karen at khammer@buffalogardens.com or by calling 716.827.1584 ext. 207.

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization located in Buffalo, NY that is dedicated to advancing appreciation for and knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits. @BuffaloGardens, #buffalogardens

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