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The Botanical Gardens is Recruiting Volunteers

Andy Grinsfelder

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.  They will learn new skills and can make many new friends with common interests. Volunteer Orientation will be held at the Botanical Gardens on September 6 from 10am to 2pm and is offered free of charge.

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 including; horticulture, facilities, administration, guest services, gift shop, weddings, special events, 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. 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 and 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.  Weddings 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.  Weddings and special events volunteers have a unique opportunity to be part of very special occasions.  Docents 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.

Use #BuffaloGardens and/or tag @Buffalogardens when posting on social media. For more information, visit the Botanical Gardens’ website at www.buffalogardens.com. Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.

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