Volunteers working in Terrace Garden at Powell Gardens


Learn new things, meet friends, have fun, make a difference!

Volunteers are an integral part of Powell Gardens, whether working behind-the-scenes in administration or programming or front-and-center working as gardeners or event support. Volunteer opportunities are available to suit many interests and schedules — whether you have a few hours a week, a few hours a month, or a few days out of the year just to help at special events or festivals. There are many ways to become involved at Powell Gardens no matter your availability or level of expertise.

All new volunteers are required to become Powell Gardens members and will receive all the special perks a membership provides. These include discounts on programs, classes and purchases at the Perennial Gift Shop, free festival parking and admission, and a subscription to the Garden View member publication. Volunteer recognition and social events as well as specialized trainings are scheduled periodically throughout the year.

There are opportunities for everyone at Powell Gardens. We can't wait for you to join us!



Current Volunteer Opportunities

Listed below are our currently available opportunities. We seek and accept applications for our volunteer program year-round. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please fill out this form or contact the Director of Education at 816-697-2600 x308. Thank you!

Events Entourage

Assist with special events, festivals, programs, classes and workshops by choosing your preferred job and shift. This position interacts with the public in a variety of ways. Jobs may include anything from class registrant check-in to manning craft activity tables, decorating for special events and much more.

Garden Guides

This crew works year-round as an extension of our education staff by serving as docents who engage adults and children in discovery tours and curricular programs.

Garden Gurus

These volunteers assist our horticulture staff in planting, weeding, harvesting and maintaining our plant collection onsite. Volunteers may work in the Heartland Harvest Garden, Visitor Center and Conservatory, Island Garden, Beals Woodland and Stream Garden, Perennial Garden, Greenhouses and/or Fountain Garden and Magnolia Walk.

Free Rangers

Assist with our foodie programs and dinners which help help educate the public about the source of their food and the journey of food from seed to plate. Free Rangers may assist with the CSA (community-supported agriculture) program and support our staff in the development of special food products created using produce from the Heartland Harvest Garden.

Butterfly Brigade

This seasonal group of volunteers works exclusively and intensively to to assist with the hatching and care of our butterflies and moths before and during the annual Festival of Butterflies.

Powell Hosts

These volunteers provide the essential details that give our visitors an extraordinary experience working in the Perennial Gift Shop, reFresh Snack Shop or driving the Heartland Harvest Garden tram.

Powell Partners

These behind-the-scenes volunteers assist in the administration and maintenance departments in a variety of ways on a weekly or monthly basis year-round or as needed.


Did you know? Many companies offer volunteer grant programs, also known as “Dollars for Doers”? Through these programs, companies provide monetary donations to eligible nonprofits such as Powell Gardens as a way to recognize employees or retired employees who volunteer.