Volunteering at Powell Gardens

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Volunteer at Kansas City’s Botanical Garden

Volunteering at Powell Gardens is a great experience for individuals 16 years old and up. Our volunteers can use their unique skills in the gardens through leading children’s activities, assisting visitor services, and helping with special garden events.

We seek and accept applications for our volunteer program year round and schedule interviews with prospective volunteers to best match needs of the garden and expertise of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering with us,  and are 16 years of age or older, please review the volunteer positions described below and complete the online general application.

Current Volunteers

Our current volunteers use Galaxy Digital to sign-up for volunteer opportunities, as well as clock in and out as they work on Garden projects. Click the button below to access Galaxy Digital.

Galaxy Digital

New Volunteers

We’re looking forward to having you on board! Complete the application below.


Individuals who volunteer at Powell Gardens receive great perks! Not only do volunteers to get spend time in a great environment, but all volunteers receive a pass for free general admission. For more information about volunteering at Powell Gardens, please email volunteer@powellgardens.org.

Current Volunteer Opportunity

Powell Gardens is back with our biggest event of the year — Festival of Lights: Enchantment! We are in need of volunteers to assist with parking, checking-in festival goers, and working concession services. All volunteers will receive two free tickets to the festival and dinner will be provided for those who work longer than 3.5 hours.

Statewide COVID-19 guidelines will be followed to ensure the safety of you and all Powell Gardens guests. See below for dates and times to volunteer!

Week of Nov. 9th

Week of Nov. 16th

Week of Nov. 23rd

Week of Nov. 30th

Week of Dec. 7th

Week of Dec. 14th

Week of Dec. 21st

Week of Dec. 28th

Garden Docents

Docents are a committed group of tour guides and school program instructors who facilitate learning, engage diverse audiences, and help school and adult tour groups discover the cultivated and natural landscapes in the Gardens.

Docents are primarily needed from March through November for tours and programs lasting 90 minutes and are expected to volunteer for 15 tours and/or school programs each year. A curricular framework is provided for docents leading school programs. Garden-related tour themes and outlines are provided to assist docents in planning and crafting drop-in tours. Docents are not expected nor required to be experts in gardening, horticulture, plant care, or botany but must possess these qualities: passion for learning, an appreciation for Powell Gardens, and an enthusiasm for helping others discover new aspects of the garden no matter the age, interest, or ability.

Expectations And Requirements Of The Powell Gardens Docent

In 2020, docent training will be offered 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on August 18, August 25, and September 1.

For more information regarding the requirements and expectations of a docent volunteer, please read the attached sheet here or email volunteer@powellgardens.org.