Volunteering at Powell Gardens

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Volunteer at Kansas City’s Botanical Garden

Volunteers are an integral part of Powell Gardens and there are volunteer opportunities available to suit many interests and schedules. All volunteers receive the special perks membership provides which includes free admission, free festival admission,  free parking, discounts on programs, classes and special dinners. Volunteers also receive special  discounts on purchases in the Perennial Gift Shop and a subscription to the Garden View member publication. Volunteer recognition, volunteer education opportunities and social events are schedule periodically expressly for volunteers throughout the year.

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.


Volunteer Exchange Program

Apply now to learn about gardening or sharpen your skills while volunteering alongside a Powell Gardens’ horticulturist. At our Heartland Harvest Garden, our participants will learn about gardening from seed to harvest at their choice of a spring, summer, and/or fall session. Volunteers working in our Aquatics program will have a choice of a four week spring and/or summer session to learn about gardening with and caring for aquatic plants.

Once selected for a program, our volunteer coordinator will follow up with details on where to meet and what to bring.

Click through the opportunities below to learn more and apply.

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.

In 2020, two docent training sessions are offered.

-Training Option 1: This six-week course will meet Thursday afternoons at Powell Gardens (12:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m.) from Thursday, February 6, 2020 through March 12, 2020.

-Training Option 2: This three-week course will meet Tuesdays at Powell Gardens (9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) from Tuesday, June 23, 2020 through July 7, 2020.

For more information regarding the requirements and expectations of a docent volunteer, please read the attached sheet here.

Expectations And Requirements Of The Powell Gardens Docent

Complete the online docent application today! (See form below.)

Docent Application

Additional Volunteer Opportunities