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

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, contact Cassie Stair, Volunteer Coordinator, at cstair@powellgardens.org or at 816-697-2600 x304.

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 contact Cassie Stair, Volunteer Coordinator, at cstair@powellgardens.org or 816-697-2600 x304.

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.