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. To ensure our volunteers are best enfolded into the Powell Gardens community and all garden-wide communications, we require all new volunteers to become Powell Gardens members (at any level they choose). 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, please review the volunteer positions described below and complete the online application.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.