Volunteering at Fairchild

Volunteers let a few hours of their time blossom into a world of new experiences while working in Fairchild's beautiful environment. Fairchild volunteers have been an integral part of the Garden’s history and contribute to every aspect of our operations.

Volunteers learn new skills, make a positive impact in the community and the world and advance Fairchild’s mission through their hands-on support of our programs. Fairchild volunteers have access to a wide range of classes and training opportunities. All active Fairchild volunteers who give a minimum of 30 hours of service a year automatically become part of the Friends of Fairchild, which hosts lectures, field trips and social activities.


 Please contact jpeterson@fairchildgarden.org for information on becoming a volunteer today!



Volunteer Requirements

Volunteer jobs require a commitment of 3-4 hours per week for a minimum three months. These are typically done with one shift per week on the same volunteer day, although some volunteer areas are more flexible than others. The minimum age for Fairchild Volunteers is 16. Limited opportunities for students under 16 are avaialble.

Short-term opportunities are available for those that would like to do a one-day volunteer activity or for students requiring community service hours.

Once you are a Fairchild Volunteer, you are required to participate in Core Class Training as well as additional training for specific volunteer areas.

Volunteer Information Sessions

Volunteer Information Events are held throughout the year to inform Fairchild members and the public about volunteer opportunities and requirements. Following the application and interview process, volunteers are selected for programs based on their experience, skills and availability. In certain program areas a second placement interview is required. The types and numbers of openings for volunteers vary considerably throughout the year.

Upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions:


Virtual Recruitment - June 12, 2020 - 2pm

Please email jpeterson@fairchildgarden.org to register!

Due to COVID-19 procedure at the Garden, there are limited volunteer opportunities available. In this recruitment, we will talk about volunteers at Fairchild, what will be happening in the near future, and what will be available in current times.

Where You Can Volunteer

*Current volunteer opportunities are limited. Please see above recruitment information*

Volunteer opportunities are available in the following programs areas.

Conservation Science
Visitor Services
Special Events
Wings of the Tropics
Garden Docents
Volunteer Opportunities for Students


Group Volunteering

Looking for a great way for your group to help out in your community?

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is accepting volunteer groups to assist in the maintenance and beautification of our Garden with a variety of projects including raking, weeding, and pruning.  Learn about this magical place which is home to some of the most beautiful plants on Earth!

Join us for one of our group volunteer workdays from 9:00 am-12:00 pm on the dates listed below. Please plan arrive 15 minutes prior to 9:00 am to complete registration. Park, enter, and check-in at the SOUTH entrance (Staff Parking Lot).


Schedule TBA


General Information and Guidelines

  • Volunteer groups will be required to perform physical labor in an outdoor setting, 
  • Volunteer groups must be willing to get dirty and able to work in all types of weather. 
  • Closed-toe shoes are required and long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and a hat are highly recommended.
  • Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring a signed parental consent form provided once registered. 
  • Minimum age to participate is 14.
  • Individuals are welcome to join any of our group dates. 

What to Bring

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Mosquito repellent 
  • Sunscreen
  • Gardening gloves 
To register, please email jpeterson@fairchildgarden.org with your name, number of participants(limit 30), and contact number. All forms below are required for each participant prior to the event or on the day of.

Volunteer Work Day Form

Parental Consent Form






Volunteer Department Staff

Isabel Sanchez, Director of Volunteer Services and HR

Jemma Peterson, Database and Communications Coordinator

William Navas, Volunteer Coordinator

Contact Us

305-667-1651,ext. 3324 or volunteer@fairchildgarden.org