Volunteers are the heart of the Selby Gardens and play a vital role in our mission of research, conservation, and horticultural display. Outnumbering staff by more than 15 to 1, volunteers add the equivalent of more than 20 full-time workers to the Selby workforce each year. They continually tell us that they get back much more than they give: new friends, new interests, and opportunities to learn and grow in some of Sarasota’s most beautiful surroundings.
Typical Volunteer Positions
Mansion Docent: Volunteers will share their knowledge of art, various exhibitions, and history of Payne house with visitors to the Mansion.
Tour and Display House Guides: Tour guides and Display House guides share knowledge about the Gardens, the Selby legacy, and horticultural displays.
Welcome Center/Gift Shops: Volunteers will welcome guests, run the cash register, and assist members and tour groups. Other volunteers may help in the Garden Shop as well.
Ask Me Cart Guide: Volunteers will spend time outdoors providing information about the gardens and answering visitor questions.
School Group Guide: Guide groups through the Gardens and Display House and assist with special programs formulated for groups from schools.
Data Entry: Data entry assistants add important information to the Gardens’ records about its plants, assist with upkeep of our member records, our plant care database and more.
Display Plants Inventory Assistants: Volunteers will be responsible for helping updating records on display plants’ locations throughout the Gardens.
Kids Corner Volunteers and Children’s Rainforest Garden Teen Volunteers: Volunteers will help young visitors find books and puzzles, read stories, look through microscopes, and more.
Walk & Talk Guides: Volunteers will perform half-hour mini-tours throughout the Gardens.
Research Assistant: Volunteers will assist with a variety of projects in research and conservation.
Horticulture Assistant: Volunteers will assist Horticulture team who is responsible for the care of our plant collection and grounds. Positions are available in the Greenhouses and on the Grounds.
Special Events Volunteers: Volunteers will guide visitors, answer questions, assist in the Welcome Center and more during Special Events including the Plant & Garden Festival, Garden Music Concert Series, Tropical Fourth of July, and Selby Lights in Bloom.
Teen Camp Counselor: Camp counselors will be engaged for 4 weeks for preparation, camp itself, and break down. Counselors should have camp experience, enjoy children, be self-directed and enjoy nature.