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.
- Training and special educational opportunities
- Invitations to Selby Gardens Volunteer events including the Annual Volunteer Recognition, lectures, an annual potluck luncheon, and more
- 10% discount at The Selby House Cafe and Garden Shop
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If you are interested in volunteering with Selby Gardens please fill out the following application:
Typical Volunteer Positions
Museum Docent: Volunteers will share their knowledge of art, various exhibitions, and history of Payne house with visitors to the Museum of Botany & the Arts.
Tour and Display House Guides: Tour guides and Display House guides share knowledge about the Gardens, the Selby Gardens’ legacy, and horticultural displays.
Welcome Center: Volunteers will welcome guests and provide campus maps, as well as provide detailed campus information.
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.
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.
Horticulture Assistant: Volunteers will assist Horticulture team who is responsible for the care of our plant collection and grounds.
Special Events Volunteers: Volunteers will guide visitors, answer questions, assist with production and much more during Special Events.
Teen Camp Counselor: Camp counselors will be engaged for four weeks for preparation, camp itself, and break down. Counselors should have camp experience, enjoy children, be self-directed, and enjoy nature.
Interested in Volunteering?
Thanks for your interest!
Please fill out a Volunteer Application here.
Volunteers must attend a virtual Volunteer Orientation before you can begin at the Gardens for any position.
After orientation, if you would like to join our organization, you will have a one-on-one interview to determine your skills and interests and to find the perfect volunteer spot for you.