WVBG Volunteer Information
Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer with the West Virginia Botanic Garden. Those who have visited the Garden know it is a treasure well worth protecting and nurturing. Without dedicated volunteers, the West Virginia Botanic Garden would not be where it is today. The variety of volunteer opportunities provides something for everyone, and every helping hand is greatly appreciated.
Site Projects- Lend a hand at the WVBG. Projects may include preparing, planting or transplanting in new or existing gardens, trail maintenance, pruning, invasive plant removal, and other hands-on projects. You could also become a Garden Keeper and share the upkeep responsibilities of a specific garden or plant bed throughout the year.
Educational Programs, Workshops, and Visitor Services- Share your knowledge and enthusiasm with WVBG visitors. Become a Group Tour Leader, Educational/Interpretive Walk Leader, or Children’s Program Leader. If you have a specific skill, you could lead an Educational Workshop.
Event Planning/Assistance- Help us make each WVBG event a success. As part of an event committee you can assist with planning, including choosing activities, publicizing the event, organizing food, etc. You can also help during the event by running activities, organizing crowds, serving food, event set up and take down, and more.
Public Relations- Get the word out about the WVBG, our activities and events. This could include assistance with our newsletter,website, informational brochures, press releases, event flyers, and more. Become a Botanic Garden Host and greet site visitors.
Fund-raising and Grant writing- Help the WVBG grow with financial support. Fund-raising may include production of materials for potential donors, making phone calls, and organizing fund-raising events and activities. Grant writing may include researching and identifying potential funders, as well as assistance with application organization and preparation.
Administrative Assistance- Provide assistance with projects and on-going WVBG administration. This could include organizing mailings, compiling information, writing and sending correspondence, updating databases, making plant labels, assisting with volunteer coordination, and other tasks as needed.
Student Community Service- Are you a high school or college student? Gain volunteer experience or internship credit when you volunteer with the WVBG in one of the capacities listed above or on a special project.
Special Needs for 2017
Although we welcome and are accepting volunteers of all kinds, the following positions have been identified as meeting a specific need for 2017:
Botanic Garden Hosts- Staff the Welcome Center desk and greet visitors to the site, providing them with information and orientation.
Garden Keepers- Share the upkeep responsibility for one of our gardens or garden beds. This generally requires a weekly commitment.
Plant Protection Unit- This team of volunteers helps to protect our plants from deer by spraying them regularly with an eco-friendly mixture of milk and water.
Group Tour Leaders- Lead organized tours of the Botanic Garden. Topics vary based on interests of the group and knowledge of leader.
School Program Instructors- Help instruct students visiting the WVBG on a school field trip.
WVBG Volunteer Handbook and Volunteer Application
Please click here for a pdf of the WVBG Volunteer Handbook, which will orient you to the organization and its volunteer program.
The best way to apply is to fill in the WVBG Volunteer Application form online here.
If you are unable to fill in the online form, see additional options below.
Contact Kay Jones at
for a version of the application in Microsoft Word you could fill in and send back to her or click here for a pdf of the WVBG Volunteer Application you can print and mail to:
WVBG, Attn:volunteer coordinator, 714 Venture Dr. #121, Morgantown, WV 26508
If you have questions, or would like to learn more, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Kay Jones at
or call 304-322-2093.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the West Virginia Botanic Garden.
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