Join hundreds of volunteers who provide over 20,000 hours each year supporting the Bellevue Botanical Garden and Garden partners. Their generous support plays a crucial role in the success of the Garden. There are many volunteer opportunities available, from participating in educational programs and helping with special events, to assisting with outreach and providing horticultural assistance—all essential in enriching visitor experience. Whatever your passion, the Garden can use your interest and talent! To inquire about volunteering, contact Cynthia Welte, Program Coordinator, at (425) 452-6826 or by email, or fill out the online volunteer application.
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Requirements for all Volunteers:
- Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
- Criminal background checks are required for some positions.
- Some positions may require membership in the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society.
Fill out the online volunteer application
Visitor Experience Teams
Lead tours of the Garden. Stroll the Garden with visitors and share interesting information about the Garden and its history. Training is provided annually.
As an ambassador of the Garden, greet visitors when they first arrive at the Garden. Assist shoppers, work as a cashier, and provide inventory support.
Special Event Support:
Help ensure the Garden’s special events run smoothly and safely. Assist visitors, patrol the grounds, and support garden staff with operational duties.
Help promote and communicate the Garden’s brand and message to all delivery channels including social media, press
releases, flyer distribution, online, and print calendars.
Help plan and execute a wide range of community-building, fundraising, and pop-up events, including Mother’s Day, Arts in the Garden, and Garden d’Lights.
Assist in the creation of the Garden’s quarterly printed newsletter, The Buzz. Conduct research and interviews for articles, and/or write, edit and proof-read content.
Assist with botany-related educational opportunities for children ages 3 to 12 years, including Living Lab, Kids in the Garden, and Scouts programs.
Help design, coordinate and staff education programs. Identify and recruit speakers on a broad range of gardening and garden-related topics.
Assist Garden grounds staff and partner volunteers in creating, planting, pruning, weeding, and maintaining beds. Tuesday mornings, 9am-11am.
Participate in a work party with Bellevue Utilities on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, 1pm-3pm, from spring to fall.
Work with the Northwest Perennial Alliance every Thursday at 10am.
Garden d’Lights Teams
Build & Repair Team:
Renovate and repair existing displays, build new ones, and plan displays. Sit alongside “veterans” to learn how to build a light display.
Participate in set-up, installation, light maintenance, and take down of displays from the last week of October until the Monday of Thanksgiving week. Take-down is the first week of January.
Greet visitors to the Garden, sell tickets, and provide special event support.
Help with clerical and special projects in the administrative offices as needed.