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Join hundreds of volunteers who provide over 20,000 hours each year supporting the Bellevue Botanical Garden and Garden partners.

The generous support of Bellevue Botanical Garden volunteers 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!

Requirements for all Volunteers:
  • Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Criminal background checks are required for some positions.

To inquire about volunteering, please contact us by email, or fill out the online volunteer application.

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Volunteer Opportunities

See below for ongoing volunteer opportunities. Opportunities are organized by primary focus area. Please note that these opportunities are not always available, as volunteer needs vary throughout the year. Please contact us for more information about current volunteer needs.

Visitor Experience Teams

Docent

Lead tours of the Garden. Stroll the Garden with visitors and share interesting information about the Garden and its history. Training classes are provided annually. To learn more, please email us.

Trillium Store

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.

Garden Beautification

The Garden beautification team meets for two hours on Saturdays to help clean signs and benches and pick up trash as we make our way through the Garden.  This is a great opportunity to enjoy the whole Garden, while making an impact

Outreach Teams

The Buzz Writer

The Buzz is the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society’s quarterly publication exclusively for members. This publication is written entirely by the Buzz Team, which is made up of volunteers and Garden staff. If you love to write, we invite you to join this team of dedicated and talented writers who generate article ideas, conduct interviews and research, and write articles. As part of the application process, we require a one page (500 words) writing sample and a brief meeting with you. Once you are on the team, requires quarterly meeting (March, June, September and December on the second Tuesday at 1pm) and commitment to meeting deadlines.

Event Hospitality

Help plan and execute a wide range of community-building and fundraising events, including annual events such as Mother’s Day, Arts in the Garden, and Garden d’Lights, as well as one-time events.

Event Support

Greet visitors to the Garden, sell tickets, and provide special event support.

Education Teams

Children’s Programs

Assist with botany-related educational opportunities for children ages 3 to 12 years, including Living Lab, Kids in the Garden, and Scouts programs.

Adult Education

Help design, coordinate and host our adult education programs. Identify and recruit speakers on a broad range of gardening and garden-related topics. Requires monthly meeting.

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.

Installation & Take Down Team

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.

Horticulture Teams

Garden Paths & Beds

Assist Garden grounds staff and partner volunteers in creating, planting, pruning, weeding, and maintaining beds. Sun, Mon, Tues, and Thurs from 9-11 AM.

Waterwise Garden

Participate in a work party with Bellevue Utilities on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, spring to fall.

Perennial Border

Work with the Northwest Perennial Alliance every Thursday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.

Rock Garden

Work with the NW American Rock Garden Society on Wednesdays from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM