Over 100 members strong, our volunteer workforces are noteworthy members of our staff team. We work together to provide the best possible experience for our many visitors through out the year. We want your involvement to be both positive and rewarding while helping to further the Gardens' mission to educate both students and the general public alike.
December 2013 calendar- see our Volunteer opportunities for this month
Becoming a Volunteer-
Please contact MaryAnne McMillan if you would like more information on volunteering.
Each prospective volunteer must complete the following:
Volunteers will help the Rutgers Gardens Children’s program coordinator with the school/camp programs that visit the gardens and with the Community Youth Garden (a vegetable garden for Children). An interest in children and sharing learning opportunities with them is important. Volunteers also needed to assist with the maintenance of the Community Youth Garden.
Volunteers are needed for the many special events that are held at the Gardens. Volunteers, both novice and serious gardeners, are needed to help plan both our fundraising and educational events. Events help fund our educational mission while raising public awareness of the programs and activities of the Gardens. Events include participation in Rutgers Day, our Spring Plant Sale, Open House and Wine Tasting Festival, the Garden Gala,and Fall Festival.
Volunteers will support the Rutgers Gardens through plant sales at the Farm Market every Friday from 11:00 pm-5 pm in May through November. Volunteers will inform the farm market visitors about activities and events scheduled at Rutgers Gardens and help with the general set-up needs of the event.
Seasoned volunteers will mentor newer volunteers as they oversee and tend specific gardens throughout the Gardens. Depending upon the garden, the volunteer’s tasks may include helping with the garden design, planting, maintenance and putting the garden to bed in the fall. Volunteers are needed to help our staff/interns maintain our 60+ cultivated acre property. Seasonally, there is a need for help with transplanting flowers and shrubs, pruning of trees and bushes, spreading wood chips and the removal of brush and invasive plants.
Volunteers are needed to staff the garden’s gift shop on weekends from April through October. The Gift shop will also be open during special events. Tasks will include greeting and interacting with our many visitors, assisting with stocking, and the set-up of shop displays. Customer service skills are helpful. Volunteers in the Gift shop will also hand out information about the gardens and the various educational events held here.
On Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10am -12 noon, volunteers can come and learn in the greenhouse by helping complete the week’s to do list. Learn how to properly water, propagate, prune, divide and pot up plants in the greenhouses. Volunteers will be trained in these tasks by Rutgers Gardens staff and seasoned interns. They will learn the accepted Greenhouse procedures and will gain knowledge about the plants found in the greenhouse.
Volunteers will perform administrative duties including mailings (stuffing, labeling, sorting etc.), data entry, filing and the delivery of promotional literature/garden newspapers to various locales in the community.
Volunteers will lead a 90-minute tour one Saturday a month at 2 p.m., rain or shine, as well as group tours by request during weekdays. Tours will include school groups, adult visitors, and garden clubs. Docents will be given training and a garden tour script.
Aside from the obvious benefits of helping the community and the Gardens, active volunteers who work a minimum of 30 hours per year, will learn new skills, make new friends and receive the following benefits: