Come share in the experience ~
Do you enjoy getting your hands dirty while learning about desert plants from Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park horticulturists and groundskeepers? Or do you prefer keeping them keyboard clean in an office environment? Or maybe guiding a general walking tour of the 1.5 mile long main trail?
Volunteers lead most of our guided tours, and assist in countless other ways, too! Our volunteers range in age from 12 to 85, and we have both resident "Park Host" volunteers and (more numerous) those who drive up once a week or a couple of times each month to put in a morning or afternoon working with us.
Review the available positions and contact the Volunteer Coordinator with any questions, concerns, or to sign up.
Resident "Park Host"
These volunteers are typically RV-owners who live and work here during the fall, winter and spring leading guided walking tours, taking daily park admission at the visitor center and the contact station, helping in the gift shop, and staffing the hospitality table in our entrance breezeway. Park Hosts are required to serve 20 hours per week (per person) and are offered a full hookup site with electric, sewer, water, and propane.
Grounds & Gardens
Most of the volunteers attracted to the Arboretum enjoy working in the gardens alongside our staff. You don't have to be a gardening expert or have a green thumb — you just need to be enthused to learn, willing to work outdoors, and to get a little bit grubby while on the job. There's no minimum time committment, but most Grounds & Gardens volunteers drive up to work a half-day once-a-week, or monthly. This assignment can include nursery propagation, and some light maintenance.
Interpretive Tour Guides
If you would enjoy leading bird walks, butterfly walks, or the Arboretum's own unique and surprisingly popular "Learn Your Lizards" guided tour? We need you! Tour guides also lead general tours that explore the main trail for about 60-90 minutes, teaching visitors about Arboretum history and sharing basic information about Sonoran desert plants and animals. Tour guide training sessions are offered in December and January, but you can get started any time of the year.