The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden can only grow with volunteers. Join in the excitement of a new beginning at the Botanical Garden. Openings may be available in these areas:

  • Guest Services - admissions desk and garden shop, conservatory and outdoor garden guides
  • Horticulture - garden, conservatory or Show House maintenance
  • Education - assisting with youth or adult programming and events
  • Special Events

Dig in the dirt or provide support for an event - opportunities exist for many interest and experience levels. Learn, have fun and help all guests enjoy this unique environment that blooms year-round.

To submit an application choose from one of the volunteer applications below. Once we have received your information, we will contact you for an interview if your skills and availability match current openings.

Please note that the majority of volunteer roles are on-going commitments throughout the year. There are one-time events that we welcome assistance with from those who cannot volunteer on a regular basis. There are limited numbers of short-term and group assignments. 

The Botanical Garden does not accept applications for court-appointed community service at this time.

For prospective volunteers:  

Core Volunteer Application
For those interested in volunteering regularly (weekly, bi-weekly, etc.). The majority of openings are during weekdays, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. In addition, there are a limited number of roles available on weekends. At this time there are no consistent volunteer roles available in the evening. 

One Time / Short Term Volunteer Application
For those available to assist with seasonal projects (such as clean-ups, plantings, mulching) or events or activities such as the Spring Garden Festival, winter and spring break programming or summer education programs.  

Group Volunteer Application
Group projects for up to eight persons are available very sporadically. Any opportunities would be during the spring, summer or fall months. Groups are welcome to inquire at anytime about the need for such assistance.

For prospective summer youth volunteers:

There are two summer volunteer roles available for youth volunteers (age 15 - college) that support education offerings. Provided are position descriptions for the Summer Camp Assistant and Discovery Tour Youth Co-Leader. Volunteers can apply for one or both using the application below. Applications are due by April 13th and a reference is required.

Summer Camp Volunteer Assistant        Discovery Tour Co-Leader      Youth Summer Application

For prospective Friends candidates:

Provided is a position description for the Friends committee as well as the application. The Friends of the Greater des Moines Botanical Garden provides support to the Botanical Garden through their role as ambassadors. Friends members contribute time, talent, experience and financial resources to the Botanical Garden as they work to develop membership and visitor engagement activities. Applications are due by April 20, 2018.

Friends Committee                     Friends Application

For current volunteers:                        

Current Volunteer Login
This log-in is for active volunteers who wish to view or change their schedule or update their account information.


If there are any questions, please contact Susan Cory, volunteer coordinator, scory@dmbotanicalgarden.com or 515.323.6293.