Join Us

Join a dynamic team that is helping the Botanical Garden become one of the most beautiful attractions in Iowa! Volunteers are essential to our success and help carry out our mission by giving over 12,000 hours of service annually. Volunteers are involved in every area within the organization — share your enthusiasm for the natural world by connecting with guests, nurturing plants, educating or supporting events and activities.

Current Volunteer Login

Botanical Garden Volunteer Vision: The volunteer experience at the Botanical Garden is engaging, collaborative and mutually beneficial to volunteers and staff. The skills and dedication of volunteers enhances the work of the staff providing a team effort to advance the goals and mission of the organization. All involved share a passion for plants which provides the inspiration to create experiences that educate and inspire our guests and the greater Des Moines community.

Explore current openings to find volunteer roles that connect with your interests, skills and availability. If there is a potential fit, please fill out the appropriate volunteer application. Our needs change regularly so if you don’t see anything now, check back to view new opportunities.

Information Meeting on Guest Services Opportunities

Curious about the Garden Host and Tour Guide Roles? Learn more at a meeting on Thursday, September 19, 6 – 7 p.m.

The meeting will review the roles and expectations as well as provide brief demonstrations of each and allow for the opportunity to talk to staff and volunteers about the positions. Position descriptions can be viewed in the list of volunteer opportunities below. For more information or to sign up for the meeting contact dparizek@dmbotanicalgarden.com, 515.402.4276.

Volunteer Opportunities

(click on links to review position descriptions, applications available below)

Volunteer Application

  • For those interested in an ongoing commitment, short-term or one-time volunteer opportunity
  • Ongoing activities include education, guest services, horticulture and administrative support
  • One-time activities include Spring Garden Festival, winter and spring break family programs or various horticulture or facility projects
  • Ages 14 to adult
  • The Botanical Garden is not accepting applications for court-appointed community service at this time

Group Volunteer Application

  • Primary activities include Spring Garden Festival, winter and spring break family programs or various horticulture or facility projects as available
  • Group projects are typically available for up to 10 people
  • For larger groups, please contact the volunteer coordinator
Even if you’re not a gardener, this is a great place to volunteer. It’s a good way to meet people, especially if you’re new to the area. It’ll make you feel a part of Des Moines.
Wes Hunsberger, Botanical Garden Volunteer
Please contact Susan Cory, volunteer coordinator at scory@dmbotanicalgarden.com or 515.323.6293 with any questions.