Volunteer with Us!

Mass Hort volunteers play a vital role in helping the gardens grow. Volunteers contribute their skills, time, and talent to help us to deliver our mission and ensure the success of the gardens. We welcome volunteers of all ages and offer a variety of seasonal or year-round opportunities to fit your interests, skills and schedule. Sign up for an opportunity here!

Once you are in our Sign Up, you can also view our other volunteer opportunities by clicking the tabs at the top of the sign up page.

It’s a fun way to learn through service, connect with nature, improve health and meet new people. You don’t need a green thumb — our staff will train and guide you. We strive to provide a meaningful and rewarding experience for each of our volunteers. There are options to volunteer for corporate groups, community groups, and teens can also be a part of our volunteer community by contacting Amy Rodrigues at arodrigues@masshort.org. 

Take a look at our current opportunities – we’d love to welcome you to our volunteer community!

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the form below and we will contact you to discuss your interests, schedule and our current needs. To learn more about volunteering, contact our Volunteer Engagement Manager, Amy Rodrigues, at arodrigues@masshort.org.


Our current opportunities include:

2019 Festival of Trees & Extended Dates

Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s annual Festival of Trees at The Gardens at Elm Bank is a delight to visitors of all ages during the holiday season. 

This year, our 11th Annual Festival of Trees runs from the day after Thanksgiving, November 29, through Sunday, December 15th. In addition, this year we are extending our dates. Once the Raffle of Trees is completed on December 15, we will open for two more weekends, December 20-22 and December 27-29 from 4:00 to 8:00PM for guests to come enjoy the holiday lights in the gardens, Snow Village and s’mores at the fire pit. (Please Note: there are no raffle trees during extended dates.)

Sign up here.

An Italianate Makeover

Seeking Experienced Gardeners! Help us prepare our gorgeous Italianate Garden for an early Spring 2020 debut! We will be cleaning out spent annuals, preparing the beds for planting; and then planting over 3000 beautiful spring bulbs!

Sign up here.

Horticulture Volunteers

Assist our horticulturalists and garden stewards with planting, pruning, weeding, mulching, raking and watering. Learn more about plants and gardening while helping care for our beautiful gardens! Click here for more information.

Mass Hort Plantmobile Volunteers

Help cultivate the next generation of gardeners and ecologists! Mass Hort Plantmobile volunteers work with kids to help them explore the plant world through activities at The Gardens at Elm Bank, at schools, and at community events. No experience necessary – we provide on-site orientation and training. Find opportunities and sign up here.

Library Volunteers

Library volunteers help the oldest Horticultural Library in the country run smooth. Sign up here, We are particularly looking for volunteers in the following positions:

Filing – Organize and file periodicals. Short term position with flexible hours and days.

Contemporary Seed Catalog Recorder – Sort and input data onto an excel spreadsheet relating to contemporary seed catalogs acquired by the Library. Computer skills and experience with Excel helpful. Flexible hours and days.

Historic Pamphlet Recorder – Input data onto an excel spreadsheet relating to the Society’s historic Pamphlet collection at the Library. Computer skills and experience with Excel helpful. Flexible hours and days.

Flower Show Ephemera Recorder – Input data onto an excel spreadsheet relating to the Society’s past flower shows. Computer skills and experience with Excel helpful. Flexible hours and days.

Office and Administrative Volunteers 

Volunteers in our office assist with bulk mailings,filings, data entry, and projects for events, development, membership and accounting. Contact Amy at arodrigues@masshort.org for details.

Education Program Volunteers 

Adult education volunteers arrive early to our classes to help set up, check in attendees, introduce the instructor and clean up at the end of the night. You help us to fulfill our mission while listening in on interesting horticulture topics taught by experienced speakers. You must commit to a minimum of five dates. Contact Amy at arodrigues@masshort.org for details.


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