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.

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.

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:

Gardeners’ Fair Volunteers 

Saturday, May 12, 2018 – Volunteers will help with set up and break down for our plant sale, greet guests, assist with activities and programs, promote us through membership sales, and generally help make the event run smoothly and efficiently. Shifts 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sign Up Here

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

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.

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.

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.

Office and Administrative Volunteers 

Volunteers in our office assist with bulk mailings,filings, data entry, and projects for events, development, membership and accounting. Click here for more information.

Volunteer Interest Form

Corporate Groups (link to flyer) 

Are you a business or a group looking for nonprofit volunteer opportunities for your employees or colleagues? 

We invite you to join Mass Hort for a team building day in The Gardens at Elm Bank. Breathe the fresh air, get your hands dirty and enjoy the great outdoors while helping the oldest horticultural society care for its beautiful gardens. Projects include planting, pruning, mulching, weeding, and other tasks that are vital to the success of the plants and gardens. It’s a great way to promote wellness, to care for our environment, and to learn new skills. We welcome groups of all sizes for a minimum of four hours Tuesday through Friday. Food and meeting space options are available. For more information, contact Amy Rodrigues, Volunteer Engagement Manager, at arodrigues@masshort.org. 

Teens and groups can also be a part of our volunteer community by contacting Amy Rodrigues at arodrigues@masshort.org. 

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