Volunteer
Volunteer

Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens!

Volunteers are the roots of our Gardens’ history and continue to be a fundamental part of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ operations, mission, and future. As a volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity to learn and explore while sharing your talents. You’ll also engage with people of all ages from all over the world, helping to create meaningful opportunities for guests to connect with the natural world through CMBG. You’ll become an integral part of our family.

Join our dynamic community of volunteers today! Contact Melissa Glasgow, Volunteer & Group Tours Coordinator at (207) 633-8022 or email volunteers@mainegardens.org.
Learn more about the opportunities available below and apply today.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are a variety of wonderful volunteer opportunities available in many of our departments at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Whether you see yourself engaging with guests, helping in the gardens, assisting with children’s and adult activities and classes, or working behind the scenes, there are many volunteer opportunities for you to consider. All volunteers attend a yearly orientation where they learn about the current theme and exhibits, receive guest services training, and learn more about our history and mission.

Volunteers in Guest Services

Ambassadors – If you like guiding and interacting with people of all ages, then being an ambassador may interest you. Our ambassadors are critical points of contact for our guests on their journey through our gardens. Ambassadors greet and engage our guests, offering information about daily happenings, our history, and seasonal events taking place at the Gardens.

Docents – If you like learning and love sharing that knowledge, then you may be interested in becoming a docent. Our docents interact with guests, one-on-one or in small groups, sharing general knowledge of our gardens and history, and in-depth knowledge of seasonal displays, exhibits, and the interpretive theme. Docents also interact with guests as they come through our Native Moth and Butterfly House, or they may lead small groups of guests on highlights or specialty tours of our gardens. Docents are encouraged to participate in the many continuing education opportunities during the season to further enrich their own knowledge.

Gardenshop – If you enjoy helping guests select that perfect purchase, then you may be interested in volunteering in our Gardenshop. Gardenshop offers a thoughtfully gathered collection of handmade, locally crafted, ethically sourced and sustainably produced wares that support our mission to inspire meaningful connections among people, plants and nature – help connect visitors to the perfect item.

Shuttle Drivers – If you enjoy driving and interacting with people, then you may be interested in being a shuttle driver. Shuttle drivers assist guests by giving them a ride to the outer gardens in the courtesy shuttle, while answering questions and offering information. They are expected to provide a welcoming, safe and knowledgeable shuttle experience. To be considered for a shuttle driver shift, volunteers must pass a driving test.

Volunteers in Horticulture

Gardens Grounds Work – If you are interested in a physically active volunteer role and getting your hands in CMBG soil, then you may be interested in volunteering with our horticulture team. Thanks to our expanded garden spaces, the horticulture team welcomes the talented helping hands of volunteers now more than ever before, whether you be a novice or master gardener. Volunteer tasks include mulching, removing weeds, removing spring bulbs, planting annuals, deadheading, thinning, dividing, pruning, and harvesting. Share in the wonder of a garden throughout its seasons, including the feeling of accomplishment of a garden put to bed. Work with the staff and enjoy learning from one another.

Volunteers in Education

Children’s Garden – If you are interested in working with families or helping guests of all ages discover the magic in Maine’s finest children’s garden, then you may be interested in working as a volunteer in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden. Volunteers thoroughly enjoy their time in the Children’s Garden, where there’s so much for guests to see and discover. Volunteers assist with activities, answer guests’ questions, and help with the daily upkeep of the garden.

Horticultural Therapy – If you enjoy helping others and have a patient, flexible outlook, then horticultural therapy might be of interest to you. Horticultural therapy is the holistic and active practice of using plant-based activities to help improve a person’s wellbeing in areas of physical, emotional, cognitive and social abilities. Sessions are led by our licensed horticultural therapist and are tailored to the needs and opportunities of the participants in the program sessions. Groups come from assisted living facilities, adult day programs, and networked programs for people with visual impairments.

Herbarium – If you are creative, detail oriented, and want a task where you are able to sit down, then you may be interested in assisting in curating the herbarium. The herbarium helps document and preserve the plant biodiversity of coastal Maine and the surrounding regions, especially northern New England. The herbarium, a collection of dried and pressed plant specimens, supports the research and education pillars of our mission. The collection is curated by our research botanist and contains specimens dating from the 1840s through the present day.

Youth Education Stewards – If you are between the ages of 11-18 and are interested in volunteering in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden, then our Youth Education Steward Program is for you. Youth Education Stewards (Y.E.S.) implement daily educational activities, read stories, complete daily chores, answer questions, and encourage and inspire both kids and adults alike to play, laugh, and discover in an enchanting garden setting. For more information, and to apply, read more on our Y.E.S page.

Additional Opportunities to Volunteer

Membership Mailings – If you are interested in clerical work and want a job where you are able to sit down, then helping out with the Membership mailings might be a great job for you. Mailing volunteers help with the membership renewal mailings by folding and stuffing letters or stamping and addressing postcards.

Special Events – If you are interested in volunteering from time to time as a greeter or server, then volunteering at special events may interest you. Throughout our season we have classes, lectures, receptions, and other types of events where volunteers are needed to greet, serve, or help out in other capacities.