Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do at the Gardens. RBG volunteers come from all walks of life but share one thing in common; our love of the Natural World and our desire to share it with others.
At RBG, you can choose the volunteer work that best fits your interests, skills and availability. Whether you’re interested in volunteering 4 hours a year, or 4 hours a day, we’ve got a place for you.
1-Day Conservation Projects
RBG is always looking for volunteers to help with conservation and restoration projects in our natural lands in Burlington and Hamilton. If you’re someone who has a busy schedule, but would like to get outside and make a difference in our natural world, consider joining our Natural Lands Team.
By participating on projects like these, you’ll have the opportunity to meet like-minded people, be active and make a tangible difference in the natural world.
- Tree plantings
- Invasive plant removal
- Habitat protection for species at risk
- Shoreline cleanups
This volunteer role is appropriate for adults and high school students who enjoy being active in the outdoors.
Conservation Team Schedule
Volunteers on this team sign up to receive notifications of upcoming projects and RSVP to attend the events which complement their interests and availability.
- March through November: primarily weekdays, during daytime hours
- In April and in the Fall, we also host projects on Saturday mornings.
Join RBG’s Team of dedicated Volunteers
If you’re interested in volunteering at RBG throughout the year, we’d love to work with you to find a role that matches your interests, background and availability. There is no experience necessary to join this volunteer team, but volunteers are expected to be able to commit to a minimum of two half days a month.
By joining our team, you’ll have the opportunity to:
- work alongside experienced and welcoming staff, students and volunteers,
- learn from speakers with expertise in the Natural World and
- make a tangible difference in our community.
Current Volunteer Team Openings
Role: Volunteer Gardeners work together and alongside staff and students to ensure our display gardens are at their best. It is a great opportunity to learn more about plants in a social environment. Volunteer gardeners leave every shift with clear evidence of the work they have accomplished and the impact they have had.
Eligibility requirements: No experience necessary. Must be able to commit to one morning Tuesday-Friday and enjoy working outdoors.
Role: RBG strives to help visitors increase their knowledge of and connection to the natural world. Interpretative volunteers are an important part of this team. They explain displays, highlight interesting features and provide hands on learning opportunities for visitors. Flexible scheduling available.
Eligibility requirements: No experience necessary, training provided. Must be friendly and enjoy chatting with the public. Flexible scheduling available 7 days a week.
Role: Throughout the year volunteers work to help enhance the visitor’s experience at special events. We provide an exceptional level of customer service and help to ensure that events run smoothly. We help wedding guests find their way to the right ceremony, we steer parents and children towards fairies and elves during the Enchanted Weekend, in October we carve Jack O’ Lanterns for the Great Pumpkin Trail and as Christmas approaches, we watch over the magnificent model train display and help to provide magical details in Santa’s workshop.
Eligibility requirements: No experience necessary, training provided. Must be friendly, positive and enjoy working with the public. Flexible scheduling available 7 days a week.
Role: Ambassadors welcome visitors and provide information on points of interest at RBG and in the natural world. They answer questions and are a friendly and reassuring presence for our guests.
Eligibility Requirements: No experience necessary, training provided. Must be welcoming and enjoy working with the public. Flexible scheduling available 7 days a week.
Role: Biodiversity Guardians work with our Conservation Department to remove invasive plants from our Natura Sanctuaries.
Eligibility Requirements: No experience necessary, training provided. Volunteers on this team typically work independently and need to be comfortable doing physical, outdoor work.
Role: Tour Guides enjoy conducting group tours of our beautiful gardens. You do not need to be a ‘plant expert’ in order to be Tour Guide, we offer training and also tell stories about the history of our space. New Guides are able to assist with tours led by experienced guides until they feel comfortable to be on their own.
Eligibility Requirements: Confidence public speaking and walking/standing for up to two hours. This role requires weekday, daytime availability, but has flexible hours.
Role: Outreach volunteers attend local community events and festivals to connect people with nature and provide information about RBG and the world around us. They share interesting facts with people of all ages and unite their passion for the environment and for people.
Eligibility requirements: No experience necessary, training provided. Must be friendly, welcoming and enjoy working with the public. Most of these events are held on weekends.
Have another passion?
If there is another role that you have mind, please complete the form below or email email@example.com to let us know how you would like to be involved at RBG.
Apply to join our dedicated team of Volunteers
If you’re interested in joining our team in one or more of the roles below, fill out the Volunteer Inquiry form. Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you within 5 business days with the full application and to set up an interview.
Engage and recognize your staff team, while giving back to the community.
At RBG we work closely with corporate partners to design a program that matches the needs and interests of your organization.
- Engage in team building
- Recognize your staff
- Conserve the natural world
- Promote your organization’s commitment to the community on RBG’s social media
Corporate groups participate in a wide variety of volunteer projects at RBG, including:
- Tree planting days
- Watershed clean ups
- Pumpkin carving
- Landscaping projects
Make a day of it! Ask us about including:
- Meeting space for corporate retreats
- Meals and refreshments
- Tours of our gardens or hikes in our nature sanctuaries
Interested in Volunteering?
Are you interested in volunteering with us? Please complete the form and our team will review and get back to you in 5 business days. We’re excited to start working with you.
How old do you need to be to volunteer at RBG?
- For most roles and projects volunteers need to be high school aged or older.
- If you’re looking for a family friendly volunteer experience, consider joining us at our Earth Day Tree Planting Festival each April, or at our shoreline clean-up events in the fall each year. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can let you know when the next family project is being held.
What is the process to join our Conservation Projects Team?
- Complete the volunteer form on this page to indicate your interest in volunteering with us.
- Once we determine if the Conservation Projects Team is a good fit for you and your interests, you’ll be asked to complete and return and one-page volunteer application.
- Once we have your completed application form, we’ll add you to our Natural Lands Conservation Projects distribution list and you’ll begin to receive notifications of upcoming projects.
- Simply RSVP to attend the projects that align well with your interests and availability and we’ll teach you everything you need to know on event day!
What is the process to join our team of dedicated Volunteers?
- Complete the volunteer form on this page to indicate your interest in volunteering with us.
- Once we determine if this Volunteer Team is a good fit for you, we’ll schedule a meeting for you with one of the Volunteers on our Volunteer Placement Team. At your initial meeting we’ll have an opportunity to learn more about you and to share information with you about the volunteer experience at RBG, we’ll also ask you to complete our volunteer application form.
- Next we’ll ask you to attend a Volunteer Orientation Session (offered twice a month) and
- Finally, you’ll receive specific information/training unique to your volunteer position.
Can a high school student work towards completing their 40 community service hours?
Absolutely. Simply email email@example.com when you need to submit your proof of volunteer service.
Are there volunteer positions that are best suited for high school students?
High school students are welcome to join many of our volunteer teams. The three most popular volunteer roles for high school students are:
- Volunteering at our summer camp or working as a Camp Junior Staff: https://www.rbg.ca/youngleaders#camp
- In the fall, students might consider joining our YES Alliance: https://www.rbg.ca/youngleaders#YES
- High school students often chose to volunteer with our Natural Lands Conservation Project team doing tree planting, invasive plant removals, etc. While a lot of this work does happen on weekdays, we do some events in the spring and fall on weekends.
What if I want to volunteer in a variety of different roles?
There are so many interesting areas to volunteer at RBG that many of our volunteers chose to belong to several different teams and projects. Here is a list of some of our larger volunteer teams. Please note that not all teams are accepting new volunteers at this time. Some positions are seasonal or only offered on specific days/times of the week.
- Garden Shop
- Summer Camp
- Conservation Projects
- Garden & Trail Ambassadors
- Wedding Assistants
- Historical Seed Catalogues
- Nature Interpretation
- Children’s Programming
- Memorial Watchers
- Tour Guides
- Guided Hikes
- Plant Documentation
- Trail Watchers
- Visitor Information Desk
- Special Events
- Winter Exhibit
- Fishway Education
- Community Outreach
- Office Volunteers
- Program Facilitators
- G-Scale Model Train Experts
- Floral Design
- Volunteer Social Committee
Do you have to be an RBG member in order to volunteer at RBG?
No. A membership is not required in order to volunteer at RBG.