Become a volunteer

We love our volunteers! Whether you love digging in the dirt, teaching a class or leading a guided tour, you can make a difference — and help us protect our fragile Keys ecosystems

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Volunteer at the Garden

As a Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden volunteer, you can:

  • Meet new and interesting people
  • Give back to your community
  • Add a new sense of purpose to your life
  • Share your skills, knowledge and other helpful qualities
  • Become a valuable part of a worthwhile, educational organization
  • Participate in a meaningful endeavor: the growth of your botanical garden
  • Become a Certified Volunteer through the Volunteer University for specialized instruction


Explore the ways you can help


Garden Guardians

Assist Garden staff by trimming, removing plant debris, weeding, watering, propagating, planting, labeling, mulching, composting, fertilizing and giving tours


Program coordinators

Help give classes and coordinate programs


Visitor center greeter

Greet visitors, present Garden information, collect admissions, run video presentation, assist in membership program, work on Garden events and activities


Office volunteer

Assist staff with office duties by labeling and sorting bulk mail, distributing garden brochures and flyers, filing, organizing, running errands, assisting with phone calls, contacting members, data entry, routine maintenance


Events volunteer

Assist board and staff with special events by collecting admissions and donations, seeking sponsorships, selling event and raffle tickets, answering phones, serving refreshments, setting up and taking down tables, chairs and supplies


Public relations volunteer

Assist in getting our message out to the community, aid in writing articles, delivering press releases and rack cards


Tour guide volunteer

Assist in giving tours of the garden to various groups and visitors


Education volunteer

Assist in planning and executing education programs for adults and children


Construction volunteer

Home improvement style: Assist staff with small repair jobs, paintingg, small construction projects for exhibits and events

Volunteer today | All fields required

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I can volunteer 9 a.m. -- 1 p.m. on one or more of these days. Check all that apply:

I can volunteer 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on one or more of these days. Check all that apply:

Choose your preferred areas. You may choose more than one:

I can volunter one or more seasons. Check all that apply: