Volunteers are essential to the Jensen-Olson Arboretum. Their gift of time and talent combines with the efforts of the small staff to make the garden a jewel of Juneau. Sharing time with others in this beautiful environment is a rewarding way to contribute to the community.
Ways to get involved:
The garden hosts a variety of events and supporting them is flexible and fun. Individuals are part of a team of volunteers who ensure the events run smoothly and efficiently. Opportunities include event preparation, greeting guests, assisting with activities, serving refreshments, and cleaning up.
Under the direction of the garden staff, participate in day-to-day activities like planting, edging, landscaping, weeding, watering, and mulching. If you like hands-on experience in native plants, perennials, annuals, and even weeds, this is for you.
Docents are ambassadors who greet visitors and share information about the garden. This is particularly helpful on high traffic days in the summer. Connecting with visitors and sharing a sense of wonder is a fulfilling way to enjoy the garden.
Occasionally, the arboretum staff need assistance with one-time tasks. Past tasks include scientific research, plant collection work, and administrative functions. Keep an eye out for these interesting opportunities.
A popular outreach, and a big part of the arboretum’s mission, is our educational programs for kids that occur throughout the summer. Volunteers assist the Education Coordinator with active exploration such as art, bug day, and tide pool discovery.
Want to become a Volunteer?
Complete the Volunteer Application – it only takes a moment. Once signed up, volunteers have access to a calendar of opportunities.
Already signed up to Volunteer?
Sign into the Volunteer Portal to see opportunities and schedule yourself.