We need your help! Our greatest need right now is for front desk “greeters.” Interact with the public, introduce them to our gem in Baltimore’s Historic Druid Hill Park, and staff the gift shop. We also need more tour guides – tour guide classes are forming now. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens! Volunteers are vital to fulfilling our mission of fostering an appreciation and understanding of plants from around the world and the vital role they play in all of our lives.
There are many different ways that you can help the Conservatory. Our greatest need is for greeters and tour guides. Please apply today to be one of our treasured volunteers.
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There are many different ways you can help the Conservatory. You can work directly with the plants, interact with the public, or assist with business and administrative matters. If you have special skills or areas of expertise, please don’t be shy about letting us know; we most likely can find a way to put those talents to work! Below are some of the ways that you can get involved.
Greeter and Gift Shop AssistantGreeters welcome visitors, offer a brief introduction to the display houses, collect donations, sell plants and books, answer questions about the Conservatory, and assist with clerical tasks. This is a terrific match if you are a “people person” and enjoy interacting with the public. This is also an ideal position if you prefer work that is not physically demanding.
Special EventsSpecial events educate and entertain the public, engage potential investors and encourage people to return for additional visits and activities. Annual special events include the Spring Flower Show and the Holiday Poinsettia Display. You may work in pre-show construction and set-up, helping to paint, woodwork, unload and arrange plants, mulch, label, etc. During an open house, you could plan or serve refreshments, greet the public, answer questions, assist with children’s activities, sell plants, and/or lead informal walks through the Conservatory.
EducationYou can foster an appreciation and understanding of plants from around the world and the vital roles they play in our lives by training as a tour guide, helping with the lecture series, or preparing educational displays.
Tour guides for adults or school groups get to learn more about the unusual and fascinating plants at the Conservatory. Tour guides must be highly dedicated and undergo a rigorous training program. It helps if you have prior experience with public speaking or teaching. School tours are specialized to different topics, age-appropriate, and correspond with the Maryland State Curriculum Standards. All volunteers working with school groups are required to complete a background check and additional specialized tour training.
The Plants & People series on Sunday afternoons for adults and children is run completely by volunteers. Talks and activities are presented by Master Gardeners, professors, preschool teachers and other experts. Please contact the Conservatory education coordinator to see if additional help is needed with this program.
Interpretive display volunteers research and write about specific plant-related topics and help create displays. We especially need help in the weeks leading up to seasonal shows.
Special ProjectsSpecial projects are specific short-term tasks that do not require an ongoing time commitment. Past special projects have included flower arrangement and wreath making, committee work to implement new programs, and computer programming. We welcome your ideas for new projects and programs that you envision for the Conservatory. Special projects can be a good choice for you if you already have a full schedule, since some work can be done at home or in small group meetings.
Hands-on Plant CareThis is the place for you if you want to “get your hands dirty.” Tasks include IPM (Integrated Pest Management) and maintaining interior and exterior gardens. No prior experience is needed. You will receive specific, detailed instruction directly from a staff member on the day that you volunteer.
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Benefits Volunteers are a treasured part of the Rawlings Conservatory community. Our volunteers are trained by, and work with, our friendly, dedicated and appreciative staff. Volunteers have the opportunity to enjoy many benefits, including:
• Develop knowledge of plants and ecosystems from around the world;
• Enjoy opportunities to meet people, including during our annual volunteer recognition event;
• Enjoy free access to the Conservatory, and discounts on select programs.
How to Get Started
To become a Rawlings Conservatory volunteer, you will need to fill out an application and schedule an interview with the volunteer coordinator.
After you have applied, you will be contacted to schedule your interview and orientation. You will also be given your log in to use for our online scheduling program, which will list all currently available volunteer tasks. Thank you for your interest!
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Click here to download a form in MS Word. (2 pages)
Click here to download a PDF. (2 pages)
To enter text in a PDF, follow these steps: – Click “View” – Click “Sign” – Click “Add Text” – Click in each field and fill out – “Save As” PDF.
E-mail to the Volunteer Coordinator.
Current volunteers, click on the logo to log-in to Sign Up Genius!