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Gardens need people to bring them to life, and people to nourish and pass them into future hands. Duke Gardens volunteers are that promise to the future. We cannot overstate the essential contribution volunteers make to the growth, purpose and beauty of the Gardens.

Expand your knowledge of the natural world and help each visitor find inspiration, enjoyment and a stronger connection to Duke Gardens. Volunteers bring their interests, energy, knowledge and passion to the Gardens, helping visitors by: 
•    offering information
•    guiding tours and leading education programs
•    maintaining gardens
•    promoting membership
•    enriching each visitor’s experience

Benefits to volunteers: 
•    Make a difference in your community and inspire others by supporting the mission of Duke Gardens 
•    Meet people with similar interests
•    Develop your skills in serving visitors or in educational outreach, membership, gardening or photography 
•    Enjoy volunteer events, lunch and learn programs and annual celebrations
•    Have fun and challenge yourself

Volunteer Requirements

Adult volunteers: Volunteer positions require a commitment of generally 2 hours per week for a minimum three months. As an active Duke Gardens volunteer, you are required to participate in Core Knowledge Training with additional training required for specific program areas. 
For those who are unable to commit to a regular weekly or bi-weekly schedule, we do have variable year-round volunteer opportunities at our Special Events that include a wide variety of needs including event set-up, helping with children's activities, wayfinding, and much more.

Student volunteers:

Gift shop volunteers: Are you a student age 16 or older and seeking community service hours? Student volunteer opportunities are available at Duke Gardens’ Terrace gift shop from March – December 2019. These opportunities are limited to Friday afternoons and weekends. Please complete a student volunteer Terrace gift shop application (PDF).  

How to join the volunteer family at Duke Gardens

As of February 2019, our current volunteer needs include the following positions:

Gardens ambassadors - weekdays and weekends
Tour docents - weekdays
Children’s docents - weekdays
Photographers - weekdays and weekends

If you are interested in any of the above positions, please submit a volunteer interest form.

If you do not see a current volunteer opportunity that meets your interests, please check our webpage often, as our volunteer needs vary throughout the year.

If you have any questions regarding volunteering at Duke Gardens, please email us or call 919.668.3694. Thank you for your interest!

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