Chase Garden welcomes volunteers and considers them an essential resource that we could not do without. Whether you are interested in gardening, giving tours of the garden, or helping in the office, we are delighted to have your help. Quarterly volunteer meetings along with monthly garden updates keep our volunteers in the know. Special training and workshops are available through garden staff and other volunteers, in addition to recognition events and group projects.
Volunteering is a great way to get involved, learn about this iconic garden and meet new and interesting people. Whatever your talent, there is a volunteer opportunity available for you at Chase Garden. If you are interested, please contact Garden Director Lori Taylor at email@example.com or by calling 360-893-6739. Download our Volunteer Application.
Here is a list of opportunities:
Are you curious about plant and want to learn more? Do you find yourself pulling that unintended weed? Volunteering to help in the garden is right for you! With direction from our Lead Horticulturist and experienced Chase Garden volunteers, you can help us keep Chase Garden Beautiful. Responsibilities vary from raking leaves to learning the art of selective pruning, dividing perennials or helping to troubleshoot plant and pest problems. These are just a few of the tasks that the horticulture volunteer team tackles throughout the year.
Bring your book or tablet and sit in beautiful surroundings while welcoming visitors to the garden. This volunteer opportunity includes orienting visitors for their self-guided tour and collecting admissions payments. Greeters help direct guests to the garden shop and nursery and assists with plant and gift sales. No time commitment is required but two to four hour shifts work best. We are happy to work with your schedule. There are also opportunities to assist on large attendance days and events, when extra help is needed. Training is provided. If you enjoy working with the public, this is a great volunteer opportunity!
Docent (Tour Guide)
A fun and rewarding way to learn about plants is to talk about them. Docents bring groups of up to 15 people on a tour of the garden. They talk about the story of the Chases and point out various plants, trees and shrubs in the garden. Most of them have a great story and reason for being here. If you are interested in learning to conduct tours and improve on your presentation skills, what a more beautiful place to do it than at Chase Garden. Training is available!
Every fourth Saturday, January through October, from 10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m., volunteers get together to pot divide and pot plants, take cuttings and plant seed for our plant sales and nursery. Come join our “prop group”.
Administrative Assistance/Special Projects & Events
Organizational skills and attention to detail are skills are essential for any office. We have many types of tasks to fit your comfort level and expertise. Once oriented you may be asked to organize files, create word documents or spreadsheets or join others in preparing for a mailing or take on a special project that taps your skills.
If entertaining or setting up for events and plant sales sounds appealing, work with our staff to ensure our guests are provided with an enjoyable experience while visiting Chase Garden. In addition, we participate in events like the Northwest Flower and Garden Fair, the Spring fair and various community events to promote Chase Garden.
Please contact Garden Director Lori Taylor for more information about college internship opportunities. firstname.lastname@example.org
Group volunteer days are also available. To set up a group volunteer workday – whether it is with your office, your garden club, or a collection of friends who want to just get together and help out – please e-mail ChaseOutreach@GardenConservancy.org or call 360.893.6739. Work groups have made tremendous contributions to the garden.
If you have a special talent or interest that you don’t see listed, we are always working on projects that require unique skills like design, architecture, writing and computer skills. Share your talent with us and we’re sure to have a project in which you can assist.