Massachusetts Horticultural Society

MHS volunteers play a vital role in helping the garden grow. Volunteers contribute their skills, time, and talent to help us to deliver our mission and ensure the success of the garden and programming. We offer a variety of seasonal opportunities to fit your interests, skills, and schedule.

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General Interests

Youth Education Volunteers

Help cultivate the next generation of gardeners and ecologists MHS Youth volunteers work with kids to help them explore the plant world through activities at The Gardens at Elm Bank, schools, and at community events. No experience necessary – we provide on-site orientation and training.

Horticulture Volunteers

Assist our horticulturalists with weeding, raking, dead-heading and watering. Learn more about plants and gardening while helping care for our beautiful gardens! 

Office and Administrative Volunteers

Volunteers in our office assist with bulk mailings, filings, data entry, and projects for events, development, membership and accounting. 

Event Help

Greet and direct guests, help with orientation. Visit with guests and monitor the event areas

Adult Docents

Lead guided garden tours, answer general questions. Familiarity with area plantings and upcoming events/exhibits

Visitor Engagement

Ensure a welcoming and positive atmosphere by providing informative and helpful information to garden visitors,  help with wayfinding, recommend things to do and see. Available April - October.

Hands-on Help

Use your skills to help create a beautiful space, Painters, woodworkers, and all craftspeople alike. We’ll be looking for your expertise when projects arise

Community Outreach

Help to introduce MHS and the garden to the greater community

Teen Volunteers

Weekdays, June – August, help to provide a welcoming and positive atmosphere by providing informative and helpful information to garden visitors. For ages 14-18 years.

Marketing, Media, and Design

Looking for people interested in digital illustration, graphic design, copy editing, blog writing, and anything else marketing! Some experience preferred. Please add this interest to your General Interests and we will be in touch. 


Activity Shifts Start End
Data Entry & Book Shelving 1


Activity Shifts Start End
Volunteer Orientation 3 2/28/2023 3/21/2023

Mission Statement

Massachusetts Horticultural Society is dedicated to encouraging the science and practice of horticulture and to developing the public’s enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of plants and the environment.