New Volunteers

New volunteers will need to complete an application and any related training(s) to their volunteer position. Aplications may be filled out online or in person. After receiving your application, you will be contacted with any follow up questions and be scheduled for training.


A few tips for new volunteers to make the most of their volunteering experience at the Arboretum:

  • Select a specific time to volunteer. This encourages regular volunteering and helps you to make time in your schedule for opportunities at the Arboretum
  • Be realistic in how much time you have in your schedule. Decide how much time you can (and want) to dedicate to volunteering and see what areas your time will have the most impact in. Even if you only have 1 hour let's talk and see how you can make a difference.
  • If you like to work in groups, bring a friend or join one of our established volunteering groups. It helps make mundane tasks like weeding more fun and you get to meet cool people and make special memories along the way.
  • If you enjoy working alone, feel free to listen to more than just nature. We think the sounds of nature are great for relaxing and disconnecting from our busy lives but for some people, having a pumped up playlist or thrilling audio book is their favorite way to motivate and power through event the toughest of tasks.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help, reminders, retraining, etc. If you have any questions during training or after, please let us know! We are more than happy to do 1-on-1 training, provide the information in a different format (such as typed vs verbal or with photos), ask leading volunteers to shadow with you, or something else (as long as it is within reason).
  • Let us know if something isn't working. If you start volunteering and find that your schedule has changed, the way we ask you complete a task isn't working, or you just aren't feeling your opportunity anymore, please let us know! We would rather work with you to find the opportunity that makes you feel fufilled and helps us fufill our mission or see if there is another organization that can use your talents instead.

We get that after learning more about what we do and how we do it, not every interested volunteer will click with our organization and that's ok. If you decide that the Arboretum isn't the right fit for you, our friends over at the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley are more than happy to help you find another local organization that could use your help and talents.

We want your volunteering experience at the Arboretum to be sucessful and these tips will make sure that your experience is fun, memorable, and impactful.

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