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8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218


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Volunteer at the Arboretum

Just as plants and humans are interdependent in nature, the Dallas Arboretum relies on the nurturing support of its volunteers to grow — and thrive.

We Need You to Volunteer at the Christmas Village

‘Tis the season of giving and the Dallas Arboretum has the perfect volunteer opportunity for you this holiday season! Volunteers are needed in our Christmas Village to play the part of a shopkeeper in one of the 16 shops in the village by greeting and interacting with our guests. An apron and hat will be provided to match the theme of your assigned shop. This is such a fun experience during the Holidays and we hope we can schedule you or your group for a shift at the Christmas Village.

The wellbeing of our volunteers, guests and staff is a top priority, and we will have several COVID safety protocols in place due to the high demand to visit our Christmas Village this year.

Shifts are daily beginning November 27 through December 31 at 5:30–9pm; day time shifts are available at 8:30am–1pm and 12:30–5pm, during Thanksgiving & Christmas Break and all weekends until the end of the year.

We also invite corporate groups, student clubs, church groups, and all organizations to a volunteer service day at the Christmas Village.

Please reach out to Rachel Crawford, senior volunteer manager, at 214.515.6560 or rcrawford@dallasarboretum.org to schedule you or your group for a volunteer day in the Christmas Village.

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Who Can Volunteer?

  • Teens ages 14 and over
  • Adults of any age
  • Corporate groups up to 25
  • Civic groups

Please note that background checks are required for applicants who are ages 18+ to become a volunteer. Additionally, we are no longer accepting volunteers for court-ordered community service.

Current Opportunities

Children’s Garden Volunteers

Share excitement for the garden with our guests and guide them through the interactive exhibits.

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DeGolyer Estate Docents

Guide visitors through the 21,000-square-foot historic mansion.

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Garden Guides

Provide information and details about specific gardens at the Arboretum.

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Garden Workers

Help maintain the beautiful grounds at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

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Gift Store Volunteers

Support our full-time staff for the gift store.

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Information Booth Volunteers

Welcome guests by providing maps, tips for enjoying the gardens, and information about the day.

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Membership Volunteers

Help us enroll new members and renew existing memberships during our busiest times.

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Tram Drivers

Provide transportation across the garden to the mobility-impaired and their companions.

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A Tasteful Place Volunteers

Give our guests a delicious taste of beautiful vegetable and herb garden.

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Teen Leadership Council Volunteers

The Dallas Arboretum is looking for motivated high school students to join the growing Teen Leadership Council! The mission of the Teen Leadership Council is to develop a dedicated team of teen leaders who volunteer their time and efforts to support the Dallas Arboretum. The Teen Leadership Council would make a great addition to your resume and college applications. To learn more, please contact the Volunteer Office at volunteers@dallasarboretum.org or 214.515.6561 for more information.

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Collegiate Leadership Council

The Dallas Arboretum is looking for college students looking to gain leadership and volunteer experience. The Collegiate Leadership Council is a great opportunity to get involved as a volunteer and leader. This program also comes with great benefits. You must currently be enrolled in college courses to participate. If you are interested, please contact the Volunteer Office at 214.515.6561 or volunteers@dallasarboretum.org.

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Not Sure Where to Volunteer?

Contact us and we’ll connect you to the right area. Call 214-515-6561 or e-mail us at volunteers@dallasarboretum.org.