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Volunteers Needed

And Bring A Smile To Someone's Face!

We offer volunteer opportunities in a variety of areas. No matter your talent or interest, there's a volunteer job fit for you!

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Amazing Race               Botanical Conservatory          Salomon Farm               Lindenwood Nature Preserve
Adopt a Playground      Rivergreenway Rangers         Lawton Greenhouse      Community Center

If you are interested in volunteering for one of these facilities, please call 427-6000 or e-mail: Webmaster.

Check out the Volunteer Handbook for additional information about volunteering.

Community Center
Volunteer and Instructor Opportunities

Parks and Recreation is not just for kids! We offer numerous opportunities for retirees and senior citizens to join our family of over 200 volunteers and become involved in Community Center programs and operations. As a Community Center volunteer you will find satisfaction in being of service to the community, develop your interests, and make new acquaintances. You may choose to volunteer on a regular weekly schedule or on an occasional basis.

Download the Community Center Volunteer Application

Please call 427-6462 for more information.

Community Center Volunteer and Instructor Opportunities

Program Assistant
to assist people with disabilities so that they can participate in games and programs.

Information Desk Staff to greet the public, assist visitors, answer the telephone and take registrations (4 hour shifts)

Gift Shop Sales Persons (3-hour shifts), Takein Assistant

Book Fair Assistants to help with sales, set-up and tear-down

Santa’s Workshop/Holiday Fest Volunteers to help us with preparations and the night of the event. Santa’s Workshop is held at the Community Center during the annual downtown lighting ceremony on Wednesday, November 24.

Volunteer and Paid Instructors to share your knowledge and skills with others by teaching a class. We are currently looking for daytime class instructors in computers, crafts, games, square dance callers and line dance instructors.

Computer Lab Assistants and Instructors to assist older adults in learning computer skills.

Special Events Assistants to assist with crafts and decorations, help with set-up, serve refreshments, coordinate activities and clean up on special occasions throughout the year.

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Botanical Conservatory
Join the Green Team ~ Volunteer Today!

The Conservatory’s volunteer program offers many opportunities for you to share your time and knowledge and enjoy fellowship among the wonders of nature.

General areas of service include staffing the front desk, serving as a cashier or grooming plants in the gift shop, helping with special events, helping with mailings or office administration, and assisting with adult or youth tours.

Click here for our volunteer application.

For more information about volunteer opportunities at the Conservatory for both adults and teenagers, contact: Rebecca Canales, 260-427-6442, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Front Desk Volunteers
: Volunteers greet our guests, ring up admissions, and answer the main Conservatory telephone, transferring calls to the appropriate staff. Volunteers either work a 9:30 am to 1 pm morning shift or a 1 to 5 pm afternoon shift Tuesday through Saturday and Noon until 4 pm on Sunday. “Regular” and “On Call” positions are available. Training is provided. All shifts are available. 

Gift Shop Sales: The gift shop is open daily Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday Noon to 4 pm. We are looking for volunteers to commit to a regular schedule. Morning shifts are from 10 am to 1 pm and afternoon shifts are from 1 to 5 pm Tuesday ~ Saturday. These volunteers are experts in customer service, ringing up sales, and fulfilling other duties in a retail setting. Volunteers work in teams of two. Training is provided. All shifts are available. 

Tour guides/Docents: Volunteers greet and escort our scheduled children’s and adult tours throughout the Conservatory. They use their time and encouragement to help our guests learn about plant diversity. Customer service skills are needed, along with the ability to walk the length of the facility. No experience is necessary. Training is provided.

Special Event Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to staff our many special events throughout the year. The volunteers serve as support for the large crowds that attend these programs. This position is on-call - working around your current availability. Currently, we need help for our holiday events, November 22 ~ December 3. 

Bulk Mail Volunteers: We do several major mailings per year, plus monthly mailings, and volunteers are needed to help process them and prepare them for mailing. Training is provided. On-call positions, as needed.

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