Get Involved

Today, we have volunteers stewarding on-site to cut back invasive species and make trails. The Garden has many varied volunteer opportunities both indoors and out and we welcome your participation.

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Kindness Rock spreading
Tessa reads on Juneteenth
Mindful Day Volunteers


Already a volunteer? Log in to your profile, log your hours, and sign up for upcoming volunteer events. If this is your first time using the volunteer portal, you will need to click on “need a password”. Passwords must be at least 6 characters, contain a combination of both letters and numbers, and must contain both lower case and upper case letters.

Don’t see something that fits your interests or experience, but you still want to help? Contact  with your interests and we’ll be sure to contact you with future opportunities.


Bird Box Monitors

These volunteers meet up weekly to walk the garden site and monitor the bird boxes for activity. They also track bird species spotted anywhere in the garden.

Educational Walk Docents

Share your knowledge and enthusiasm with our visitors.  Tree, Butterfly, Bird & Plant Walks are planned at different times throughout the year. Docents currently come to us with extensive knowledge of the local flora and fauna.  Works under the guidance of the Director of Marketing & Philanthropy.

Event Assistants

Help the garden provide educational and recreational events.  Help us man registration tables, direct visitors to activities, and supervise arts, crafts, and fun in the garden.

Garden Ambassador

These Ambassadors learn about the garden site, plans, and events so that they can man tables and booths at community events and engage the public about the happenings at the garden. Also needed for garden programs at the registration/information tables.

Garden Guardian

Workdays are held for two hours in the morning on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, April through November, weather permitting. Work individually or with your fellow Guardians to weed existing beds, identify and manage invasive plants, maintain paths, and more.

Garden Guide

Garden Guides offer public tours of the Garden site and share our future plans for the Garden. Must be reliable, outgoing and friendly, and have your own transportation.


Language skills needed to translate website survey, and translate for virtual presentations & site tours.


Help create special projects on the Garden site such as birdfeeders, bat boxes, etc. Opportunities come up throughout the year.

Workday Warrior

One day work events to take on a variety of rigorous maintenance and building projects throughout the year. Help with trail blazing, gathering area forming, and other hands-on projects.


The Garden is Hiring an Environmental Education Program Supervisor!

Botanical Garden of the Piedmont (BGP) is a growing community resource located near the heart of Charlottesville, Virginia.  Our goal is to add to the overall quality of life for residents of Charlottesville and the surrounding communities, attract tourism and support the local economy. The Garden is envisioned as a center for lifelong learning that creates a connected community.  This includes providing programming to local children to help improve their proficiency in reading, success in school, access to creative outlets, and awareness of and engagement with nature and environment through the Garden.

The Garden is seeking a part-time temporary Environmental Education Program Supervisor to coordinate several environmental education programs. These programs will run for about 8 months, including preparation time, from the Spring to Fall of 2023. The work will require an average of 12 hours/week. The hours are flexible, but weekend and after school hours will be required for holding program events. This is a 1099 position.

These programs will promote nature literacy, the arts and STEM opportunities for children in a safe and welcoming outdoor setting and provide them a creative outlet for their experience.  We will host activities to encourage children to find the excitement in nature, reading, art, and preservation of our environment.

Job Duties:

-Ability to work remotely from a home office to execute job responsibilities, including having a computer and printer.

-Ability to work at the Garden to lead programs.

-Collaborate with community partners, libraries and volunteer artists to create and schedule program content.

-Coordinate the creation of marketing materials and social media posts about the program.

- Coordinate with outreach to local schools and other organizations to promote the program.

-Develop supplemental environmental programming and materials for the Garden as needed.

- Coordinate the follow through to track program outcomes through surveys, numbers, and other means.

-Other tasks as needed to fulfill the program’s purpose.


-Excellent communication skills including writing and verbal.

- Well organized and detail-oriented with experience scheduling a complex calendar of events.

-Experience working with children, families, staff and volunteers.

-Experience working with program content, marketing materials, and social media.

-Experience facilitating group events and public speaking.

- Spanish language skills are a plus but not required.

-Proficiency in Microsoft Office software, including Powerpoint.

-Must have a current driver’s license and a vehicle.

-Commitment to protecting the environment.

Education and Experience Requirements:

-Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental science, or environmental education or equivalent professional experience

- At least two (2) years of experience in teaching or working with youth in an educational setting, nonprofit or educational program/project management

Salary: $15.00/hour

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Jill Trischman-Marks at

Botanical Garden of the Piedmont is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and community that is free of all forms of discrimination. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Botanical Garden of the Piedmont brings people of all ages and backgrounds together as a community to celebrate and nurture our native flora and fauna.  The organization embraces inclusion by inviting everyone to participate in the Garden whether they be visitors, supporters, volunteers, or staff, to further our goal of being a place that promotes human and environmental well-being. In nature and in society, diversity matters—we welcome and celebrate it! For more information, visit