The Wildflower Center could not exist without the support of our volunteers. These generous supporters donate tens of thousands of hours a year serving the mission of the Center. Every day volunteers are tending the gardens, assisting researchers, or communicating with members.
Available Volunteer Opportunities
- With our new family garden, we are especially looking for volunteers who can help instill that wonderment and love of nature, plants and place in the next generation. Who inspired you? And could you help us inspire the next Lady Bird Johnson and John Muir?
- Perhaps your interests match one of the current needs in our gift store, public tours, or family events. See more details below.
Group volunteer opportunities
Behind every plant and every program at the Wildflower Center are supporters who work to inspire others to love the land to make Lady Bird's vision a reality. To see the many areas volunteers are contributing, follow the link below.
Benefits of Being a Volunteer at the Wildflower Center
The benefits of volunteer service are both intangible and immeasurable, the Wildflower Center recognizes your time and commitment by extending the following benefits:
- 5 percent Store discount
- Invitations to exclusive events and sales
- Advance notice of public events
- Yearly awards and ongoing recognition
- Access to staff knowledge
Plus, you may gain a few new skills, develop a friendship or two and of course have fun!
Docents are a special group of volunteers who represent the center and serve the public. They answer questions in the Visitors Gallery, give tours, work with children's groups and serve as the center's ambassadors to visitors from all over the world. To become a docent, you must complete a two-part learning program that combines classroom and field study with self-scheduled experiential learning. We offer docent training every other year with the next training beginning in January of 2014.
Are you interested in a career in horticulture? Do you want to know what it's like to work in a public garden? Apply for a spring, summer or fall internship with us. You will learn how to propagate and garden with Texas native plants; become familiar with horticultural tools and equipment while strengthening your foundation in gardening and horticultural practices; and learn about environmental stewardship and Lady Bird Johnson's legacy.
The Ecosystem Design Group Internship Program at the Wildflower Center offers undergraduate and graduate students real world experience in the challenging and rewarding field of ecosystem design. Students will have an opportunity to work with design group staff on large scale restoration projects, sustainable technology research, and internal firm organization. The goal of the Ecosystem Design Group is to increase landscape performance and ecological capacity in a sustainable practice.
Do you enjoy working with children and families and care about the natural world? Then consider an internship with our Education Department. The Education Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a hands-on experience in the exciting field of environmental education. Students will have an opportunity to apply the skills they have learned in the classroom to education programs in a public garden setting. Interns will work closely with Education staff and volunteers on a variety of education programs and projects.
This internship at a nationally recognized native plant garden and Organized Research Unit of the University of Texas at Austin offers excellent experience in all aspects of media relations, public relations and marketing. The communications intern helps support and implement the Wildflower Center’s communications outreach, which focuses on producing content for the center’s Web site, an electronic newsletter and e-flyers, quarterly calendars and other publications. The communications office also works with local and national news crews, creates and distributes news releases and coordinates some on-site events. Best of all, you work with experienced professionals while helping support an organization dedicated to improving the environment and raising global awareness of the value of wild landscapes.