Featured Volunteer Opportunities

To sign-up or for more information about any of the following opportunities and training, contact the volunteer office at 440.602.8003 or by email at rott@holdenarb.org (unless noted otherwise).


Corning Visitor Center Volunteer Receptionist

Friendly volunteers are needed to help at the Corning Visitor Center information desk and assist with greeting and directing guests, membership sales, registering guests for classes and events, restocking materials and answering questions. Join our team and spend time with fun and like-minded people, get more connected to Holden and learn new skills! Volunteers must have strong customer service skills, enthusiasm for Holden's mission, basic knowledge of the property and experience working with computers and/or a cash register. On-the-job training provided for this sit-down, indoor position. Weekday and weekend shifts available; frequency of shifts based on volunteer availability.


Goblins in the Garden

Thursday and Friday, Oct. 2 and 3, 9am – noon, set-up
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 and 5, 9am – 1pm and/or 12:30 – 4:15pm, event
Monday, Oct. 6, 9am – noon, clean-up

Come help at Holden’s largest event! This family-friendly Halloween extravaganza features a trick-or-treat trail and activities for young children and their families. Volunteers are needed to help pass out candy on the trick-or-treat trail (wear your own costumes), assist with activity stations, admissions, parking cars and more. No experience necessary; instructions provided in advance and briefing held on site. Teens can volunteer and earn service hours for school.

Adult volunteers should contact the Holden volunteer office at 440.602.8003 or volunteer@holdenarb.org to sign-up.


Students should download and return a student sign-up and permission forms by Sept. 19.


Volunteer Gardeners

On-going, April-November 

Weed, water and plant alongside staff horticulturists in your favorite Holden garden! A knowledge of and interest in perennials and gardening experience is helpful, but no experience is necessary. Come get some exercise, learn a few things to take back to your home garden and enjoy working with fellow garden lovers. Work session days and times are as follows:




Display Garden


David G. Leach

Research Station



Garden Partners (Display Garden)


Helen S. Layer Rhododendron Garden


Layer Rhododendron Garden


Arlene and Arthur S. Holden Butterfly Garden



School Guide

School Guides lead students through Holden’s ponds, forests and fields and teach them about the wonders of our natural world using hands-on activities. Training includes one full-day training session (date tbd) and shadowing of current guides as desired. Must be available on weekday morning and afternoons.


Please contact Robin Ott, volunteer coordinator at 440.602.8003 or at rott@holdenarb.org to sign up or get more information about any of the above opportunities.


This page is updated as new volunteer opportunities arise. Be sure to check this page often. Thank you.