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.


Spring Plant Sale

Friday, May 16, 2:30-6:15pm

Saturday May 17, 12:30-4pm

Sunday, May 18, 9:30am-1pm or 12:30-4pm

Volunteers are needed to help vendors with sales, bring purchased plants from vendor booths to the pick-up tent, assist with parking and more. Event is held outdoors rain or shine. All volunteers receive a $3 food voucher for the concessions and complimentary snacks and refreshments. Student volunteers age 13 and up are welcome - this is a fun way to earn service hours!


Adult volunteers should contact the Holden volunteer office at 440.602.8003 or rott@holdenarb.org to sign-up. Students should download and return a student sign-up and permission form by May 1.


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



Illumination at Woodland Twilight

Saturday, July 12

5:30-8:30pm - Silent Auction, Dinner and Live Auction

8:30-11:30pm - After Party

Prior to the event, creative and tenacious individuals are needed to identify and secure our silent and live auction items/packages, social butterflies to help recruit attendees and hardworking, inspired volunteers to put together the decorations.

Individual adult volunteers and small groups (Five-10 people) are needed to help staff the event and after-party. Volunteers may help with the silent auction, beverage service, guest relations and more. Mobility is required for this event. No previous experience required; training will be provided.


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.