Arboretum Volunteers

The Arboretum depends on its volunteers to help us be one of the most beautiful destinations in metropolitan Kansas City. There are a variety of options available to potential volunteers. Opportunities include:

  • Gardening, weeding, planting, and general maintenance
  • Greeting guests
  • Prairie restoration
  • Educating guests, guiding tours, and hosting field trips
  • Arboretum outreach at external events
  • Helping with seasonal activities and educational events
  • Assisting with weddings and rental events
  • Instruction of special interests topics, including photography, birdwatching, geocaching, art and more.

Volunteers do not need prior knowledge, only a desire to learn.


8909 W. 179th Street
Overland Park, KS 66013




Sunday-Wednesday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday | 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday-Saturday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Last entry 30 minutes before closing.

How to Volunteer

Short-Term Volunteers or Volunteers Under 18

Please send an email to¬†[email protected] if you are interested in short-term or single-event volunteer opportunities or if you are under the age of 18.

Long-Term Volunteers

Long-term volunteers must

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Adhere to Arboretum and City policies and procedures
  • Appreciate nature and commit to conserving our natural world
  • Enjoy meeting new people and providing excellent customer service to guests
  • Complete a City of Overland Park application
  • Pass a background check
  • Commit to volunteering 40 hours annually
  • Attend an orientation session

Volunteer applications are processed through the City’s human resources information system. The link below will direct you to a list of open positions at the City. Scroll down and visit “Volunteer-Arboretum/Botanical Gardens” to apply.

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Current Volunteers

Current volunteers can access their volunteer profiles to update contact information, receive news, sign up for assignments, and more.

At the Arboretum

At the Arboretum, sign in with your volunteer PIN through VicTouch to check in and out, sign up for additional volunteer opportunities, and view your schedule.

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At Home

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