Denver Botanic Gardens 2018 Volunteer Opportunities

Mark your calendars.  We’re getting ready for field season 2018!

The Denver Botanic Gardens Research & Conservation Department needs field volunteers from April to October to visit sites across Colorado. Volunteers need basic plant ID skills, GPS experience, outdoor experience and need to be comfortable with uneven terrain and stooping, kneeling and standing for long periods of time. Volunteers will also need to provide their own food, water and transportation to the field site and their own accommodations if they are not local.

To become a field volunteer with the department, please send a resume and cover letter to highlighting the specific position(s) you are applying for, and your skills and interest in the position(s) by March 15, 2018. Volunteers with the Research and Conservation Department must be registered volunteers with Denver Botanic Gardens which includes paying a $50 fee for a t-shirt, badge and background check and becoming a member of the Gardens. Scholarships are available, email for more information.

For the full position descriptions, go to:

Rare Plant Monitoring Training at Denver Botanic Gardens

Rare Plant Monitoring Training at Park Creek Hogback, Ft. Collins


Botany Volunteer, High Line Canal: In 2018, Research & Conservation staff will be sampling plant communities weekly along the High Line Canal in the Denver area. One a team of four led by Gardens staff, volunteers will assist in collecting and pressing plant specimens, taking pictures of the Canal's habitat and of the specimens, and collecting tissue from plant specimens for future genetic analysis. These will be eight-hour days, outside; volunteers should be comfortable working outside for the whole day. Volunteers must commit to at least one day per week, May 7 – September 28, with exceptions for vacations and other engagements. Training will be provided by Gardens staff while in the field.


Seed Scouts: Seed scouts track a population of rare plants through the flowering and fruiting states. Gardens staff use this data to determine the best time to collect seeds from these rare plants. The seeds go into long-term frozen storage for ex situ conservation. To track a population, seed scouts will hike to potentially high elevations and remote areas to find the plants, based off a location provided by Gardens staff, and report back to Gardens staff what flowering or fruiting state the plants are in. The rare plant populations are scattered throughout the state; volunteers do not need to be local to the Denver-metro area. This position can be as involved as the volunteer would like it to be. A volunteer can check multiple populations weekly, from April to September, or, a volunteer can check on one population once in the summer. Ideally, volunteers will commit to monitoring a population for at least two years. Volunteers will receive training from Gardens staff, either at the Gardens or over the phone.


Rare Plant Monitoring Stewards: Volunteer stewards, on a team led by Gardens staff, collect statistically sound data by measuring and observing plants, which we then use to look at population trends over time. Much of the work takes place on the Western Slope, from Grand Junction to Gunnison, Colorado. Volunteers must be able to perform field work in potentially harsh environments and work for long days outside. In 2017 Rare Plant Monitoring Stewards assisted with three trips varying in length from 1 to 4 days. Interested volunteers must be able to commit to at least one trip per year for three consecutive years. Volunteers will receive training during their first trip.

Mary Goshorn and Mo Ewing Collecting Data On Eriogonum brandegii
Garden Park   August 3, 2010