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Volunteer Opportunities

INDOOR WORK

Montgomery Archive  Use your organizational skills while learning little-known facts about south Florida history; the lives of Robert and Nell Montgomery; and the scientific, botanical world. Get the satisfaction of developing and curating a small but growing archive while implementing a system of filing, coding, usage, and curation of documents and artifacts associated with the collections.

Data Entry  Whether you are already a computer-savvy, typing whiz -- or would love to learn -- you can become a part of the Collections Development team. See what it takes to develop a truly scientific database for palms and cycads as you input plant collection information. Will train someone who is comfortable with computers. Mornings, 2-4 hours, one or two days per week.

Digital Imaging  Interested in the biology of plants? Learn while uploading images of MBC's plant collection to the database for researchers to access. Mornings, 2-4 hours, one or two days per week preferred.

Grant writing  Use your research, organizing, and/or writing skills -- plus your knowledge of MS Office -- to help MBC seek funds to support activities in research, education, conservation, and community outreach. Needs include internet searches, organizing information, grant writing, and grant package coordination.

OUTDOOR WORK (bring hat, sunscreen, water, gloves, lunch)

Cycad Horticulture  Help the cycad curators with trimming, weeding, planting, irrigation, fertilizing, and scouting for pest problems. Bending and use of hand tools is required.

Nursery Complex 
Working closely with the nursery curator, volunteers will primarily help with re-potting seedling palms and cycads.

Palm Horticulture  Help maintain the palm collection with planting, trimming, mulching, fertilizing, weed control, treatments, and transplants. Bending and use of hand tools is required.

Groundskeeping  Get back to nature in a valuable way. Help our grounds team care and maintain MBC's outstanding scientific plant collections. Light weeding, pruning, and mulching, as needed. Observe and report on general health and/or conditions such as pathogens and pest damage. Bending and use of hand tools is required.

Irrigation  Like to work in a garden setting and are handy with tools? Help repair sprinkler heads and other irrigation mechanisms; assist with minor installations of irrigation; check clocks and zones.

Maintenance Shop  Assist with oil changes, flat tires, blade changes, greasing equipment, painting, and minor repairs.


Note: Some positions require outside work and/or light lifting. MBC is open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. We encourage individuals to support a program for a minimum of four hours each week.

To apply, please contact Montgomery Botanical's Volunteer Program
at (305) 667-3800, ext. 114, or email: tracym@montgomerybotanical.org

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