2011 Volunteer Luncheon
Volunteering at Montgomery Botanical Center
are an important part of the Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC) team.
Opportunities are as
diverse as the volunteers' interests. Please check our listing
of volunteer opportunities.
People from many walks of life volunteer at MBC, in areas such as landscaping, palm horticulture, cycad horticulture, facilities, the nursery, the archive, and plant records and documentation, which includes labeling, computer data entry, digital imaging, surveying, and plant inventory.
Typically, volunteers work one day a week (Monday through Friday) for a 4-hour block of time between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Flexible schedules are available.
Plant societies, community-minded organized groups, and local high schools, community colleges, and universities organize and schedule volunteer work days at MBC. Those volunteer work days are greatly appreciated by MBC. If your group would be interested in supporting MBC’s work with a work day, please contact Tracy Magellan, Montgomery Botanical Center Outreach Manager.
also collaborates with many local,
national, and international plant societies, organizations,
institutions, and botanical gardens. Various outreach activities during
the past years are highlighted below.
Archive Use your organizational
skills while learning little-known facts about
Entry Whether you are
already a computer-savvy, typing whiz -- or would love to learn -- you
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,
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.
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)
Horticulture Help the cycad curators with trimming,
weeding, planting, irrigation, fertilizing,
scouting for pest problems. Bending and use of hand tools is required.
Horticulture Help maintain the palm
collection with planting, trimming, mulching, fertilizing, weed
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.
Assist with oil changes, golf cart washing, 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
11901 Old Cutler Road
Gables, FL 33156