Volunteerat Montgomery Botanical Center
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.
(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.