Volunteers empower the FOC to support the Conservatory. Opportunities range from raising tents to counting money, from watering plants to designing databases.

To volunteer, please review the volunteer opportunities and e-mail us, call (206) 322-4112 or complete the form below.

Your time and skills can make a huge difference!

Current Opportunities

Palm House Gift Shop Volunteers Needed!


FOC Palm House Gift Shop

  • Serve as cashier for Conservatory visitors
  • Answer plant and gardening questions
  • Assist visitors with resource center materials and equipment –Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm Tuesday through Sunday


  • Lead Conservatory visitors on guided tours of the Conservatory
  • Answer questions about the Conservatory collection and history
  • Training provided; minimum commitment required

May & September Plant Sales

  • Set up and take down tents, lend a truck, carry plants, give plant advice
  • Distribute neighborhood posters, help with publicity
  • Serve on the Plant Sale Committee

Special Events

  • Welcome guests to Conservatory Holiday Open House
  • Help with Summer Event (lecture, rare plant auction, garden party…)
  • Work on Events Committee to plan tours, parties, exhibits, meetings


  • Assist with mailings
  • Help Office Administrative Assistant with public relations, phone work
  • Contribute newsletter publishing and computer expertise

Conservatory Plants

  • Help the Conservatory staff tend plant collections.

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