UPDATE: Phipps will reopen to members on Sat., June 6 and to the public on Sat., June 13. All tickets must be purchased in advance, and new safety protocols are required. Learn more about how you can join us!

Note: At this time, Phipps Conservatory is only accepting applications for summer teen volunteers until future opportunities develop. In the past year, we have added over 80 new volunteers to our growing volunteer corps. With the addition of so many new, dedicated volunteers, we are filling volunteer openings at a rapid pace. In order for the experience to be worthwhile and fulfilling for all our volunteers, it is necessary to hold applications until there is a need to expand again. If you wish to have your name placed on a waiting list for future consideration, please contact dknorr@phipps.conservatory.org.

Phipps is well-known for our beautiful gardens, seasonal flower shows, pioneering sustainability initiatives, informative educational programs and community outreach. None of our work, however, would be possible without the knowledge and dedication of our volunteers.

Volunteer Mission Statement
To empower volunteers to contribute to the mission of Phipps while providing a rewarding and engaging experience in an environment where all contributions are valued and appreciated.

Q: How often do I need to volunteer?
A: A minimum of three hours per week at least two times a month, or approximately 80 hours a year.

Q: Do I need to have any special skills or training?
A: On the job training is provided for most positions. Docents are required to attend a multi-week training program, while Master Gardeners must complete an intensive 23-week training program.

Q: Do I need to bring any tools or equipment?
A: All volunteers are required to wear closed-toe shoes and are strongly encouraged to carry a reusable water bottle. Volunteers who work with our horticulture department should bring their own gloves. Other equipment and all tools are provided.

Q: Where can I park while volunteering?
A: Volunteers may park in Phipps’ staff parking lots during their shifts.

Q: What opportunities do you have for groups?
A: Occasionally, throughout the year and during special events, we are able to accommodate groups for a one-time volunteer experience. Please contact our volunteer coordinator to learn more.

Volunteer Opportunities

Summer Teen Volunteers

Teens ages 16 – 18 are invited to apply to become Summer Camp or Discovery Program Teen Volunteers!

Summer Camp Teen Volunteers will:

  • Inspire an appreciation for nature in children ages 4 – 13 in Pittsburgh’s greenest classroom
  • Assist with hands-on environmental education activities
  • Gain valuable experience in environmental education
  • Volunteer shifts are flexible from July 27 – Aug. 21 from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 – 4 p.m.

Download our application to get started! 
All applications are due by Sun., April 19, 2020.

Educators: Download a flier to share this opportunity with your students.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old before the application deadline in order to be considered. All teen volunteers are required to obtain background check clearances before serving as a volunteer at Phipps. The application should be completed by the applicant, signed by a parent or legal guardian, and sent to dknorr@phipps.conservatory.org by Sun., April  19, 2020. Applications may be accepted after deadline if space permits.

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