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Volunteer Opportunities at Sunken Gardens

Become a Sunken Gardens Volunteer:

Preserve and enhance historic Sunken Gardens and provide opportunities for the community to enjoy this educational and cultural center. Make new friends, participate in unique projects, and gain knowledge from your volunteer efforts. Whether you assist with our animals, special events, gift shop, garden care, as a docent, or become a member of our speaker’s bureau, you’re sure to grow as much as the Gardens does.

Simply complete and return the Volunteer Application, and our volunteer coordinator will respond with next steps. Volunteer positions are limited.

Become a Sunken Gardens Docent:

Love gardening and history? Enjoy sharing your passion with others and feel comfortable speaking in front of groups? Join our docent program! Applicants should have a love of the environment, a willingness to learn, a reliable nature, and basic knowledge of tropical plants.

2019 Docent Training:

September 23-27, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Attendance during all five days is required.)

Docent training spans Sunken Gardens’ history, horticulture and animal information, docent best-practices, role-playing and tour shadowing to provide a complete, well-rounded learning experience which prepares docents to lead tours with confidence. Training also requires spending a minimum of 10 hours of your own time outside of class getting familiar with the gardens, reviewing class information, and studying reading material. Once trained, docents will lead our volunteer coordinator through the Gardens before becoming an official docent. All docents are asked to lead at least one hour-long tour per month for groups of 10 – 25 people and may do so during a time that is most convenient for them.

A $35 non-refundable docent training fee will be processed upon volunteer approval pending an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator. Complete and submit a Volunteer Application. Return your application by Sept.16, 2019 to Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer Tyson, at, via mail to 1825 4th St. N, St. Petersburg, FL, or drop off with a cashier at Sunken Gardens.

*Deadline to submit applications for docent training is Sept. 16, 2019.

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