Volunteer Opportunities at Sunken Gardens
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, willingness to learn, a reliable nature, and a basic knowledge of tropical plants.
2018 Docent Training:
October 1- 5, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 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 prepare 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. 25, 2018 to Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer Tyson, at email@example.com, 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. 25, 2018.
Join usBe a part of historic Sunken Gardens transformation from a roadside attraction to an educational and cultural center. By bringing the diversity of your own background, skills, and education, you will be helping protect and preserve this historic garden, increasing its impact on the community through diverse educational and horticultural experiences that provide opportunities for our community to enjoy the garden.
Your volunteer experience will enable you to meet new friends with similar interests, participate in unique projects, learn new skills or gain work experience.
Volunteer opportunities include Garden Assistants that help maintain the beautiful grounds, Garden Docents to lead visitors on guided tours, and Special Event Assistants to help develop, promote and work during events. Or, tell us how you would like to help.
Volunteers need only a love of nature and a willingness to learn. Specific training will be provided.
Print, fill out clearly and completely, and submit the volunteer form via email, fax, mail or drop off at: