Become a Volunteer

Become a Volunteer

Be a part of the Meijer Gardens family—become a volunteer.

Meijer Gardens volunteers are more than just volunteers, they're family. Offering a diverse set of interests, backgrounds and talents, volunteers devote themselves to educating, informing and bringing a smile to guests' faces.

If you have any questions or need more information, contact Tom Hoving at
616-974-5221 or

Volunteer Opportunities

Please print the application and bring it with you to orientation:
Volunteer Application Form (PDF)

Become a PAL (Play and Activity Leader) by leading children's activities, answering questions, and expanding young minds.

For volunteers aged 14 or entering 9th grade though 12th grade, become a PAL Partner. PAL Partners assist PALs with Discovery Carts and other engaging activities. Download PAL Partner application form

Help concerts run smoothly by volunteering to measure chair heights, ID for adult beverages, assist with rental chairs, answer seating questions and more.

Sometimes considered a guest's personal tour guide, docents hold the key to upcoming programming, artist information, interesting facts about sculptures and more.

Be the first smile guests see when they walk in the door. Front Desk volunteers greet guests, handle admission transactions and answer questions about upcoming events or programming.

Help stock inventory, manage transactions and find a perfect gift for guests as a Gift Shop volunteer.

Get active by digging, planting, weeding, pruning, watering and more in the indoor and outdoor garden areas; putting all green thumbs to use.

Offer insight into Meijer Gardens' permanent collection and current exhibitions, and help archive materials as a library volunteer.

From checking for butterflies in the butterfly airlock to putting up ornaments during the holiday exhibition, many helping hands are needed to make special events run smoothly.

Tram drivers are essential to provide smooth rides for visitors of all ages during narrated tram tours.

A knowledge of the Sculpture Park, love of art and sense of humor is highly sought-after for our Tram Narrator volunteers.

Assist departments with various office assignments, filing and organizational tasks.

Handy with repairs? Help us with anything from general repairs of the facility to our maintenance vehicles.


The place, the people, the energy, and the joy. It feeds my soul.

Lee Hicks, Gift Shop volunteer

I first visited the Meijer Gardens a couple of months after the opening and knew right away it was a very special place that I needed to be a part of. It's my little pocket of paradise! I'm going into my 19th year and I still love this place.

Sue Coussens, docent and indoor horticulture volunteer

Surprisingly, it is not what I do in my volunteer position at the Meijer Gardens, but what the Gardens have done for me. It is a combination of my friends, my family and a challenge to be a better person. It is an honor to be a part of such an amazing environment, and it is my pleasure to serve and be a part of such a great organization.

Betty Kingston, Kids Tram, Farm Garden, outdoor summer concerts, Lena Meijer Children's Garden, and special event volunteer

The best part of volunteering at Meijer Gardens is spending time in an environment that has awesome gardens, world-class sculptures, and a positive, supportive staff. Every day is an interesting and new experience, as we interact with guests from all over the country and the world!

David VandenBerg, Tram and Bus Buddy volunteer

I love working in outdoor horticulture because of the sense of fulfillment that I get from making the grounds look great! When a visitor passes by and says, 'Thank You,' those are all the words I need to hear.

Tina Cronkhite, outdoor horticulture volunteer


May 9, 2017 10:00 am

Volunteer Orientation

Join others who are interested in volunteering and learn about all the current opportunities to serve at Meijer Gardens.