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 Amber Oudsema at
616-974-5221 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please print the application and bring it with you to orientation:
Volunteer Application Form (PDF)
Japanese Garden Host
Lena Meijer Children's Garden Play and Activity Leader (PAL)
Lena Meijer Children's Garden Play Activity Leader (PAL) Partner
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.
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.
Learn fascinating information about the artwork and artists featured in our Sculpture Park in order to guide visitors through a 45-minute scripted narrated tour.
Welcome guests to this place of timeless tranquility. Hand out maps and brochures, and answer questions for visitors.
Ring up guests as they explore the Tastes of the Gardens Café. Enjoy Lena’s Garden, a vibrantly colored glass sculpture created by Dale Chihuly, while clearing tables and ensuring visitors are comfortable.
Welcome guests to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park with maps and brochures, knowledge of the greater Grand Rapids area and a friendly smile.
Help control the flow of guest traffic at the monitor desk. Welcome guests while taking their tickets, and thank guests for visiting as you guide them to the exits at the end of their trip.
Engage with guests throughout the year in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden. PALs (Play Activity Leaders) greet, guide, and assist guests of all ages in the ten interactive themed areas of the Children's Garden.
Have fun as a PAL Partner this summer! PAL Partners are teen volunteers entering high school or ages 14-17 years old (homeschoolers are welcome!) that interact with guests of all ages in the Lena Meijer Children’s Garden. Check out the PAL Partner Flyer for more details.
To apply to become a PAL Partner for the 2018 season, fill out this application and return it to the address listed on the form.
Be a part of a unique team! Kids’ Tram drivers and narrators engage guests on interactive tram rides through the Sculpture Park with activities and discussions designed especially for families.
For high school students (aged 16 or entering 10th grade – 12th grade in the fall) interested in narrating the summer Kids’ Tram, please complete the application below:
The place, the people, the energy, and the joy. It feeds my soul.
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.
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.
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!
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.