Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Denver Botanic Gardens' annual Glow at the Gardens™ event! Please note, this event takes place at the Gardens’ York Street location at 1007 York Street, Denver, CO 80206.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 15, 2021. 

Please complete the application below to sign up for Pumpkin Festival volunteer shifts. To submit your application, please check the I AGREE box and click the CONTINUE button at the bottom of the page. Remember, when you sign up for a shift, you are on the schedule and our staff and volunteers depend on you to participate. 

Please Note: If you are already a Denver Botanic Gardens volunteer, you can sign up for a volunteer shift through Volgistics. 

All volunteers must be friendly, outgoing, and willing to help visitors with questions. You must be willing and able to be outdoors in all weather conditions, as this is an outdoor event and happens rain or shine. Flexibility is also essential, as last-minute changes in volunteer assignments may be required depending on the needs of the event and any night-of volunteer cancellations or no-shows.

To sign up for a volunteer shift, complete the application below. To submit your application, please check the I AGREE box and click the CONTINUE button at the bottom of the page. Remember, when you sign up to volunteer, you are confirmed and we depend on you to fulfill your commitment.

Event Information:

Glow at the Gardens is a luminous, nighttime celebration of America’s favorite gourd. The Gardens dresses up for Halloween with luminaria-lined pathways, spooky lighting displays and hundreds of carved, glowing pumpkins. Volunteers assist with event prep, setup of festive decorations, or during the event with themed activities.

If you have any questions about volunteering at this event, please contact Volunteer Services at 720-865-3609 or

Thank you for your help! We look forward to working with you.

PLEASE NOTE: Denver Botanic Gardens events do not qualify as court-ordered community service.

Name and address

Demographic Information

This information is used only to help us get a better idea of the demographic make-up of our volunteers.

How did you hear about us?

Emergency Contact Information

Please provide information for a person we can contact on your behalf in case of an emergency.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

As of October 15, all perspective volunteers are required to be vaccinated for COVID 19 to serve at Denver Botanic Gardens.  Please note that by checking the box beside the COVID 19 Vaccine field below you are confirming that you have been vaccinated for COVID 19. All volunteers will be required to share their vaccination status as well as date of vaccination (sole vaccination date for Johnson and Johnson vaccine, second or final vaccination date for the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine).

Account Password

When registering for Glow at the Gardens, you will be given an account for Volgistics, our online scheduling system, where you will be able to view and change your schedule. Please create a password for your account below.

Sign up for shifts

Select the dates, times, and positions for which you want to volunteer. You will be added to the schedule for the shift(s) you select here, so please make sure you are able to make the shift(s) you select.

DBG Volunteer COVID-19 Prevention & Vaccine Policy

Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG) is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for volunteers.   Accordingly, DBG is implementing this COVID-19 Prevention and Vaccination Policy, effective October 15, 2021.  This follows the policy adopted by the City and County of Denver regarding mandatory vaccination for employees and contractors.

When all volunteers get the COVID-19 vaccine, we will each do our part to protect our volunteers, their families, and members of our community against the coronavirus (COVID-19).  DBG believes vaccination is an important measure to protect the health and safety of volunteers, visitors, clients, family members, and those who visit our institution from serious COVID-19 infection. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing you from getting seriously ill with COVID-19.  The benefits of COVID-19 vaccines include:

  • COVID-19 vaccinations have been shown to be highly effective at preventing you from getting sick with COVID-19 and may prevent you from experiencing the most severe consequence of the disease and spreading the virus to others.
  • COVID-19 vaccinations are an important tool in helping to stop the pandemic.  
  • COVID-19 vaccines are currently free.
  • COVID-19 vaccines currently approved or in development in the U.S. do not contain the COVID-19 virus and will not make you sick with COVID-19.
  • Getting the COVID-19 vaccine will not make you test positive for COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 vaccines do not alter your DNA.

More information about COVID-19 vaccines and the vaccines’ safety and efficacy is available and frequently updated on the CDC’s website at:


Vaccination Policy

Denver Botanic Gardens requires all volunteers to obtain and maintain up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations, when available. DBG believes this is an important measure to protect the health and safety of employees, volunteers, customers, clients, family members, and those who visit the workplace from COVID-19 infection.

All volunteers must maintain and provide written proof that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon becoming eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Volunteers must complete a DBG COVID Vaccination Form and be fully vaccinated prior to October 15, 2021.  Adequate proof of vaccination includes proof that the volunteer is fully vaccinated as documented by DBG COVID Vaccination Form. Full vaccination is defined as two weeks following the complete dose of the vaccine – namely, two weeks following the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination, or two weeks following the second of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations.


COVID-19 Prevention Policy

In addition to other measures adopted by DBG to protect the health and safety of workplace and visitors to the workplace, including DBG employees and volunteers, DBG adopts the following mask policies for all volunteers:


Vaccinated Volunteers

Volunteers who provide adequate proof that they are fully vaccinated (“adequate proof” and “fully vaccinated” as previously defined) may volunteer at any DBG location without wearing a mask. Fully vaccinated volunteers may choose to wear a mask for personal or medical reasons, and DBG encourages all volunteers to wear a mask if doing so feels more comfortable. 


Unvaccinated Volunteers 

Volunteers who choose to not provide adequate proof that they are fully vaccinated (“adequate proof” and “fully vaccinated” as previously defined) by October 15, 2021, will be asked to take a leave of absence from the DBG Volunteer Program until the COVID 19 situation improves.  

Volunteer Agreement

I certify that the information provided in this volunteer application is true and correct and has been given voluntarily. I understand that this information may be disclosed to any party with legal interest and I release Denver Botanic Gardens from any liability whatsoever for supplying such information. Volunteer placement is a selective process and not all applicants are accepted into the program. Denver Botanic Gardens reserves the right to place volunteers in an area best suited to the applicant's skills and the needs of the organization. No volunteer position is guaranteed and positions may be terminated at the Gardens' sole discretion.

I understand that I will not be paid for my services as a volunteer and I will adhere to volunteer program guidelines stated in the volunteer handbook.

Volunteer Waiver and Release

Denver Botanic Gardens is not responsible for an injury or accident that may occur during my participation as a volunteer in any activity or event. I understand by checking the "I Agree" box below that I assume full responsibility for any injury or accident that may occur during my participation as a volunteer, at either the York Street or Chatfield location, and I hereby release and hold harmless and covenant not to file suit against Denver Botanic Gardens, employees and any affiliated individuals (releaseses) associated with my participation from any loss, liability or claims I may have arising out of my participation, including personal injury or damage suffered by me or others, whether caused by falls, contact with participants, conditions of the facility, negligence of the releaseses or otherwise. If I do not agree to these terms, I understand that I am not allowed to participate in the volunteer program.

Media Release

I hereby give permission for my images, captured during regular and special Denver Botanic Gardens activities through video, photo or other depictions, to be used in all forms of media and in all manners, for advertising, trade, or any other lawful purpose. I waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product, including copy that may be created in connection therewith. I also waive any rights of compensation or ownership thereto.

I agree to hold harmless Denver Botanic Gardens from any claims for damage, libel, slander or invasion of privacy.

COVID 19 Volunteer Vaccination Policy 

By checking the box below I am acknowledging that I have read the policy and agree to be fully vaccinated by October 15, 2021 in order to serve as a volunteer with Denver Botanic Gardens.

If a volunteer is found to have knowingly provided false information or to have made false representations to DBG regarding the applicability of these guidelines, the volunteer may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.