Hello, and thank you for your interest in becoming a Holden Forests & Gardens volunteer! Please complete this application if you are 18 years of age or older and are interested in volunteering at our Holden Arboretum campus or Cleveland Botanical Garden campus.
You can click on current available opportunities to learn more about those positions, including campus location.
Once you have completed the application below and reviewed the Volunteer Waiver, Release & Indemnity Agreement, please make sure to check the "I agree" box at the very bottom of the form and select "Continue" to finalize submitting your application.
NOTE: This application is for adults only. Teen volunteers between the ages of 14-17 may reach out to us directly at volunteer@holdenfg.org for more information on teen volunteer opportunities.

Contact Information

Demographic Information

Volunteer Resources at Holden Forests & Gardens is committed to creating an environment of inclusion, accessibility, diversity, and equity. You can help us in this effort by completing the section below based on how you describe yourself, if you are comfortable doing so.

Skills and Experience

Please check the box for any area in which you have skill or experience. If you have other special skills, interests or hobbies that you'd like to share with us, or if you'd like to tell us about your educational, employment, or volunteer background, please feel free to do that in the text box below.

Areas of Interest

Although volunteer activity is now limited due to the coronavirus pandemic, below is a list of current volunteer opportunities at our Holden Arboretum campus, Cleveland Botanical Garden and Leach Research Station (Madison, OH). Please feel free to select any that are of interest to you; you can click on the name of the position for more details and information, including the location of the opportunity.


Please indicate the days and times you are usually available to volunteer.

New Volunteer Information Session

Please sign up to attend one of the upcoming New Volunteer Information Sessions (do not sign up for the New Volunteer Training at this time). These sessions will be done on the computer using Zoom. If you are not available for one of the upcoming dates, leave this section blank. You'll be contacted by Volunteer Resources to discuss your availability. The information session will cover application steps, available volunteer positions and the HF&G Volunteer Handbook.


Emergency Contact Information

Please provide an emergency contact person.

Email Preferences

Volunteer Resources depends on email to keep volunteers informed about their schedules, important news and updates, and volunteer opportunities. However, we understand that not all volunteers wish to receive these emails. Please use the checkboxes below to select the kinds of email you would like to receive from our office.


As an unpaid volunteer or unpaid intern, you play an important role in supporting the mission of Holden Forests & Gardens. All unpaid volunteers and interns are covered under Holden Forests & Gardens Comprehensive General Liability policy. For insurance and risk management purposes, all unpaid volunteers/interns are required to carefully read and agree to the following terms. In this document, the term “Holden Forests & Gardens” or “Holden Forests & Gardens Parties” refers to Holden Forests & Gardens and its officers, directors, trustees, successors, assigns, affiliates, partners, licensees, sponsors, donors, employees, agents, guests and other volunteers. The terms “I,” “Volunteer,” “Volunteer/Intern,” or “me” refers to you, the unpaid volunteer or intern whose signature appears below.
We appreciate and welcome your joining our community through volunteering.

I want to serve as a volunteer/unpaid intern for Holden Forests & Gardens and engage in activities related to being a volunteer/unpaid intern. In consideration of Holden Forests & Gardens accepting me as a volunteer/intern and covering me with liability coverage, and in acknowledgement of the educational, professional and other experiences I will receive as a volunteer, I hereby freely, voluntarily, and without duress execute this Waiver, Release, and Indemnity Agreement under the following terms:

1. I am providing service to Holden Forests & Gardens voluntarily, for educational, civic, charitable or humanitarian reasons and without expectation of payment, reimbursement, or future paid employment of any kind.
2. I agree that my service is at will and that I may be terminated at any time and for any reason by Holden Forests & Gardens or that I may discontinue volunteering at any time and for any reason.
3. I agree and understand that, except as otherwise agreed to by Holden Forests & Gardens in writing, that Holden Forests & Gardens does not cover me by health, medical, automobile, property, disability, or life insurance or workers compensation benefits, nor will any financial assistance be provided in the event of injury or illness.
4. I understand and agree that there are dangers and risks associated with volunteer activities and I fully assume the dangers and risks. I agree to abide by all rules, instructions, policies and procedures imposed by Holden Forests & Gardens relating to volunteer activities. I agree to use my best judgment while engaging in volunteer activities, to take all reasonable precautions, and to act in a manner that will help protect myself and prevent injuries or losses to others.
5. I release and forever discharge Holden Forests & Gardens from any claim whatsoever which arises or may hereafter arise on account of any first aid, treatment, or service rendered to me in connection with my volunteer activities. I agree and understand that all costs for injury or loss above the coverage provided by my insurance are my personal responsibility.
6. I have consulted with my health care provider regarding my pre-existing health care conditions and will provide myself with any appropriate medication or treatment for these conditions. I hereby release and forever discharge Holden Forests & Gardens for any claim whatsoever arising from any complication or exacerbation of any such health conditions.
7. On behalf of myself and my heirs, assigns, executors, and administrators I do hereby agree, release, and forever discharge and hold harmless Holden Forests & Gardens from any and all liability, claims, and demands of whatever kind or nature, either in law or in equity, that arise or may hereafter arise from my activities with Holden Forests & Gardens. I understand that this release discharges Holden Forests & Gardens from any liability or claim that I may have against Holden Forests & Gardens with respect to any bodily injury, personal injury, illness, death, or property damage that may result from my activities, whether or not caused by the negligence of Holden Forests & Gardens.
8. I grant and give Holden Forests & Gardens all right, title, and interest in any and all quotations, photographic images, and video or audio recordings made by Holden Forests & Gardens during or as part of my volunteer activities including, but not limited to, any royalties, proceeds, or other benefits derived from such photographs or recordings.
9. I expressly agree that this Release, Waiver, and Indemnity Agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the State of Ohio, and that this Release shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio. I also agree that in the event that any clause or provision of this Release, Waiver, and Indemnity Agreement shall be held to be invalid that the invalidity of such clause or provision shall not otherwise affect the remaining provisions which shall continue to be enforceable.
10. By checking "I agree" I am signing this Agreement freely, voluntarily, and competently and am at least eighteen (18) years of age.