If you are interested in joining our Denver Botanic Gardens' Volunteer Program, please complete and submit this New Volunteer Interest Form.

Once you complete the form, click the CONTINUE button at the bottom.

Requirements for joining the Adult Volunteer Program:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be fully vaccinated for COVID 19 by October 15, 2021
  • Submit a Volunteer Program Interest Form
  • Watch New Volunteer Orientation Video
  • Complete a Volunteer Placement Interview
  • Complete a background check form
  • Attend a New Volunteer Onsite Tour 

We do not have opportunities to complete court ordered community service at our York Street location. Please check out Spark the Change - CO https://www.sparkthechangecolorado.org/court-ordered-volunteer-opportunities for info on organizations who have these opportunities. 

Next Step after Interest Form is Submitted

  • Watch New Volunteer Orientation Video

Volunteer Services will email you instructions and a video link to view.

Please make sure to add your name and preferred contact email address to orientation watch list when you have watched the New Volunteer Orientation Video in its entirety. This is how we will contact you for to complete the next step in the new volunteer onboarding process. 

If you have any questions regarding the new volunteer orientation video, please email our department at vol@botanicgardens.org

Name and Address

General Information

As of October 15, all perspective volunteers are required to be vaccinated for COVID 19 to serve at Denver Botanic Gardens.  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).

All prospective volunteers must submit to and pass a criminal record and National Sex Offender (NSO) check prior to acceptance into the program. A volunteer whose background check indicates no criminal record and are not registered with NSO will be considered for placement.

Any volunteer applying for an opportunity with Denver Botanic Gardens who has been convicted of a Class 1, 2 or 3 felony will be considered on a case-by–case basis. Any felonies that involved any type of physical harm to others or animals will not be considered.

Demographic Information

The information below is used to help us gain a better understanding of the demographic make up of our volunteers.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

As of October 15, all prospective 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). 


Please select as many skills as you feel are applicable to you!


Please list two people, not related to you, who know you in a work, school or volunteer setting.

Denver Botanic Gardens Affiliated Plant Societies

Are you a member of a Denver Botanic Gardens affiliated plant society? If yes, please list which ones.

Emergency Contact

Please provide the information of someone we can contact in case of emergency.


Why are you interested in volunteering at the Gardens?


What would you like to gain from volunteering at the Denver Botanic Gardens, and what would make you feel successful as a volunteer at Denver Botanic Gardens?

Account Password

You will be given an account for Volgistics, our online scheduling system, where you will be able to view and change your schedule. Please provide a password for your account below.

Volunteer Agreement, Waiver and Liability Release

I certify that the information given 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.

Authorization for Background Check

As an applicant for a volunteer position with Denver Botanic Gardens, I realize that a thorough background investigation is conducted to qualify me for volunteering. I understand that Denver Botanic Gardens must verify my date of birth and social security number. I hereby authorize the release of any information relating to my criminal history and any additional specific information relating to the position that I’m applying for, unless restricted by law. This authorization is made voluntarily, for the purposes of volunteering only, and information should be given only in response to an authorized request from Denver Botanic Gardens.

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 (“releasees”) 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 releasees or otherwise. I understand that in the course of volunteering I may participate in or create intellectual property on behalf of the Museum. I understand that all such property, and all rights to its use, belong exclusively to the Museum. I shall exercise due diligence in ascertaining the ownership of any non-Museum intellectual property prior to its use by the Museum, and shall work with appropriate Museum personnel to protect Museum intellectual property.” 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 Prevention and 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:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/


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.  



All volunteers must comply with the provisions of this policy.  Non-compliance will not be tolerated, and breach of any provision of this policy may result in a necessary leave of absence from DBG Volunteer Program or disciplinary action including and up to dismissal from the Volunteer Program. 


Future Amendments to Policy

The circumstances relating to COVID-19 transmission and infection rates are rapidly evolving and DBG is working hard to keep its employees, volunteers, vendors and visitors safe and healthy while at DBG or conducting DBG business. Accordingly, DBG reserves the right to alter this policy at any time for any reason, or for no reason.  This includes, but is not limited to, the right to change the requirements relating to masking and/or vaccination as DBG deems appropriate.

By checking the box below I am acknowledging that I have read the above policy and the information I have provided is accurate to the best of my ability.  

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.