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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

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  • 31 people are interested

Bored at home? Does the Pandemic have you socially distancing from your own shadow? Are you healthy and feeling like you can conquer the world? Then perhaps this might be a good time for you to volunteer with us! We are in critical need of volunteers to help us operate the Wings of Tropics Butterfly Exhibit. We are following all CDC and Miami-Dade County Protocols to keep everyone safe and will provide on the job training.

Volunteers are the eyes and ears of Fairchild, and are essential in maintaining awesome customer service and making sure everyone stays safe!

Shifts are 10AM-1PM or 1PM-4PM, any day of the week.

Volunteers will rotate throughout the exhibit, starting at the front of the exhibit and giving rules and guidelines for visitors. The next station is to monitor the guests and ensuring safe interactions with the plants and butterflies. The last station is ensuring no sneaky butterflies get out!
Masks are required!

Please email jpeterson@fairchildgarden.org for more information on getting started with us!

We do ask that volunteers commit to a weekly schedule.

Must be 14 and older!

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About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden


10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami, FL 33156, US

Mission Statement

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's mission is to save tropical plant diversity by exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants; fundamental to this task is inspiring a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world.


Founded in 1938 on an 83 acre site south of Miami, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden gets it name from one of the most famous plant explorers in history, David Fairchild (1869-1954). Fairchild was known for traveling the world in search of useful plants, but he was also an educator and a renowned scientist. At the age of 22, he created the Section of Foreign Seed and Plant Introduction of the United States Department of Agriculture, and for the next 37 years he traveled the world in search of plants of potential use to the American people. Fairchild visited every continent in the world (except Antarctica) and brought back hundreds of important plants, including mangos, alfalfa, nectarines, dates, cotton, bamboos, and the flowering cherry trees that grace Washington D.C.

Dr. Fairchild retired to Miami in 1935 and joined a group of passionate plant collectors and horticulturists, including retired accountant Col. Robert H. Montgomery, environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas, County Commisioner Charles Crandon, and landscape architect William Lyman Phillips who were all interested in bringing a one of a kind botanic garden to South Florida. In 1938, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden opened its 83 acres to the public for the first time.

Today, Fairchild is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and recognized leader in both Florida and international conservation. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden emphasizes the expansion of plant knowledge through publications, education programs, and research in taxonomy, floristics, conservation biology and ethno-botany. Fairchild plays many roles, including museum, laboratory, learning center and conservation research facility, but it's greatest role is protecting biodiversity, which the garden's scientists, staff, and volunteers all contribute to on a daily basis. In 2012, Fairchild became the home of the American Orchid Society, and opened the state-of-the-art DiMare Science Village, covering more than 25,000 square feet and featuring five buildings including The Clinton Family Conservatory's Wings of the Tropics Exhibit, Glass House Cafe, Windows to the Tropics Conservatory, The Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion and the Kushlan Tropical Plant Science Institute.



We'll work with your schedule.


10901 Old Cutler RoadMiami, FL 33156



  • Environmental Education
  • Customer Service
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Community Outreach


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • We ask for a weekly commitment of one shift(10AM-1PM or 1PM-4PM)
  • Team player, must wear a mask and follow CDC guidelines.

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