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Invasive Species Steward

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ORGANIZATION: Holden Arboretum

The Invasive Species Stewards help with the removal of invasive plants. This could be anything from hand-pulling garlic mustard, cutting and dragging buckthorn, or lopping invasive vines. This is perhaps one of the most important positions that assists our Conservation Department, as it is an ecologically important and time-consuming job for staff members to accomplish without help of volunteers.

For spring 2022, shifts are available Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 8-11:30am, May 4-June 9.


  • Support staff and serve as a positive representative of Holden Forests & Gardens
  • Follow supervisor instructions to complete tasks
  • Hiking trails and natural areas carrying tools as needed
  • Identify and control invasive plants
  • Responsibly use provided tools and properly dispose of plant material as instructed
  • Accurately record data and location of management if needed
  • Maintain the safety of people, plants, and animals
  • Attend trainings, orientations, or clinics as required
  • Additional related tasks as needed
  • Optional: Complete and evaluate course material, either online or in-person
Qualifications, Skills and Characteristics:
  • Ability to listen to and follow supervisor instructions
  • Ability to work outside in various weather conditions
  • Physical ability necessary to walk up to two (2) miles over uneven terrain, kneel, bend over, and move to weed, cut, and drag plants
  • Ability to carry up to 30 pounds of plant material
  • Willingness to learn information and procedures relevant to the position
  • Demonstrate reliability, punctuality and ability to adapt if needed
  • Demonstrate respect for the diversity of people and nature
All onsite volunteers must be vaccinated for COVID-19. Booster shots are not required at this time.

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About Holden Arboretum


9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, OH 44094, US

Mission Statement

Holden Arboretum is a campus of Holden Forests & Gardens. Holden Forests & Gardens connects people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities.


Holden Forests & Gardens is made up of two of Northeast Ohio’s most important environmental and cultural institutions - the Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden - whose mission is to advance and inspire a deeper understanding of plants to enhance life. The 12th largest public garden in the country, Holden Forests & Gardens has more than 22,000 member households and an annual attendance of close to 400,000, for whom we strive to provide inspirational and educational visitor experiences.

Holden Forests & Gardens is making a positive impact in the region through urban greening and forestry initiatives, environmental research, nature-based educational programs, and world-class visitor experiences at its two campuses.

We envision a future in which all communities are transformed into vibrant places where trees, plants, and people thrive.




Wed May 04, 2022 - Thu Jun 09, 2022
08:00 AM - 11:30 AM


9550 Sperry RoadHolden ArboretumKirtland, OH 44094



  • Habitat Restoration


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteers do not need to commit to a monthly time commitment, although recurring help is encouraged. Each session will be 1-3 hours depending on the task . Majority of invasive species removal will take place in the spring and fall.
  • New volunteers must complete online orientation and application. Volunteers must be vaccinated for COVID-19.

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