Tour Docents (Walking or Trolley) needed at Duke Gardens

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Sarah P. Duke Gardens

  • 1 person is interested

Looking ahead to 2020, there will be many volunteer opportunities at Duke Gardens. You can learn more about the role of Tour Docents and those of other volunteers at one of our Volunteer Information Sessions on the following dates:

  • January 29, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Feb. 1, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Feb. 5, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

To attend a session, please submit a Duke Gardens Volunteer Interest Form at
and indicate on the form which session you wish to attend. We will contact you to confirm your session date and offer more details.

Tour Docents: Possess the gift of gab and take pleasure in sharing knowledge with others? Tour docents lead trolley and walking tours and enthusiastically interact with visitors to explore the Gardens, teach about our horticultural displays and features, and promote conversation to enhance visitors' experiences.

Commitment: 2 hours on Tues., Wed., Thur., or Fri. at 10:00 am or 2:00 pm
Time of Year: March - Nov.; training to begin in late Feb. 2020
Qualifications: Knowledge of the Garden or willingness to learn. A w illingness to learn the orientation of the Garden, historical facts and horticultural features to orally communicate these to visitors is necessary. Able to attend core trainings and specialized docent trainings to stay informed of events, membership levels and changes within the Garden. If leading trolley tours, the ability to safely operate a trolley and be adept at driving through the garden while maintaining visitor safety is necessary. If leading walking tours, ability to adapt to varying weather conditions and garden terrain while administering tours and maintaining visitor safety is required.
Trainings: Tour docent training is on the job and includes observation and shadowing of current docents. Self-study of program materials is also recommended. All garden volunteers are required to participate in Core Knowledge Training which consists of a series of 3 courses totaling approximately 6 hours. These Core Knowledge Training classes are offered twice per year and need to be taken only once when it is convenient.

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Make a difference in your community and inspire others by supporting the mission of Duke Gardens
  • Meet people with similar interests
  • Enjoy volunteer events, lunch and learn programs and annual celebrations
  • Earn a discount at Duke Gardens' Terrace Gift Shop
  • Have fun and challenge yourself

Questions about volunteering at Duke Gardens?
Please email us or call 919.668.3694. Thank you for your interest!

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About Sarah P. Duke Gardens


Duke University, 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC 27708, US

Mission Statement

Sarah P. Duke Gardens creates and nurtures an environment in the heart of Duke University for learning, inspiration and enjoyment through excellence in horticulture.


Sarah P. Duke Gardens is widely recognized as a premier public garden, providing extraordinary visitor experiences, horticultural artistry, leadership in conservation, and innovative programs. It plays a vital role in the life and values of Duke University and is a respite from the ordinary in a welcoming and beautiful setting.

Gardens need people to bring them to life, and people to nourish and pass them into future hands. Duke Gardens volunteers are that promise to the future. We cannot overstate the essential contribution volunteers make to the growth, purpose and beauty of the Gardens.

Expand your knowledge of the natural world and help each visitor find inspiration, enjoyment and a stronger connection to Duke Gardens. Volunteers bring their interests, energy, knowledge and passion to the Gardens, helping visitors by:
* offering information
* guiding tours and leading education programs
* maintaining gardens
* promoting membership
* enriching each visitor’s experience


Sat Feb 15, 2020 - Wed Nov 25, 2020


Sarah P. Duke GardensDuke University420 Anderson StreetDurham, NC 27708


  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Public Relations
  • Gardening
  • People Skills
  • Storytelling




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours on Tues., Wed., Thur., or Fri. at 10am or 2pm March – Nov.
  • Able to attend core trainings and specialized docent trainings to stay informed of events, membership and changes within the Garden. Some training is training is on the job. Self-study, shadowing and observation may be necessary.

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