Summer Teen Volunteer Program

(Students 13 to 17 years old)

During the summer, teens can volunteer in a variety of positions at Denver Botanic Gardens, including in the Mordecai Children’s Garden, in the summer camps, in the visitor center, or in the gardens. You can find more information about each specific position below. 

Not sure which volunteer position is for you? Teens and their parent/guardian are encouraged to attend the Information Session on Sunday, March 3, from 1-2:30 p.m.

Sign Up for the Info Session

Applications for Summer 2019 are due by Sunday, April 7.

Already a teen volunteer at the Gardens? Reapply for this summer.


To apply:

  • Fill out the online application for one (or more) of the positions listed below
  • Select one adult who is not related to you to submit this letter of recommendation
  • Some positions may also require an interview

If accepted into the summer program, teens will need to attend a new teen volunteer orientation on Sunday, May 19 in the afternoon, and attend any position-specific trainings.


Exploration Guide (York Street)

Exploration Guides help children and families explore activities and projects throughout Mordecai Children’s Garden. Volunteers commit to a regular weekly morning shift.

Read the full position description

Apply for this position


Garden Helper (York Street)

Garden Helpers, working alongside a staff horticulturist, engage in hands-on work in the gardens, developing knowledge about gardening that they can share with visitors. Volunteers commit to a regular weekly morning shift.

Read the full position description

Apply for this position


Junior Counselor (York Street or Chatfield Farms)

(Students 13 to 15 years old only)
Junior Counselors support camp staff and help campers learn and enjoy their Gardens’ summer camp experience. Teen volunteers commit to one entire week of camp, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Read the full position description

Apply for this position at either location


Teen Ambassador (York Street or Chatfield Farms)

Teen Ambassadors, working closely with adult volunteers and Visitor Services staff, provide a welcoming introduction for Gardens visitors, helping them with general information, directions, and ticket-purchasing. Teens commit to a regular weekly shift at either the York Street or Chatfield Farms locations. Shifts are available at York Street from 12:30-4:30 p.m. throughout the week; shifts are available at Chatfield Farms from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Thursday – Sunday only.

Read the full York Street position description

Read the full Chatfield Farms position description

Apply for this position at either location


For more information about the Summer Teen Volunteer Program, email or call 720-865-3565.


Gardens Teen Leaders Program

(High School Students)

Denver Botanic Gardens is looking for teens who are interested in volunteering during the school year and who have a special interest in the work of the Gardens. The Gardens Teen Leaders (GTL) is a small, dedicated group of teen volunteers from throughout the Denver Metro area. These teens:

  • Help the Gardens create new and engaging volunteer opportunities for teens
  • Contribute valuable, visible service that supports the Gardens' mission
  • Explore different career paths by meeting and working with staff from all over the Gardens

Participant requirements:

  • Must be attending high school in the 2018-2019 school year
  • Attend monthly meetings during the school year (one Sunday 1-3 p.m. and one Wednesday 5:30-7:30 p.m. per month)
  • Volunteer for at least two special event shifts during the school year

For more information about the GTL Program, email or call 720-865-3565.

Applications for the 2018-2019 GTL program are no longer being accepted. Please check back in June 2019 to learn more about opportunities for the 2019-2020 school year.