Volunteer Opportunities


Join the team at Cox Arboretum MetroPark...it's fun and rewarding!!!

Everyone who visits Cox Arboretum MetroPark is touched in some way by the handiwork of our volunteers. The beauty of the Arboretum and what we provide to the public is only possible due to the large and dedicated volunteer force. Volunteers assist MetroParks' staff at every level of the Arboretum, from serving on the Foundation Board, working in the gardens, to conducting tours, and creating handmade items.


Why Be a Volunteer?

There are many benefits to volunteering, including:

  • Learning though hands-on experiences
  • Making new friends who share your interest
  • Staying active and fit
  • Working in beautiful surroundings
  • Making a positive contribution to the community
  • Annual volunteer recognition events
  • Improving the quality of your life


Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • *Butterfly House - April - October; help maintain the Butterfly House gardens or give guided tours to the public.
  • *Education - Work shifts vary; Guide visitors through the Arboretum and help them discover nature and the unique aspects of the grounds.
  • *Public Relations
    • Hospitality - Work shifts vary. Activities may include greeting, registering program/event participants, distributing materials, stocking kiosks, assisting with design and layout of displays, refreshment set-up and cleanup, and helping with the planning of events
  • Horticulture - Learn the most effective techniques from talented horticulture staff and fellow volunteers. No experience necessary, hands on training provided.
  • Woodworkers - Thursdays, 9 am - Make specialty items sold in the Zorniger Education and Visitor Center and assist with building and repair projects throughout the Arboretum and Five Rivers MetroParks.
  • *Corporate and Group Projects - Work shifts vary. Opportunities include ground maintenance, land management, greenhouse production, special events, or project work.

*Evening or weekend opportunities available.

If you have a special talent, we would like to hear about it! For more information on current volunteer opportunities contact Five Rivers MetroParks Volunteer Coordinators, at (937) 275-7275 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To review volunteer opportunities throughout Five Rivers MetroParks, please visit the Five Rivers MetroParks website.