An Inspirational Experience


Contribute to Preserving a Legacy

Volunteering is a great way to get involved with the gardens and to meet new and interesting people. Whatever your talent, there is a volunteer opportunity available for you at Lakewold.
If you are interested in volunteering at Lakewold, please contact the Volunteer Manager by email at or by calling 253-584-4106 x106. The links to our Volunteer Application and Youth Volunteer Application can be found at the bottom of this page.

Training is available for all volunteer opportunities at the gardens, in addition to recognition events and group projects. The following lists our year-round volunteer activities that are available.

Garden Helpers

Do you get excited when you see the first buds of spring? Do you sometimes stop to pull an unintended weed because you just have to pull it? Well, working in the gardens with our knowledgeable staff might be just right for you. Responsibilities vary from raking leaves to learning the art of selective pruning, planting up flats of annuals or helping to troubleshoot plant and pest problems. These are just a few of the tasks that the horticulture team tackles throughout the year. Shifts of 2-4 hours work well. Click here for full position description.

Nursery Assistant at the Garden Shop

Do you like talking about plants, and taking care of plants? Help visitors create their own garden paradise as a Nursery Assistant at the Garden Shop. You will assist new and experienced gardeners alike to find plants to enhance their gardens and introduce them to plants they have not heard of before. Watering the nursery plants is a key responsibility, as well as light deadheading and occasional repotting. You will help to keep the plants healthy and vibrant, while helping visitors to create meaningful memories of Lakewold in their own backyards. This position is active from April-September, with weekly 3 hour shifts. Click here for a full position description.

Docent (Tour Guide)

Picture yourself strolling along the beautiful grounds of Lakewold while revisiting the life of Eulalie Wagner with visitors from around the world. This is what our docents do and they love to share the rich history and stories of how it all began. You will learn how to conduct a tour and develop your own presentation style. Tours primarily occur during the months of April - September and last approximately 2 hours. Click here for full position description.

Jewelry Fundraiser Preparation Assistant

Do you enjoy working with jewelry? Your role in an annual fundraiser will turn jewelry donations into garden renovations. In this position, you will assist with donation intake, inventory, and pricing. You may even research vintage pieces to learn about their origins. You will also have the option to take part in hosting the jewelry fundraiser during MayFest, presenting the items you have prepared for sale. Click here for full position description.

Admission Office/Garden Shop Assistance

Welcoming guests to Lakewold: This volunteer opportunity includes orienting visitors for their self-guided tour and collecting admissions payment. The person in this position helps out in the garden shop and nursery, assisting with plant, garden tools and gift sales as well as behind the scenes inventory and plant care. Another aspect of the position is acquiring information for tourist tracking from visitors. This person works as a team with the Visitor Services department in regularly scheduled two hour shifts, or on large attendance days when extra help is needed. Training is provided. If you enjoy working with the public, this is a great volunteer opportunity. Click here for full position description.

Administrative Assistance/Special Projects

Organizing, sorting and attention to details are skills commonly used in the office. We have many types of tasks to fit your comfort level and expertise. Once oriented you may be asked to organize files, join others in preparing for a mailing or take on a special project that taps your savvy computer skills.Click here for full position description.

Special Event Hosting

If entertaining or setting up for social functions sounds appealing, work with our events staff to ensure our guests are provided a gracious and warm experience while visiting Lakewold. Possibly help with greeting, ticket taking or refreshments all while keeping a watchful eye over the event process. Also available are shifts at various Home & Garden Shows that we attend to share information about Lakewold with the public. Click here for full position description.

Board/Committee Special Projects

Lakewold is always looking for volunteers to take leadership roles within the organization and has room on the board and committees for those with leadership skills.Click here for full position description.

Youth Program Workshop Assistant

As a workshop assistant for Lakewold’s Green Thumb Explorers program, you will help to bring garden-related workshops to elementary kids in and around Lakewood.  This is a great position if you like working with 3rd-5th graders, and would enjoy assisting speakers during lessons, supervising outdoor activities and helping with crafts. Click here for full position description.  


Do you enjoy books, easy and pleasant interactions with people, and spending time in a peaceful, historic setting on the grounds of a garden estate?  If so, becoming a Lakewold Librarian might just be your cup to tea!  The O’Rourke Memorial Library is Lakewold’s lending library, housing over 1,000 volumes, with a vast collection of horticulture-related books, numerous reference materials and encyclopedias. As a Librarian, you will keep the Library open for Lakewold visitors and check materials out to members. Click here for full position description.


Do you have a special talent or interest that you don’t see listed? We are always working on projects that require unique skills like design, architecture, writing and computer savvy. Share your talent with us and we’re sure to have a project in which you can assist.


Please click on the box below to bring up our Volunteer Application.

Supplements to fill out include with your application are also below, if relevant:

  • Please select the Parental Release Form if the volunteer is under 18 years of age.
  • Click for the Community Service Assignment Request form if you have such a requirement.

Return your volunteer application form:
By mail to PO Box 39780, Lakewood, WA 98496-3780
By fax to 253.584.3021
By email to
In person to the Tour Office during our open hours

Once your application is received, the Volunteer Manager will contact you to take the next step!

Volunteer Application Parental Release Form Community Service


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Lakewold Gardens
12317 Gravelly Lk Dr SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Fax 253.584.3021
Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 39780
Lakewood, WA 98496