Volunteering

Help preserve 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. We provide individualized training for all of our volunteer positions.
Application

All volunteers are required to apply and pass a background check prior to their first day of volunteering. Our application is online, however paper applications are available upon request..

By mail to PO Box 39780, Lakewood, WA 98496-3780
By fax to 253.584.3021
By email to mraffo@lakewoldgardens.org
In person to the Tour Office during our open hours
Once your application is received, our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to take the next step!

Supplements to fill out for volunteers under 18 years of age and those requesting hours for community service.

You can view our upcoming volunteer trainings and events by visiting our group Sign-up.com page.

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.

Nursery Assistant at the Garden Shop

Do you like taking care of plants? 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 so visitors can create meaningful memories of Lakewold in their own backyards. This position is active from April-September, with weekly 1 hour shift.

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.

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.

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.

Special Event Hosting

Our event hosts ensure guests are provided a gracious and warm experience while visiting Lakewold. You may help with planning, set-up, greeting, ticket taking or refreshments all while keeping a watchful eye over the event. Or get out in the community at one of the various Home & Garden Shows that we attend to share information about Lakewold with the public.

Librarian

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 act as a house host to our guests.