NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Flamingo Gardens Orchidteers
The Flamingo Gardens Orchidteers are a group of volunteers that meet weekly to mount new orchids and care for existing orchids while gaining hands-on experience. Their mission is to develop Florida native and exotic orchid repositories to build awareness, interest, and education at Flamingo Gardens. 


Volunteers assist in cataloging, tagging, mounting, fertilizing and watering the vast collection of beautiful species and hybrids located throughout the Arboretum, Wray Lawn, Banyan Lawn, Wildlife area and along the Tram Trail. During the dry season, members also meet on Monday mornings to water the collection. The Orchidteers consist of volunteers from different orchid societies, to Master Gardeners, to orchid aficionados, and novices wanting to learn. Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome to join.

The Orchidteers meet every Thursday at 9:30 am at Flamingo Gardens. If you are interested in joining, please contact the Volunteer Department at:

Email: volunteers@flamingogardens.org

Call: 954.473.2955

VOLUNTEER

VOLUNTEER of the MONTH 

Gabriella 'Gaby' Ramos
Gaby started volunteering at Flamingo Gardens at the beginning of the summer, and by the time school went back she had put in over 260 hours! Gaby was a frequent volunteer working in our nursery and serving as a docent in the Wray Home museum, where in addition to giving tours, she also helped to transcribe a Spanish language guide. When asked why she volunteers, Gaby says "when you volunteer at Flamingo Gardens, everyone becomes like family. I have learned a lot about nature, but also about public speaking and dealing with all kinds of situations".


Image: Genevieve Areson, Our New Volunteer Coordinator.
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Image: Volunteering instructor in front of a class.

Flamingo Gardens volunteers are an integral part of the garden’s history and contribute to every aspect of our operations. We depend on our dedicated volunteers to help us maintain the gardens and facilities. Like History? Become a Wray Home Museum tour guide and meet people from around the world. Like plants and gardening? Help us care for our collection of rare & native plants. Love animals? With devotion and the proper training you can become part of our dedicated animal care volunteers. Good with your hands? Help us out with carpentry, woodwork, and simple repairs.

Please review the detailed information below, then call 954-473-2955 x134 for an appointment to come in and register. 
For more information email volunteers@flamingogardens.org

When you call, be sure to lets us know why you wish to volunteer and mention your areas of interest, talents and special skills.

ELIGIBILITY
Flamingo Gardens welcomes volunteers of all ages 12 and above: 

  • Adults 18+ wishing to contribute spare time to a worthy cause.
  • High School Students 15-18 completing their community service hours (with consent form signed by a parent)
  • Families wishing to be actively involved volunteering with their children ages 12-14. (Ages 12-14 may volunteer only when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.)
  • Court ordered service volunteers must call in advance to confirm eligibility. Parental Consent forms for court ordered volunteers under age 18 must be signed by a guardian in person at time of interview.
  • Sorry, children under 12 may not volunteer.


HOURS

Volunteers are typically able to set up a weekly schedule. While some positions require specifics hours, in many areas the Volunteer Department will work with you to set up a schedule that works for you.​​

  • Wildlife Care requires a different schedule. 
  • please email or call to set up an initial interview. Interviews are by appointment only.
  • If you can’t come every week, consider volunteering for Special Events, which are held on weekends and on holidays throughout the year.


OPPORTUNITIES

  • Food Services- Help at the Flamingo Cafe.
  • History- Become a Wray Home Tour Guide or help with historic research, archive photos and documents, and inventory the collection.
  • Hospitality and Information- Become an ambassador of the Gardens. Staff the membership and information table at events. Visit Volunteer Fairs, Earth Day celebrations and other outside events to give information and to distribute flyers to local businesses.
  • Horticulture- A wonderful opportunity to learn more about gardening in the tropics. Specialty Gardening, on weekdays only, is a good way to get your hands dirty whether you love crotons, roses, butterfly or hummingbird gardening, amaryllis, iris, heliconia, the Fragrance Garden or the Tropical Plant House.
  • Maintenance & Woodworking- Do you enjoy working with your hands? Volunteers help build, refinish, paint and repair. Use your skills in carpentry, painting, plumbing, or electrical work to keep the Gardens in shape. 
  • Office & Computers- Help with filing, phones, faxes, mailings and data entry. Contribute your expertise in graphics or web site maintenance.
  • Orchidteers- Help hang and care for orchids in the botanical garden while learning about orchids. Volunteer group meets monthly, usually the second Saturday morning of the month for a demonstration, followed by orchid care in the gardens.
  • Retail Gift Shop- Help with sales, merchandising, dusting, straightening and re-folding T-shirts. The book collection and inventory are ever popular with volunteers.
  • Special Events- Held on weekends and holidays throughout the year with varying hours, may be for you. There's a lot to do to set-up in the weeks before -- planning, marketing, mailing and scheduling. On event days, help with vendor check-in and set-up, traffic control, security, membership tables and other positions to staff, as well as breakdown and cleanup. 
  • Special Projects- You can also share your talents on an as needed basis.  Art, photography, you name it.  Let us know of your special skills and interests.  We'll match them to a volunteer opportunity.
  • Wildlife Care- Tend to our permanently injured birds and animals requires devotion, dependability, and extensive training. An ongoing commitment of at least 150 hours is required. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. Prior experience is helpful. Cleaning cages starts at 7 am, rain or shine, then diets are prepared which involves handling frozen rats, chicks and fish. 
Image: Stephen Bukur, Volunteer of the Month.
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Open 7 days a week, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm. Last entry at 4pm.

  Call us at (954) 473-2955

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Meet Our New Volunteer Coordinator-

Genevieve Areson

Genevieve Areson has joined the Flamingo Gardens team as our new Volunteer Coordinator. She comes with a strong background in Volunteer leadership and fundraising, and 20+ years of non-profit experience. Genevieve's last role as Director of Volunteers for a residential foster care community provided her with the tools necessary to manage and lead our dedicated Flamingo Gardens volunteers in maintaining and preserving the gardens and helping to provide a positive guest experience. Future plans for the Volunteer department include additional volunteer recognition, a fundraising opportunity in line with our mission, and monthly volunteer communications that highlight opportunities as well as a call to action. 

Genevieve resides in Pompano Beach with her fiance Marcus and their fur-baby, Toots McGee. She is an avid music lover, and a devoted Dave Matthews Band fan. If she's not at Flamingo Gardens, chances are she's at a concert!

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