The Longwood Teen Volunteer Program is an eight-week summer program that provides high school students with an opportunity to become part of the Longwood Team. Whether helping in the production greenhouses, the Conservatory or outdoor garden areas, teens will explore careers in horticulture and develop leadership skills in an enriching environment.
Ideal Candidates will:
Be entering grades 9−12 in Fall 2020.
Be interested in learning more about careers at Longwood Gardens and the field of horticulture.
Have access to reliable transportation.
Attend all events, trainings, and complete 30 scheduled hours during the eight-week program. Teens are expected to volunteer at least one shift per week.
All opportunities require walking, standing, kneeling, bending, reaching and light lifting. Specific duties vary, depending on the area.
Outdoor Children's Garden
Inspire Longwood's youngest guests in our Outdoor Children's Garden. You will interact with children through books and hands-on activities. The ideal candidate for this learning experience should enjoy working with groups of children. Teens will collaborate with fellow volunteers in the creation of new children's activities.
Interact with guests of all ages while working with our Docent Team to share knowledge of Longwood's Waterlilies. The ideal candidate will enjoy spending time outdoors and interacting with guests.
Dive deeper into the Meadow Garden, Forest Walk and Longwood's natural lands with the Land Stewardship team. Each day brings a different opportunity to help improve wildlife habitat and grow native plant communities. Ideal candidates enjoy spending the day outdoors and getting their hands dirty.
Exercise your science skills and explore what it's like to work in the lab and greenhouses alongside Longwood's Research team. The ideal candidate for this learning experience will have taken biology or chemistry in high school.
Grow behind the scenes with Longwood's horticulturists. Learn the process involved with producing high quality and consistant plants. Ideal candidates will have experience with basic gardening.
Venture out into the Gardens during this immersive week-long summer camp experience. Working with Camp Counselors, you'll assist campers ages 6–12 with their journey through the Gardens. This opportunity is only available to third- or fourth-year returning Teen Volunteers.