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The Barnes Arboretum Garden Guide

Posted on: Ongoing

Location: Merion, PA

Description: Garden Guides give tours and provide interpretation of the living collections for visitors to the Barnes Arboretum. Training is provided by the Barnes staff and outside experts in the horticulture field. An additional ten to 20 hours of home study is required. After successful completion of guide training, a two-year commitment leading tours as needed and attending monthly continuing education meetings is required. To apply you must satisfy the following pre-requisites: 

  • Be available to active email communication
  • Provide two references

Successful completion of the Barnes Horticulture Certificate Program is preferred but not required for Garden Guides.
Volunteering at the Barnes provides unique access to the collection, programs, and staff, as well as opportunities to enjoy camaraderie with fellow art, culture, horticulture, and education enthusiasts. The Barnes has different types of volunteer positions with varied levels of training, time commitments, and background requirements.

Established as an educational institution, the Barnes Foundation carries out its mission by promoting appreciation of the arts and horticultural science through the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of the collections of Albert C. and Laura L. Barnes.
Celebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation's art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of impressionism, post-impressionist, and early modern art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metalwork, and more. The 12-acre Arboretum contains over 3,000 species of woody plants and trees.
The Foundation engages diverse audiences through its exceptional collections and related high-quality programs that reflect a broad range of periods and cultures and build on the founders’ innovative educational vision of transforming lives through the arts and horticulture.

Apply online.