Mercer invites you to join the
dedicated group of volunteers who
share their time, talent, knowledge,
and enthusiasm to help make
Mercer a premier botanic facility.
Volunteer Application (Online)
March Mart Plant Sale Volunteer Form (Online)
Volunteer Handbook (PDF)
For more information, please contact our volunteer coordinator at 281-443-8731.
Since opening to the public in 1974, Mercer has flourished from a strong volunteer base.
Volunteers help with all aspects of the gardens. They work alongside staff in the gardens and greenhouses, lead education tours, improve the Mercer library, and catalogue plant specimens for the herbarium.
From building benches and propagating plants to organizing March Mart, the largest plant sale fund-raiser in Southeast Texas, there is a variety of fun and interesting volunteer opportunities.
Mercer’s volunteers include plant and
nature enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels
including community groups, corporations,
Master Gardeners, Texas Gulf Coast Gardeners, and many more.
The volunteer coordinator matches the applicant’s interests and
talents to exciting volunteer opportunities.
New volunteers receive excellent job training, including tours
of Mercer’s facilities and gardens. Refresher training sessions are
also available for experienced volunteers.
Mercer offers job diversity. From digging in the dirt, to educating
people, to working on the computer, there is something for
everyone at Mercer. Become a garden assistant, trail guide, administrative
assistant, financial specialist,
collection curator, special event
planner, or any of the over 25 different
positions. Volunteers also enjoy flexible
work hours and a range of commitment levels.
Mercer provides volunteer appreciation events during National Volunteer Week in April, an annual
picnic the last Wednesday in October, field trips, ongoing training, and a free subscription
to The Leaflet (PDF), a quarterly publication highlighting
gardening news and information.