Volunteer to keep beautiful park gardens growing
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy gardeners and horticulturists work in gardens throughout our city parks. From April through November, our staff are joined by volunteers who want to keep these gorgeous spaces growing.
Garden volunteers help mulch, weed, and deadhead. Tools, gloves, and training are provided. Ready to get involved? Sign up for our regularly scheduled events in the park or apply to become a dedicated Garden Buds volunteer.
Garden Buds are longterm, weekday volunteers who work closely and consistently with Parks Conservancy horticulturists and gardeners. They help mulch, weed, deadhead spent flowers while also becoming familiar with the garden and interacting with park visitors.
Garden Buds requirements and expectations:
- Work with gardeners on maintenance projects (weeding, deadheading, mulching)
- Commit to at least 2 sessions (6 hours) a month from May - October
- Follow instructions and communicate reliably
- Learn basic information about the parks and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and engage with the general public
- Be dressed appropriately: long pants, close-toed shoes, weather-appropriate clothes that can get dirty
Garden Buds coordinate with Parks Conservancy staff to establish a schedule and location. Available Garden Bud sites:
- Highland Park Entry Garden
- Mellon Park Walled Garden
- Schenley Plaza
- Westinghouse Memorial in Schenley Park
- Mellon Square
- Frick Environmental Center
- Chapel Shelter in Riverview Park
- Grandview Avenue in Emerald View Park
- Schenley Park Visitor Center
- August Wilson Park
- McKinley Park
If you have a passion for nature, a desire to help others, and love teaching, this opportunity is for you!