Since opening to the public in 1974, Mercer has flourished from a strong volunteer base.

Mercer volunteers include plant and nature enthusiasts starting at age 12 with a parent or adult guardian. Volunteers ages 16+ may volunteer independently. We welcome community groups, corporations, high school and college students, retirees, and anyone with an interest in nature, conservation, and the environment.

Volunteers help with all aspects of the gardens. Try out a variety of positions including garden assistant, potting shed, and greenhouse assistant, and more. Volunteer activities may include plant propagation, bed maintenance, and care including weeding, mulching, planting, dividing, planting, and harvesting.

The Mercer Society also offers volunteer opportunities that range from administrative, outreach, and social media, to board of directors, special projects, events, and more.

Mercer invites you to join the dedicated group of volunteers who share their time, talent, knowledge, and enthusiasm to help make Mercer a premier botanical facility. Training is provided as required.

Volunteer Benefits

Volunteers enjoy flexible work hours at Mercer. They also receive The Leaflet, a monthly online publication highlighting gardening and volunteer news and information. Volunteer hours are tracked so we may provide special recognition to those who achieve 2000 or more hours.

If you also become a member of The Mercer Society, you can receive additional benefits like discounts at plant sales, early plant sale shopping, discounts at participating plant nurseries, and discounted or free admission to participating botanical gardens throughout the United States.

Become a volunteer in this beautiful and stimulating environment by contacting Mercer’s volunteer coordinator at 713-274-4160. Visit https://www.hcp4.net/parks/mercer/volunteer to complete Mercer’s volunteer application. After your application has been received, the volunteer coordinator will contact you about your interests and availability.

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The Mercer website can be found at www.hcp4.net/mercer.