Volunteers are crucial to maintaining and improving the health of Hermann Park. In 2002, the Conservancy commissioned a study to determine the Park’s maintenance needs. The study identified an annual 20,000 hour gap in what the Parks and Recreation Department is able to provide and what the Park needs to be properly preserved.

Each year since then, the Conservancy Volunteer Department has worked hard to successfully close this gap by overseeing 20,000 hours plus of volunteer work. Help us build on this success by signing up to be a Conservancy volunteer. Together we can continue to properly care for this Park which means so much to so many.

Whether you would like to be out in the Park, provide event support, or assist the staff in the office, there are innumerable volunteer opportunities in Hermann Park. Get involved today!

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Individuals and Families

Interested in becoming a Hermann Park Conservancy volunteer? All volunteers must fill out an application and meet with the volunteer coordinator to review their interests, skills, and availability.

Please email, mail, or fax your application to:
Volunteer Department Hermann Park Conservancy
1700 Hermann Drive
Houston, TX  77004
713-524-5887 (fax)

Upon review of your application, the volunteer coordinator will contact you about upcoming orientation dates.

Groups

Interested in bringing your corporate or school group to Hermann Park for a day in the Park? Projects can be tailored to the size, skills, and age range of your group. Download a group project request form now.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

In the Park

Volunteers are needed to keep the Park looking clean and beautiful. These are just a few of the activities volunteers perform in the Park:

  • Weeding and mulching plant beds 
  • Restoring picnic tables and benches 
  • Planting and watering trees 
  • Removing invasive plants 
  • Cleaning and repairing trails

McGovern Centennial Gardens

McGovern Centennial Gardens, a paradise for garden lovers, offers many opportunities for volunteers in the various horticultural-themed gardens. Garden ambassadors who welcome visitors and answer questions are also needed. It is a fun way to help Hermann Park and spend time with people who also love to garden. You can join our weekly group of garden volunteers that meet on Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or Saturdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Ambassadors volunteer on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. To learn about all of the McGovern Centennial Gardens volunteer opportunities, email Gabriel Durham, community engagement coordinator at volunteer@hermannpark.org or call 713-524-5876, ext. 357.

Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden features waterfalls, bridges and stone paths that wander among crape myrtles, azaleas, Japanese maples, dogwoods and cherry trees. Explore the winding pathways and pass by a teahouse and admire natural materials used such as rock, wood and plants to give a feeling of serenity. Individual volunteers garden on Thursday mornings from 9-11 a.m. To learn more about all of the Japanese Garden volunteer opportunities, email Gabriel Durham, community engagement coordinator at volunteer@hermannpark.org or call 713-524-5876, ext. 357.

Event Support

Hermann Park Conservancy counts on volunteer support at its events throughout the year. Major events include Evening in the Park, Hats in the Park luncheon, the Hermann Park Kite Festival, Park to Port Bike Ride and Run in the Park. To successfully pull off each of these events, the Conservancy counts on volunteers to help with gift bag preparation, event check-in, and post-event clean up.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Hermann Park Conservancy's Volunteer Department oversees a few special programs. If you are interested in participating in one of these programs, please email volunteer@hermannpark.org.

Eagle Scout Projects

The Conservancy is happy to work with Boy Scouts to help them plan and execute Eagle Scout service projects in Hermann Park. Boy Scouts work closely with the Volunteer Department to choose a project aligned with the Conservancy's mission to restore and beautify the Park. 

Job Shadowing

Ideal for young adults, the job shadow program was designed to allow participants to "shadow" staff members around the Park to help and learn what it takes to maintain the Park on a daily basis. The program is open to students who are looking to gain valuable job skills. Participants in this program are expected to complete 20 hours of service within a three month period.