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Want to gain experience learning to care for animals, want to help educate visitors about native wildlife, have a green thumb and a passion for native plants, or just want to help the Nature Center thrive?  The Nature Center needs volunteers throughout the year to assist with cleaning animal habitats, interacting with visitors, preparing diets, horticulture, administration, special events, and more. 

Qualifications to become a volunteer:

  • Be over the age of 18.
  • Be available at least one day per week for at least two hours at a time (9:00-5:00).
  • Be able to commit to a regular volunteer shift for a minimum of three months.
  • Be punctual, dependable, hardworking, trustworthy, and willing to learn!
  • Be friendly and courteous!  Some positions have more visitor interaction than others, but all positions have some interaction with the public.
  • Note: Certain volunteer opportunities may require additional skills or training.  If you have skills you’d like to share with us, please contact the volunteer coordinator for more information.

For additional information about volunteering and for the volunteer application, please visit the Friends of the WNC Nature Center's website here.

Under 18? The Nature Center also provides several regular opportunities for teen volunteers over age 13.  Please visit the Teen Programs page for more information.  At this time, we do not offer regular volunteer opportunities for youth under age 13. 

For school/senior projects or youth group volunteer projects, please contact the Education Department by calling 828-259-8080 or download the senior project application here.

Volunteers will also be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Field trips
  • Special workshops
  • Incentive awards
  • Nature Center Newsletter 

Volunteer Job Descriptions:

  • Docent - Assist the education department in providing programs to visitors.
  • Horticulture- Assist in maintaining native plant gardens and landscape plantings.
  • Special Events - Assist with events such as Howl-O-Ween, Hey Day, A Winter's Tail, and many more!
  • Exhibits - Assist the exhibit department in design and construction of exhibits.
  • Front Desk - Assist staff at front admissions desk.
  • Wild Animal Care - Assist animal department in the maintenance of the habitat and food preparation for the
    wild animals. **NOTE: There is no direct contact with the wild animals ***
  • Farm Animal Care/Petting Area - Assist animal department in the care and feeding of the domestic animals as well as
    watching the petting area and answering questions for visitors about the farm animals.
  • Internship- There are  multi-week internship opportunities available with the animal, exhibits
    and education departments. There is a time commitment required. Click here for more details.

Special Thanks

“We’d like to thank the Buncombe County Extension Master Gardeners for volunteering to maintain our NC Farm Heritage Garden.

The plants in this garden include many old varieties of flowers, herbs, and vegetables that were once popularly grown by farmers 
in Western North Carolina as ornamentals or as crops for consumption.”


~ WNC Nature Center ~ 75 Gashes Creek Road ~ Asheville ~ NC 28805 ~
Phone (828) 259-8080


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