Join our team to share your love of Gathering Place, expand your knowledge and connect with the community. Volunteers have the opportunity to work alongside Gathering Place staff in many departments. Positions range from greeting visitors in guest services and planting trees with horticulture to encouraging safe and fun play in Chapman Adventure Playground. Volunteers also help with concerts, festivals, field trips, education programs and more!
Learn more about our volunteer opportunities below and keep in mind volunteer opportunities change and are updated on our volunteer portal frequently.
Apply today to volunteer HERE.
Guest Service Volunteers exemplify our culture of guest service by welcoming & greeting visitors, answering questions, assisting with park navigation and surveying guests for demographic information. Our ambassadors adopt our cultural values and serve as support for our guest services team to make sure all visitors feel welcome and equipped to enjoy the park to the fullest extent.
Horticulture Volunteers assist Gathering Place Horticulturists in landscape maintenance and functions with tasks including cutbacks, leaf removal, mulching, pruning, weeding, deadheading and other tasks as requested.
Tree Root Flare Care Volunteers establish and maintain a clearance of mulch and/or soil from tree root flares. With older trees, volunteers keep mulch back from the trunk and with younger trees, help establish the proper soil/mulch grade level necessary for the tree. General responsibilities require some digging, raking and soil leveling.
This is a multifaceted opportunity where Wildflower Warriors learn, assist and advocate for Gathering Place’s 16 acres of prairies. Wildflower Warriors are guided through activities that help Gathering Place maintain the prairies in the most sustainable ways possible by utilizing Integrated Pest Management programs. There is a monthly class to help learn about wildflowers, weed identification and maintenance activities. Prairie work includes weeding, cutbacks, raking, seed collection and seed cleaning. Additionally, the Wildflower Warriors help advocate for wildflowers at Gathering Place events.
Gather and play together at the Boathouse! Activities change on a weekly basis and span a wide range of topics - art, literacy, engineering and more. The Reading Corner is full of books for toddlers and their caregivers and a variety of toys and board games are available for all ages - adults, kids and families. Drop-In Play Programming Volunteers facilitate activities to diverse audiences and assist in the setup, cleanup and inventory of supplies and equipment. Families are encouraged to participate in activities together with all ages welcome!
Cabinet of Wonder Volunteers interact with guests viewing the Cabinet of Wonder installation by Mark Dion in the ONEOK Boathouse. Volunteers provide information, answer questions, facilitate activities and ensure guests are safely viewing and interacting with the Cabinet of Wonder. Volunteers must have an interest in and appreciation for contemporary art. Learn more about the Cabinet of Wonder here.
Spend the first Saturday of each month helping families learn through play at STEM Saturday presented by PSO! STEM Saturday Volunteers facilitate STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities to diverse audiences with our Education Team and assist in the setup, cleanup and inventory of supplies and equipment. Each STEM Saturday activity is completely different, adding a new challenge to test problem-solving skills.
Art Start highlights the gift of imagination and offers visitors a chance to meet and work with local visual artists. Art Start Volunteers assist guest artists with art activities for diverse audiences and aide in the setup, cleanup and inventory of supplies and equipment. Each month, a new teaching artist provides facilitation of an art activity focused for kids and families to enjoy.
Sunday Family Nature Walks Volunteers help the Education Team facilitate the Family Nature Walk program that occurs every 3rd Sunday of every month. Volunteers assist with the program by helping guests with scavenger hunts and a craft activity for each program. Participants of all ages will learn about nature and explore many ecosystems within Gathering Place.
The GROW (Gather and Read on Wheels) Mobile Library collection houses over 700 books on a variety of topics for different age levels and circulates through the Tulsa City-County Library (TCCL) book check-out system. GROW Mobile Library Volunteers check out books to the public, recommend books based on interests, and promote the Talking is Teaching initiatives through interactions with visitors.
Drop-In Play goes out into the park! This educator/volunteer facilitated program gives visitors a chance to interact, learn and play with a variety of materials relating to themes of Art, Sports and Movement, Nature, Cowboy Culture, Jazz and Improv, and Native American History; all on a mobile cart. Exploration Stations will rotate through themes and supplies and be stationed in a variety of locations throughout Gathering Place. Exploration Station Volunteers will facilitate educational programs and activities to diverse audiences and assist in the setup, cleanup and inventory of supplies and equipment. Be on the lookout for new and engaging activities often!
Docents act as the ultimate source of Gathering Place knowledge for tour guests. Docents embody Gathering Place culture and share the Park’s story from conception through current use. Docents complete an intensive docent training program. Upon completion of Docent Training, Docents lead scheduled general park tours for small groups. Docents must be personable, entertaining and responsive.
Event Volunteers assist with event program facilitation including greeting guests, providing directions, assisting with activity stations and helping staff with simple event set up, management and breakdown of performance and hospitality areas as needed. Types of events include the following:
Character Buddies help guide and assist Gathering Place Characters at various programs and events. Character Buddies must adhere to and maintain mascot integrity at all times.
Dog Play Wednesday Volunteers assist Gathering Place staff during our monthly program, Dog Play Wednesdays. Dog Play Wednesdays provide dog owners the opportunity to enjoy Gathering Place with their furry friends. Gathering Place will feature special activities on the 4th Wednesday of every month.