Milner Gardens and Woodland

Get involved as a volunteer

Become a member or

Milner Gardens & Woodland is looking for volunteers who are willing to offer a few hours of their time on a regular basis to instruct and work with others in horticulture and gardening.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and to participate in making Milner Gardens & Woodland a world-class venue.

Milner Gardens & Woodland volunteers are given an orientation, hands-on training, horticultural knowledge, invitations to volunteer-only events and courses, the satisfaction of being part of creating an exciting community-oriented project, and, of course, you will have our undying gratitude.

To become a volunteer, please fill out a Volunteer Application Form and either drop it off at the garden or mail it in.

Milner Gardens & Woodland
2179 West Island Highway
Qualicum Beach, BC, V9K 1G1

Updating volunteer information

If you are a current Milner Garden & Woodland volunteer and wish to let us know of any changes in areas of interest or other details, please fill out volunteer application form and mail it to the address above or drop it off at the main office.

Volunteer Positions

Please see below for a description of the various volunteer opportunities


Shoots with Roots Mentors

Volunteer mentors in our Shoots with Roots program accompany school groups to help engage children in a variety of gardening, science, and nature play activities. There is a minimum commitment of five visits throughout the school year. Some experience working with children is preferred and a criminal record check is required.


Tour Guide (Gardens & Woodland Docent)

Lead groups through the gardens and woodland identifying plants, birds and animal habitat, while telling of its history, horticulture collection, and relationship to Vancouver Island University.

House Docent

Greet visitors in the historic Milner House and share information about the house and garden, while keeping an eye on all the items that belong in the house.


Plant Sales Assistant

Assist the Nursery Grower with the organization of plant sales.  Care for plants in the sales area and help visitors select and purchase plants.

Trail & Woodland Steward

Walk the trails, woodland, driveway and parking lot to ensure that they are clean (raking, sweeping and removing broken/fallen branches), all plant labels and signage are in place and clean and that it is presentable to and safe for the public prior to opening in the morning. 

Wednesday Gardener

Meet every Wednesday and assist the Horticulturist with gardening tasks around the garden.

Food Garden Keeper

Help tend the Children’s Food Garden, greet visitors, and engage young visitors in hands-on activities such as watering and weeding.


Visitor Services

Welcome & Interpretive Centre Cashier

Take admissions and/or checks membership status, promotes membership and processes membership applications, informs the public about general information, policy and activities of the Gardens and takes reservations.

Gift Shop Assistant

Interact with visitors, transact sales, and prices merchandise and uses creative talent to help display the gift and gardening items.  Also, serves visitors drinks and snacks and handles the payments.

Tea Room

Kitchen Helper

Assist the Tea Room Servers by doing all the necessary kitchen preparations.

Tea Room Server

Serve the guests in the tea room.

Luncheon Helper

Assist in the preparation, serving, and clean-up of luncheons


Golf Cart Driver

Transport visitors from the Welcome and Interpretive Centre to the Gift Shop, Nursery or Main House and return in a 7 passenger golf cart.

Parking Attendant/Traffic Controller

Direct traffic at the entrance and the parking lot during especially busy days (Mother's Day, statutory holidays, etc.) and special events.


Facilities Maintenance & Construction

Painting and repairing the Main House, Gardener’s Cottage, Gift Shop, Welcome and Interpretive Centre and other out buildings.

Garden Maintenance & Construction

Mend fences, builds benches and does repairs and/or minor renovations to the structures on the property.

Special Events

Garden Ambassador

Staff our booth at various garden shows, answering questions, handing out membership information and garden brochures, facilitates events by helping to organize and/or prepare the site for the event and clean up afterwards and especially to being available to work at the event in some capacity, which could include selling raffle tickets, giving out information, etc


Fundraising Committee

Help to source and write grant applications and raise funds to support the general running, growing, and evolution of the Gardens.

Marketing Committee

Assist in the promotion of the garden through various activities including writing press releases, planning for and participation in community events, and distribution of promotional material.

Wedding Committee

 Help organize and participate in wedding events, assists in preparations before the event and clean up after the event, meets potential clients to discuss price/policy and show them the grounds.