Volunteer at Cheekwood

One of Cheekwood’s greatest assets is its outstanding volunteers. Volunteers play an important role at Cheekwood, from leading tours and greeting visitors to caring for our gardens, assisting with events and programs and so much more.  If you’re searching for a fun and rewarding way to serve your community, Cheekwood could be your ideal volunteer fit! We offer a variety of short and long-term assignments, flexible scheduling, many weekend opportunities, along with opportunities suitable for families, groups and/or for meeting school service requirements. We also provide generous volunteer benefits including free admission/parking and discounts at our gift shop and restaurant on the days you serve, plus invitations to events and recognition of hours served. Come join this special team!

*Cheekwood does not offer court ordered community service as a volunteer opportunity.

For More Information

Contact the Volunteer Manager at volunteers@cheekwood.org or (615) 353-6966.

Volunteer Login

Current volunteers can login to the volunteer information center.

Volunteer Login

Volunteer for Holiday LIGHTS

Celebrate the holiday season by volunteering at Cheekwood’s festive Holiday LIGHTS! A winter wonderland with over one million lights, real reindeer, s’mores stations, a holiday marketplace, and more! Volunteers assist as greeter/way finders. Must be age 16 or older. Must be able to show COVID vaccine card or image of card with ID and wear a mask when indoors.


Cheekwood Docent Program

Are you an avid gardener, an admirer of the arts, or intrigued by Nashville’s rich history? Do you enjoy sharing your interests and knowledge with your community? If so, you may be interested in Cheekwood’s Docent Program! Join the docent program and get behind-the-scenes information and training on Cheekwood’s 55 acres of gardens, historical mansion, and art exhibitions from Cheekwood staff. Cheekwood offers the opportunity to train as a Garden Docent, House and History Docent, and Exhibition Docent. As key members of our team, docents act as volunteer teachers and tour guides while sharing their passion for Cheekwood’s permanent and temporary exhibitions, gardens, and historical residence with visitors of all ages. For Docent Program inquiries, contact Abby Ornella at aornella@cheekwood.org.

Docent Resources

Adult Volunteer Program 

Adult volunteers can be involved in a variety of fun and rewarding projects and events at Cheekwood.  Opportunities include Arts and Crafts, Gardening and Horticulture, Education Programs, Camp, Visitor Services, Admin/Mailings, Photography and Special Events like Bloom, Art Hop, Harvest, El Dia de los Muertos and Holiday Lights.  Cheekwood also participates in community conservation events like 250K Tree Day and Weed Wrangle.  Join, learn, meet new friends and have fun! Volunteers must be age 18 or older for this program. A volunteer application and orientation training is required before becoming a Cheekwood volunteer.

Adult Volunteer Application

Family Team Volunteer Program

The Family Team Volunteer Program is a family-friendly way to offer meaningful shared volunteer service opportunities.  Family Team volunteers serve Cheekwood volunteering together by greeting guests, helping at special events, conservation related tasks, and some education or arts projects. Opportunities: Cheekwood Greeters –  Assist as a friendly face and support for Visitor Services to help provide a positive visitor experience.  Family Team volunteers assist as way finders, give information on daily events and activities and direct guests that need further assistance. Conservation and Gardening – There may be seasonal gardening opportunities, and conservation related events that are a great way to engage in supporting our mission and in learning more about the natural world. Special Events – (age requirements vary by event).  Family Team volunteers help with games, art and garden projects and activities at public Cheekwood Events. *In order to qualify for this program, prospective youth volunteers must be 10-17 years of age and be paired with a legal guardian or adult family member. One adult is required per child on each Family Team.  There may be some opportunities for persons with disabilities through this program. **Orientation training is required of both team members.

Family Team Volunteer Application

Garden Volunteer Program

Now available weekdays and Saturday mornings!  For Master Gardeners, gardening enthusiasts and anyone that wishes to come and learn!  Seasonal and ongoing options are available. For more information, email volunteers@cheekwood.org.

Garden Volunteer Application

Teen Volunteer Program

Ongoing volunteer opportunities are offered for gardening, art project prep and visitor services tour guides. Great for service hours and learning new skills in an inspiring environment! A volunteer application and orientation training is required before becoming a Cheekwood Teens volunteer. For teens age 16 or older. For more information, email volunteers@cheekwood.org.

Teen Volunteer Application

Group Volunteering

Cheekwood offers a variety of opportunities for groups to participate in a service project or event.  Groups wishing to explore opportunities can find out more information or fill out a Group Application and submit to volunteers@cheekwood.org. Cheekwood cannot guarantee a group service opportunity.  Cheekwood will make every effort to match volunteer group applicants to volunteer opportunities based on the needs of the Cheekwood and the interests and abilities of the volunteer group.

Group Volunteer Application

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