Become a U.S. Botanic Garden Volunteer!

Volunteer Todd Brethauer shares a voodoo lily with a visitorU.S. Botanic Garden volunteers have a common sense of purpose in identifying with the Garden's mission of demonstrating the aesthetic, cultural, ecological, economic, and therapeutic importance of plants to humankind. Have you ever wondered how you could be part of the experience?

Volunteers are professionals, hobbyists, retirees, or employed full-time. Through their time at the Garden, volunteers develop new skills, explore their personal interests, and make significant contributions that enable the Garden to fulfill its mission. Volunteering is a great way to meet others and connect with the community. Volunteers must be 18 years of age.

Please note that there is no volunteer parking available at the Garden. We recommend public transit for volunteers.

To learn more about volunteering at the U.S. Botanic Garden, please review our Volunteer Program Frequently Asked Questions and current volunteer opportunities listed below. If you are interested in volunteering, please submit an application. You may contact Elizabeth Barton, USBG Volunteer Coordinator, with any questions by phone (202-226-8066) or email (Elizabeth.Barton@aoc.gov).

Check out the USBG Volunteer Program Frequently Asked Questions

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Horticulture Volunteers

The Horticulture Team is not currently recruiting volunteers.

Public Programs Volunteers

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The Public Programs Team is currently recruiting for:

Front Desk Garden Ambassadors for the following times:

  • Monday mornings
  • Tuesday afternoons
  • Alternate Wednesday afternoons
  • Thursday afternoons
  • Friday mornings and afternoons

Discovery Cart Volunteers

Note that Discovery Cart volunteers will need to attend one of the following trainings. Please indicate your preferred training in the "Availability" section of the application.

  • Thursday, October 3, 2 PM to 4 PM
  • Thursday, October 3, 6 PM to 8 PM
  • Saturday, October 19, 9 AM to 11 AM

DOCENT TRAINING

Our current recruitment period for docents has ended. Please check back in Winter 2020.

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Interested in giving tours to USBG visitors? Join our docent team!

* Docents must complete volunteer badging and orientation
* Position Description (PDF)

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION

All new volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation session and a general accessibility training. 2019 orientation dates are:

  • Saturday, September 14
  • Tuesday, October 15