Youth Activities Volunteer

Division Assignment: Public Programs

Reports to:


To support the USBG mission of demonstrating the aesthetic, cultural, economic, ecological and therapeutic importance of plants to the well-being of humankind by connecting our youngest visitors to the magic of the plant world through informal and formal learning.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Create a welcoming, positive experience for our visitors
  • Support and lead child focused activities
  • Enthusiastically and accurately communicate information to children about specific topics (e.g., soil, seed dispersal, pollination, plant parts, etc.)
  • Create and maintain children's activity materials
  • Record and report the number of visitor encounters


  • Interest and comfort in serving a younger audience
  • Ability to be courteous, respectful and patient with visitors
  • Good oral communication skills
  • Cooperative nature, including the ability to accept instruction and correction
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances
  • Professional manner and appearance
  • Ability to work in an outdoor environment

Training Provided:

  • Onsite training with the Children's Education Specialist
  • Access to interpretive and hands-on activity materials for reference
  • Shadowing current volunteers

Time Commitment:

  • On average, two-hour shifts preferred; scheduled based on volunteer's availability
  • Weekday and weekend shifts available
  • 75 hours yearly with participation in at least one large event


  • Opportunities to participate in continuing education at the Garden
  • Participation in horticulture in-service training programs offered to volunteers in the Washington, D.C., area
  • Participation in USBG public programs for free or at reduced rates on a space-available basis
  • Participation in USBG-sponsored volunteer appreciation events
  • USBG Volunteer newsletter


There are two formats available to submit an application. Either must be completed and accompanied by any necessary supporting documentation.

Microsoft Word Volunteer Application

Adobe Acrobat fillable PDF Volunteer Application


Once complete, you may either email your application and any supporting documentation as electronic attachments or send hard copies to the following mailing address:

United States Botanic Garden
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
245 First Street
Washington, DC 20024-3201