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. Volunteers must be 18 years of age. 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.

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 (

Check out the USBG Volunteer Program Frequently Asked Questions


Horticulture Volunteers

The Horticulture Team is not currently recruiting new volunteers.

Public Programs Volunteers

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The Public Programs Team will resume recruitment in 2019 for the following activities:

Current volunteer login


Interested in giving tours to USBG visitors? Join our docent team!
If you are interested in joining a 2019 Docent Training Class, please email Elizabeth Barton.

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


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

  • Saturday, January 26
  • Tuesday, January 29
  • Tuesday, February 19
  • Saturday, March 16
  • Tuesday, April 16
  • Saturday, May 18
  • Tuesday, June 11
  • Saturday, July 13
  • Tuesday, August 13
  • Saturday, September 14
  • Tuesday, October 15

Volunteers and staff with cutout of Lt. Charles Wilkes