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 (

Check out the USBG Volunteer Program Frequently Asked Questions


We have completed our volunteer recruitment for 2019 . Please feel free to submit an application for review in January 2020!

Horticulture Volunteers

The Horticulture Team is not currently recruiting volunteers.

Public Programs Volunteers

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Beginning in January 2020, the Public Programs team will be 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.

  • Saturday, October 19, 9 AM to 11 AM
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2 PM to 4 PM
  • Sunday, October 27, 10 AM to 12 PM


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

Current volunteer login

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

* 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:

  • Tuesday, October 15

2020 orientation dates:

  • Tuesday, February 25
  • Saturday, February 29
  • Tuesday, April 21
  • Saturday, April 25
  • Tuesday, June 9
  • Saturday, June 13
  • Tuesday, August 25
  • Saturday, August 29
  • Tuesday, October 20
  • Saturday, October 24