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? Come to our Open House to find out!

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.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Maura Nelson, USBG Volunteer Coordinator, at 202-226-1047 or email her at

Check out the USBG Volunteer Program Frequently Asked Questions


Contact Maura Nelson for application information for all volunteer opportunities. All new volunteers must attend one mandatory volunteer orientation after being selected following USBG application submission and onsite meeting, while badging paperwork is processing. See upcoming orientation dates below.

Public Programs Volunteers

The Public Programs Division is currently recruiting volunteers for the following activities.

Current volunteer login


2017 Orientation Dates

Tuesday, March 21
Saturday, April 8
Tuesday, May 16
Tuesday, June 13
Saturday, July 15
Tuesday, August 15
Sunday, September 9
Tuesday, October 17


Interested in giving tours to USBG visitors? Join our docent team. The next training will be in fall 2017.

* New docents must have completed new volunteer badging process
* Classes will meet Mondays from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm
* Position Description (PDF)
* Contact Maura Nelson for application information

Volunteers and staff with cutout of Lt. Charles Wilkes