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 using the 'Apply Now' button. 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


Public Programs Volunteers

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The Public Programs Team is currently recruiting for the following activities:

Current volunteer login

Horticulture Volunteers

The Horticulture Team is currently recruiting for the following activities:


2018 Orientation Dates

  • Tuesday, January 16
  • Saturday, February 24
  • Tuesday, March 13
  • Saturday, April 14
  • Tuesday, May 8
  • Tuesday, June 12
  • Tuesday, July 17
  • Saturday, August 18
  • Thursday, September 20
  • Saturday, October 20


Interested in giving tours to USBG visitors? Join our docent team.
The next training will begin February 26, 2018. Please see position description below for additional details.

* Docents must complete volunteer badging and orientation
* Classes will meet Mondays from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
* Position Description (PDF)
* Contact Elizabeth Barton for application information

Volunteers and staff with cutout of Lt. Charles Wilkes