Opportunities at the U.S. Botanic Garden (Jobs, Internships, and Volunteer)

Employment Opportunities


Job openings can be researched online at the Architect of the Capitol website. Positions are listed under the Architect of the Capitol, the administering agency for the U.S. Botanic Garden.

Internship Opportunities

Various internship opportunities exist for high school college students, in departments ranging from Horticulture to Public Programs (museum management, programming, education, communications). Contact usbg@aoc.gov with inquiries about additional internship opportunities.

  • National Garden intern, 10-week summer internship administered by National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden
    Applications due by February 1, 2017
    In this 10-week summer position the intern learns how to prepare and run 16 different hands on plant science modules through our HOPS (Hands On Plants Science) program. The National Garden Intern works closely with U.S. Botanic Garden staff to facilitate the running of HOPS, bringing vital educational opportunities to DC's youth. The candidate must be at least a rising college junior to apply for this position.
  • USBG internship through Architect of the Capitol, summer intership
    Application not yet posted
    Description: Application will be posted to www.USAjobs.gov

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the United States Botanic Garden! Please see below for a current listing of all volunteer recruitment notices. Please check back periodically as volunteer opportunities are posted based on the seasonal needs of the Garden.

Basic volunteer requirements:

  • Background check
  • Fingerprinting
  • Minimum service hour commitment based on volunteer position requirements
  • Mandatory volunteer orientation (see 2016 dates at right)

USBG Volunteer Program Frequently Asked Questions

Horticulture Volunteers

Children's Garden Volunteer:

Public Programs Volunteers

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

Children's Garden Volunteer:

Discovery Carts Volunteer:

Docent Volunteer:

  • See right sidebar to learn more about this opportunity
  • Contact Maura Nelson for application information

Festival Volunteer:

Hands On Plant Science Activities Volunteer:

Visitor Information Services Volunteer: