Community Volunteer

Contribute as a Community Volunteer

Help Keep QBG clean, green, and growing!

Make a difference. Be part of someplace special by volunteering at QBG. Led by our knowledgeable staff, volunteers participate in a variety of activities—from seeding to weeding to composting, or supporting our public programming—while gaining new experience and meeting new people.

2022 Opportunities

Registration available approximately one month prior to each event. For more information or to register, click on the corresponding event title below.


Compost Build Volunteer Days

Dates: Various Mondays, year-round, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Join the NYC Compost Project staff on our epic compost build days! Volunteers will experience a large-scale compost operation and get firsthand experience building a compost windrow. Volunteers will help empty bins of food scraps, remove contaminates, chop whole foods, and assist to maintain a clean space, all while having great conversations and a fun time.

Register here: Compost Build Volunteer Days


Compost Beautification Volunteer Days

Dates: Various Thursdays, April through September, 1 to 3pm

Join the NYC Compost Project Staff to care for our compost demo site by weeding, mulching, planting, applying compost and gardening.

Register here: Compost Beautification Volunteer Days


Farm Volunteer Days

Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays, April through November, 9:30am to 12pm

Join our QBG Farm expert in preparing our raised farm beds for planting by weeding, raking, and mulching them. The produce is distributed to food pantries to support communities with food relief. Volunteers learn how to foster a farm ecosystem and grow healthy crops! QBG staff will provide gloves.

Register here: Farm Volunteer Days


Horticulture Community Volunteer Days

Dates: First Thursday of the Month and one weekend day per season, April through November, 9:30am to 12pm

Join our Horticulture staff for an engaging, educational event where you will learn gardening basics while working hands-on with our plants. Put your green thumb to good use in a variety of seasonal projects, including weeding, removing annuals, pruning, planting, mulching, and more! Tip: This is a recommended event to attend if you are also interested in becoming a Horticulture seasonal volunteer.

Register here: Horticulture Community Volunteer Days


Student & Service Group Opportunities 

We welcome student and community service groups to register to help us with special volunteer event opportunities. Please submit an inquiry form or email [email protected] for more information


Movie Night Volunteer Days

Dates: Spring and Summer weekend nights, June 3, 18, July 1, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6 & 19,  5:30pm – 9:30pm

We are looking for groups up to six (6) people to support our Movie Nights series, which turns the urban oasis in Flushing into an outdoor cinema! Volunteers assist visitors in navigating the Garden, work at craft tables, food service, store kiosk, and more. Snack will be provided.

Register here: Movie Night Volunteer Days


Apples & Honey Day

Dates: Sunday, September 11, 11am to 4:30pm

We are looking for groups up to ten (10) people to support our Apples & Honey festival day at the Garden. Volunteers will assist visitors greeting and assisting visitors with activities. Lunch will be provided.

Register here: Apples & Honey Volunteer Day


Long-Term Volunteer Opportunities

Please visit our Employment Opportunities Page for details on long-term internship and volunteer opportunities at the Garden.


Eryn Hatzithomas, Community Engagement Manager

718.886-3800 x216 | [email protected]g