Community Volunteer

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.


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

Available Dates: Mondays, year-round, 9:30am – 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.

Compost Beautification Volunteer Days

Available Dates: Wednesdays, May through October, 2 – 4:30pm

Join the NYC Compost Project Staff to care for our compost demo site by weeding, mulching, planting, applying compost and gardening. This is an outdoor event, please dress for the weather, wear sunscreen, bring water or snacks, and dress comfortably. QBG staff will provide gloves.

Horticulture Community Volunteer Days

Available Dates: Wednesday,  September 29, 9am – 12pm; Sunday, October 24, 10am – 12pm; Wednesday, November 3, 9am – 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.


We welcome student and community service groups up to 15 people to register to help us with special volunteer event opportunities.

Pumpkin Patch Bar Volunteer Days

Available Dates: Saturdays and Sundays October 16th through 31st, 11am-5pm

The QBG Pumpkin Patch is the quintessential fall experience. On each event day, we need volunteers to help run this fall-lover’s delight. We are looking for small groups of 4 volunteers to assist visitors of the Patch and to help with the bar. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Lunch will be provided.


We welcome individuals to register to help us set up, clean up, and run day of Public Programs and Festivals throughout the year.

Movie Night at the Garden Volunteer Events

Available Dates: September 10, 24, October 3, 8, 16, 22 & 30, 7 – 11pm.

Join our Movie Nights at the Garden series! Experience big screen magic with a movie and a beautiful backdrop of golden hour in the evening. On each movie night, we need volunteers to staff information tables and assist visitors, assist with crafts activities, help in the store kiosk and more!

Halloween at the Garden Volunteer Event

Available Date: Sunday October 31st, 10:30am-5pm (FULL)

Halloween at the Garden is a fun-filled day for the whole family! We are looking for individuals or small groups to help at Halloween at the Garden from 10:30am-5pm. We need volunteers to staff and assist visitors at information tables, craft tables, guide people along the trick or treat trail, staff candy stations, and more! Lunch will be provided.


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]