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, December through June, 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 Bagging Volunteer Days

Available Dates: February 11, 17, 18; March 18, 23, 25; April 22, 23, 25; 9:30am – 12:30pm

Join the NYC Compost Project Staff prep for our compost giveaway events. Volunteers will support staff sift and bag finished compost, have great conversations, and learn about the QBG composting process. This is an outdoor event, please dress warmly, wear sunscreen, bring water or snacks, and dress comfortably. QBG staff will provide gloves. Tip: Great for groups up to 10 people.

Horticulture Community Volunteer Days

Available Dates: March 27, 10am-1pm (March for the Earth); April 1, May 5 & June 2, 9am-12pm (Trial Seasonal Volunteer Workdays); May 16 (Community Day), 10am-1pm.

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, watering, 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 individuals to register to help us set up, clean up, and run day of Public Programs and Festivals throughout the year. If you are interested in helping out at a program or festival, please email [email protected]. Volunteer placement may be limited based on event and not guaranteed, but we will always confirm prior to the event dates.

Available Dates: Sorry there are no Public Program volunteer opportunities at this time.


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


Eryn Hatzithomas, Coordinator of Volunteers

718.886-3800 x216 | [email protected]