Help Keep QBG clean, green, and growing!

Please note: to support New York City’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), the Garden is TEMPORARILY CLOSED and all public events through May are canceled.

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, or supporting our education and administration departments—while gaining new experience and skills. We welcome individuals, community organizations, corporations, as well as high school and college groups. We offer a pleasant work environment, friendly mentors, flexible scheduling, and the opportunity to be part of a special 39-acre urban oasis.

Community Volunteer Days

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

These opportunities are for Individual Sign-Up Only.

Farm & Compost Volunteer Days (click here to register starting May 3rd)

Available Dates: 

Wednesdays: 9am to 12pm in June through October.

Join the NYC Compost Project to lend a hand at QBG’s urban farm or learn how composted food scraps nourish the soil. Find out how to foster a farm ecosystem and grow healthy crops. Tasks vary by event, and may include weeding, harvesting, planting activities, processing food scraps, building a compost pile, or sifting finished compost.

Horticulture Community Volunteer Days

Available Dates:

Wednesdays: 9am to 12pm on June 3, September 2 & 30, and November 4.

Weekends: 10am to 1pm on Sunday September 20.

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.

Long Term Intern & Volunteer Opportunities

Long Term Internship and Volunteer Opportunities available at QBG.

Children’s Garden Horticulture Volunteer

Children’s Garden Programs Intern

Forest Explorers Intern

Garden Guide Volunteer

Horticulture Seasonal Volunteer (Recommended to attend one of the community volunteer days as an introduction to the Garden and Staff. First Horticulture Community Volunteer Day is Wednesday, June 3rd, 9am-12pm)

Horticulture Herb Garden Volunteer (Select applications will be invited to participate in a trial volunteer work day in June)

Public Programs & Festivals

We welcome individuals and small groups up to 6 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.

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

Please join us back in the Fall for our Public Programming volunteer opportunities. 

Children’s Garden Family Day Volunteering – Saturday, March 21, 12-5pm (Canceled)

QBG & NYRP Tree Giveaway Volunteering – Saturday, April 18, 10am-1:30pm (Canceled- to be rescheduled in September)

Garden Wedding Showcase Volunteering – Saturday, April 25, 11am-5pm (Canceled)

Arbor Fest Prep Volunteering – Saturday, April 25, 1-5pm (Canceled)

Arbor Fest Event Day Volunteering – Sunday, April 26, 10am-6pm (Canceled)

Mother’s Day Brunch Volunteering – Sunday, May 10, 9am-3:30pm (Canceled)

Stay Up-To-Date

To stay up-to-date on new or upcoming volunteer opportunities, please CLICK HERE to complete a contact form. Completing this form does not guarantee volunteer placement, but will help us match you to the right opportunity.

Corporate Volunteer Opportunities

To arrange for a separate large, private, or corporate volunteer opportunity, please email [email protected].