Volunteer

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, 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.

Unless otherwise specified, the opportunities listed are for INDIVIDUAL SIGN-UP ONLY.

FARM & COMPOST

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

Farm & Compost Volunteer Days – May through October. Every Wednesday and the last Saturday of each month.

CLICK HERE to sign up!

HORTICULTURE

Registration available approximately one month before each event. For more information or to register, click on the corresponding event on the right (or below if viewing on a mobile device).

Horticulture Volunteer Days – First Thursday of the month, April through June and September through November.

CLICK HERE to sign up!

Fall Community Volunteer Day – Sunday, November 4, 10am to 1pm

Roll up your sleeves and keep QBG clean and green! Led by QBG staff, volunteers will participate in a variety of gardening activities. Refreshments will be served.

CLICK HERE to sign up!

Horticulture Internships

Applications for internships with our Wedding, Bee, and Herb Gardens will be accepted starting in March, and for our Summer Container Irrigation internship in mid-June. CLICK HERE for detailed description and application instructions. 

PUBLIC PROGRAMS & FESTIVALS

We welcome individuals and small groups 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.

Art Bus Project – Saturday, September 22, 12 to 4pm

We are hosting a fun day of art at Queens Botanical Garden that features family-friendly botanically themed arts and crafts activities. We need volunteers to help staff the craft and activity tables and work with kids, families, and other Garden visitors as they participate.

CLICK HERE to sign up!

Pumpkin Patch Set-Up – Wednesday, October 3 and Thursday, October 4, 1pm to 5pm

To prepare for the QBG Pumpkin Patch we need volunteers to help set up the week before the first event day. We will we need volunteers help set up decorations, build scarecrows, arrange pumpkins, and put up signage.

CLICK HERE to sign up!

Pumpkin Patch Event Days – Multiple Dates Saturday, October 6 through Sunday, October 28, 10am to 2pm and 2pm to 6pm

The QBG Pumpkin Patch will welcome thousands of people from Queens and beyond to have the quintessential fall experience every weekend in October and on Columbus Day. On each event day, we need volunteers to help at two sessions: 10am to 2pm and 2pm to 6pm to help run this fall-lover’s delight. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, setting up and replenishing pumpkins, crowd control, litter pick-up, and resetting for the next day.

CLICK HERE to sign up!

Pumpkin Patch Break-Down – Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2, 10am to 2pm

On November 1 and 2 from 10am to 2pm, we need volunteers to help break down QBG’s Pumpkin Patch, where thousands of people from Queens and beyond got the quintessential fall experience throughout October. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, breaking down fencing and décor, collecting remaining pumpkins, and removing hay bales.

CLICK HERE to sign up!

Harvest Fest Prep – Saturday, October 13, 1 to 4pm

To prepare for Harvest Fest, a fun-filled day for the whole family, we need volunteers to help set up a day before the event day. On Saturday, October 13, from 1 to 5pm, volunteer responsibilities include, but are not limited to, setting up tables, chairs, cordoning off and staging activity areas, and putting up signs.

CLICK HERE to sign up!

Harvest Fest Event Day – Sunday, October 14, 10am to 6pm

Harvest Fest is QBG’s largest festival of the year! We’ll have live music, old-fashioned games, nature and garden walks, garden demonstrations, craft and food vendors, beer tent, and the ever-popular Pumpkin Patch! We need volunteers help with crowd control, assisting vendor and craft tables, welcoming, directing, and surveying guests, and more. Breakfast and lunch will be provided!

CLICK HERE to sign up!

Harvest Clean-Up – Monday, October 15, 9am to 12pm

Harvest Fest is our largest festival with lots of fun events for the whole family. Afterwards, on Monday, October 15, from 9am to 12pm, we need volunteers to help clean up our beautiful oasis.

CLICK HERE to sign up!

Urban Advantage Family Science Day – Sunday, October 21, 10am to 3pm

Urban Advantage Family Science Day will be a fun-filled day for families. We will be hosting a wide variety of activities for families with elementary and middle school students as they explore our 39 acres. Participants engage in fun science activities, including creating a “pizza garden,” gardening with herbs and spices, making herbal scents to take home, exploring compost critters, and much more. We need volunteers from 10am to 3pm to assist in leading the activities, ushering, and providing directions to guests of the event. Lunch will be provided!

CLICK HERE to sign up!

Halloween at the Garden Prep – Saturday, October 27, 1 to 5pm

On Saturday, October 27, from 1 to 5pm, we need volunteers help set up the day before Halloween at the Garden, a fun-filled day for the whole family. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, setting up tables, chairs, cordoning off and staging activity areas, and putting up signs. Help make Halloween at the Garden a memorable occasion!

CLICK HERE to sign up!

Halloween at the Garden Event Day – Sunday, October 28, 11am to 5pm

At Halloween at the Garden, guests can make a seasonal botanical craft, see a magic show, and meet and take pictures with Flora, QBG’s friendly mascot! From 11am to 5pm, we need volunteers to help staff the craft and activity tables, guide people along the trick or treat trail, and staff candy stations. Come help make Halloween at the Garden memorable! Volunteers are encouraged to get in the spirit and dress in costume! (Please be mindful that children attending this event are generally under the age of 10 and this is a family-friendly event.)

CLICK HERE to sign up!

SPECIAL EVENT RENTALS

Applications are currently being accepted for Special Events Interns to support wedding and special event rentals. CLICK HERE for detailed description and application instructions.

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.

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