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.
Check back in April for 2019 sign-ups!
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).
March for the Earth Volunteer Day –Sunday, March 31, 2019, 10am to 1pm
QBG welcomes helping hands to join us for a day of volunteering for March for the Earth. Volunteers will assist with weeding and mulching to beautify the gardens for our busy spring season. We will provide our volunteers with light refreshments, free garden admission, and a fun-filled day of hard work!
Tip: Afterward, join us for the QBG Community Volunteer & Internship Fair from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Meet friendly Queens Botanical Garden staff and local community partners to learn about current volunteer and internship opportunities. From 2 to 3:30pm, there will also be yoga and meditation mini sessions by Divya Jyoti Center (that is also recruiting for volunteers!) in the Visitor & Administration Building Auditorium.
Horticulture Volunteer Days – First Thursday of the month, April through June and September through November, 9am to 12pm.
Help keep QBG clean, green, and growing! Join our horticulture staff for an engaging, educational event where you will learn gardening basics while working hands-on with our plants. Make new friends and put your green thumb to good use in a variety of seasonal projects, including weeding, watering, pruning, planting, mulching, and more! Explore the beauty of QBG’s ever-changing scenery as our flowers bloom, trees grow, and community comes together.
Community Volunteer Days – Offered in May and September.
Roll up your sleeves and keep QBG clean, green and growing! Led by our horticulture staff, volunteers will participate in a variety of gardening activities. We will provide our volunteers with light refreshments, free garden admission, and a fun-filled day of hard work!
Long Term Internship and Volunteer Opportunities available with the Horticulture Department at QBG.
Applications for the Seasonal Horticulture Internship are now being accepted.
Applications for seasonal volunteer opportunities with our Herb, Urban Bee and Wedding Gardens are now being accepted.
Applications for internships with our Children’s Garden are now being accepted.
Applications for volunteer opportunities with our Children’s Garden are now being accepted.
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.
Spring Garden Events
QBG & NYRP Tree Giveaway – Saturday, April 13, 2019, 9:30am to 2pm
QBG and NYRP will give away 150 trees to NYC residents on Saturday, April 13. We need volunteers to help us distribute the young trees. Volunteers must be able to lift 20-30 lbs. Small groups welcome, but all volunteers must register individually.
Arbor Fest Prep – Saturday, April 27, 2019, 1pm to 5pm
To prepare for Arbor Fest, a fun-filled celebration of trees and the environment, we need volunteers to set up a day before the event. Volunteer responsibilities include, but are not limited to, setting up tables and chairs, cordoning off and staging activity areas, and putting up signs. Help make Arbor Fest a memorable occasion!
Arbor Fest – Sunday, April 28, 2019, 9:30am to 5:30pm
Arbor Fest is a fun-filled celebration of trees and the environment. It is one of Queens Botanical Garden’s largest community events of the year! We are looking for individuals to help. On the event day, we need volunteers to be greeters, head-counters, bounce house monitors, activity table and game assistants, and more! Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Arbor Fest Clean-Up – Monday, April 29, 2019, 9:30am to 12:30pm
Arbor Fest is fun-filled celebration of trees and the environment at QBG. The day after, Monday, April 29 from 9:30am to 12:30pm, we need volunteers to help clean up our beautiful oasis.
Daffodil Dash 4K Fun Run – 6 am to 10 am, and 8 am to 12:30 pm – Saturday, May 4, 2019
QBG is hosting a 4K run/walk in which participants can run, walk, or push a stroller while enjoying spring flowers! Small groups welcome but all volunteers must register individually. We are looking for volunteers to help!
We have two volunteer opportunities:
6am to 10am: We need volunteers to help with event set-up, participant registration, crowd control, route guidance (this role allows for individuals to sit in a chair), assist with Start Line, assist in Parking Garden, and to staff information tables.
8am to 12pm: We need volunteers to help set up post-race area, staff the craft and activity tables, hand out food and drinks, and break down the event.
Check back in March for more 2019 Sign-ups!
Applications for volunteer opportunities with our Garden Greeter Volunteer Program are now being accepted.
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].