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.
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, 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 – Sunday, September 22, 10am to 1pm.
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.
Check back in early 2020 for Horticulture Internship opportunities!
Applications for seasonal volunteer opportunities with our Horticulture Department are now being accepted.
Long Term Internship and Volunteer Opportunities available with the Children’s Garden Department at QBG.
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.
Apples & Honey Volunteer Day – Sunday, September 22, 11am to 6pm
Celebrate harvest season with apples and honey! We will have lots of craft activities, live music, and a bar.
We have two volunteer opportunities on event day:
11am to 5pm: We need volunteers to help staff the craft and activity tables and work with kids, families, and other garden visitors to do the activities and to staff information tables.
2pm to 6pm: We need volunteers to help staff our Happy Hour bar. Volunteers will assist customers as they order beverages and snacks.
Pumpkin Patch Set-Up – Wednesday, October 9 and Thursday, October 10, 2:30 to 5pm
The QBG Pumpkin Patch will welcome thousands of people from Queens and beyond to have the quintessential fall experience on Columbus Day weekend. Patch activities include harvest-themed photo opportunities, pumpkin decorating, crafts, and botanical demonstrations. We need volunteers help set up for this fall-lover’s delight. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, setting up decorations, arranging pumpkins, and putting up signage.
Pumpkin Patch Event Days – Saturday, October 12 through Monday, October 14 (Columbus Day), 10am to 5:30pm
The QBG Pumpkin Patch will welcome thousands of people from Queens and beyond to have the quintessential fall experience on Columbus Day weekend. Patch activities include harvest-themed photo opportunities, pumpkin decorating, crafts, and botanical demonstrations. On each event day, we need volunteers 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. Lunch will be provided.
Harvest Fest Set-Up – Saturday, October 12, 1 to 5 pm
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. Volunteer responsibilities include, but are not limited to, setting up tables, chairs, cordoning off and staging activity areas, and putting up signs. Help make Harvest Fest a memorable occasion!
Harvest Fest Event Day – Sunday, October 13, 10am to 6pm
Harvest Fest is Queens Botanical Garden’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.
Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch Break-Down – Tuesday, October 15 and Wednesday, October 16, 2:30 to 5pm
Harvest Fest and the QBG Pumpkin Patch will welcome thousands of people from Queens and beyond to have the quintessential fall experience over Columbus Day weekend. The week after, we need volunteers to help clean up our beautiful oasis and to help break down QBG’s Pumpkin Patch. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, picking up litter, breaking down fencing and décor, collecting remaining pumpkins, and removing hay bales.
Urban Advantage Family Science Day Volunteering at QBG – Sunday, October 20, 12pm to 5pm
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 to assist in leading the activities, ushering, and providing directions to guests of the event. Lunch will be provided!
Halloween at the Garden Set-Up – Saturday, October 26, 1 to 5pm
To prepare for Halloween at the Garden, a fun-filled day for the whole family, we need volunteers to help set up a day before the event day. Volunteer 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!
Halloween at the Garden Event Day – Sunday, October 27, 11am to 5:30pm
At Halloween in the Garden, guests can make a seasonal botanical craft, see a magic show, and meet and take pictures with Flora, QBG’s friendly mascot! We need volunteers to help staff the craft and activity tables, assist with photo booth, guide people along the trick or treat trail, and staff candy stations. Come help make Halloween in 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.)
Applications for volunteer opportunities with our Garden Greeter Volunteer Program are now being accepted.
Applications for volunteer opportunities with our Development & Membership team 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].