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.

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 April 6th)

Available Dates: 

Wednesdays: 9am to 12pm in May 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 Volunteer Days (click here to register starting March 1st)

Available Dates:

Wednesdays: 9am to 12pm on April 1, May 6, June 3, September 2 & 30, and November 4.

Weekends: 10am to 1pm on Saturday May 16 and 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 community volunteer day will be Wednesday, April 1st, 9am to 12pm)

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.

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

At Children’s Garden Family Day, families will have the opportunity to get their hands dirty with planting activities and garden crafts. We need volunteers to help greet and direct guests, assist with the scavenger hunt, and to assist with craft and demo tables.

QBG & NYRP Tree Giveaway Volunteering – Saturday, April 18, 10am-1:30pm

QBG and the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) will give away trees to NYC residents this spring. We need volunteers to help us distribute the young trees. Volunteers must be able to lift 20-30 lbs.

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

At our Garden Wedding Showcase, guests will have a chance to meet the Garden’s friendly event staff, enjoy delicious tastings prepared by our fantastic preferred caterers and get an exclusive look at the Wedding Garden. We need volunteers to help greet and direct guests.

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

To prepare for Arbor Fest, 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.

Arbor Fest Event Day Volunteering – Sunday, April 26, 10am-6pm (shorter shifts also available)

Greener than ever, this year’s Arbor Fest event will spotlight all things branches, blooms, and bugs! On the event day, we need volunteers to be gate greeters and grounds monitors, interactive activity assistants, craft and demo table assistants, bar and trivia assistants and more. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Small groups up to 6 are welcome to register- group leaders should select the shift (10am-3pm OR 2pm-6pm) and activity you prefer from the menu. Make sure to add enough tickets to your registration to accommodate your group.  Individual volunteers should sign up for “all day general volunteer” timeslot.

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

 Our Mother’s Day Brunch is a wonderful event where moms are treated to a delicious farm-to-table brunch. On the event day we need volunteers to be greeters and ushers for the brunch and for photos with Mom.

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].