Become a U.S. Botanic Garden Volunteer!

Volunteer Todd Brethauer shares a voodoo lily with a visitorU.S. Botanic Garden volunteers have a common sense of purpose in identifying with the Garden's mission of demonstrating the aesthetic, cultural, ecological, economic, and therapeutic importance of plants to humankind. Have you ever wondered how you could be part of the experience?

Volunteers are professionals, hobbyists, retirees, or employed full-time. Volunteers must be 18 years of age. Through their time at the Garden, volunteers develop new skills, explore their personal interests, and make significant contributions that enable the Garden to fulfill its mission. Volunteering is a great way to meet others and connect with the community. Please note that there is no volunteer parking available at the Garden. We recommend public transit for volunteers.

To learn more about volunteering at the U.S. Botanic Garden, please review our Volunteer Program Frequently Asked Questions and current volunteer opportunities listed below. If you are interested in volunteering, please submit an application. You may contact Elizabeth Barton, USBG Volunteer Coordinator, with any questions by phone (202-226-8066) or email (

Check out the USBG Volunteer Program Frequently Asked Questions


Horticulture Volunteers

The Horticulture Team is not currently recruiting volunteers.

Public Programs Volunteers

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The Public Programs Team is recruiting for Front Desk Garden Ambassadors for the following times:

  • Tuesday afternoons
  • Alternate Wednesday afternoons
  • Thursday afternoons
  • Friday mornings and afternoons

We will resume accepting applications for Discovery Cart Volunteers in August 2019.


Our current recruitment period for docents has ended. Please check back in Fall 2019.

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Interested in giving tours to USBG visitors? Join our docent team!

* Docents must complete volunteer badging and orientation
* Position Description (PDF)


All new volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation session and a general accessibility training. 2019 orientation dates are:

  • Saturday, July 13 (FULL)
  • Tuesday, August 13
  • Saturday, September 14
  • Tuesday, October 15

Volunteers and staff with cutout of Lt. Charles Wilkes