Volunteer Opportunities

Exciting volunteer opportunities exist in virtually every area of the Garden. No experience is necessary for most positions, and training will be provided.

Examples of volunteer opportunities include:

Citizen Scientist

Will collect data critical to our understanding of the impact of climate change on plants. Participants will be trained by experts on various aspects of plant biology and ecology, data collection and input, and how science is applied to complex problem-solving. The time commitment is one to two hours per week in the spring and fall for at least one to two years.

Horticulture

Work alongside the Garden's world class horticulture staff. Opportunities are available in the Forest, Rock, Rose, or Perennial Garden, Glasshouses, Home Gardening Center, or other specialty gardens. Opportunities are also available in our Plant Records Department. A minimum of 3-4 hours per week of volunteer service is required as well as basic knowledge of garden maintenance. Training will be provided by the supervising horticulturist.

Garden Greeter

Greet visitors and provide helpful information regarding directions, exhibitions, and tours, and answer other frequently asked on-site questions. Requirements include 3-4 hours per week of volunteer service and excellent public speaking skills. Training will be provided by knowledgeable Garden staff.

Everett Children's Adventure Garden

The Everett Children's Adventure Garden is a unique, 12-acre indoor/outdoor museum where children discover plant science through fun, hands on, and engaging educational programs. Volunteer Explainers teach children about the wonderful world of plants and the environment. Previous teaching experience is a plus but not necessary. A minimum of one 5 hour shift per week is required. An intensive 25 hour training session plus monthly refresher sessions will be provided. Because of the nature of this volunteer opportunity, a background check will be required.

Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden

Introduce families and children to gardening and the natural environment. This 1.5 acre garden is made up of playful topiaries, a pond teeming with life, a flourishing meadow, and individual garden plots. Basic knowledge of gardening maintenance and previous teaching experience is a plus but not necessary. A minimum of one morning/afternoon shift is required for this opportunity. Training will be provided. Because of the nature of this volunteer opportunity, a background check will be required.

Research

Assist our world-renowned researchers with the organization and digitization of collected specimens. A botany or plant science background is required as well as at least 5 hours of volunteer service per week.

LuEsther T. Mertz Library

Assist the staff in maintaining the collection of 250,000 volumes of books, journals, and other publications. Previous library experience preferred.

Shop in the Garden

Assist the Garden's retail team with customer service and merchandizing. Shifts are available Tuesdays through Sundays. Excellent public speaking and organizational skills are required. Training will be provided.

Bronx Green-Up

Help with the care and maintenance of community gardens throughout the Bronx as well as with Bronx Green-Up community events. Basic gardening knowledge is required. This volunteer opportunity is off-site. Additional training will be provided.

Plant Information Service

Respond to telephone, email, and in-person inquiries. Some gardening experience and basic knowledge of horticulture and/or training and work experience in related fields, i.e. landscape design, horticulture, plant pathology, entomology, etc., as well as excellent writing, research, and computer skills are required. Volunteers will be trained by the Plant Information Specialists who will share their extensive knowledge of all aspects of horticulture and landscape design. A minimum of 5-8 hours per week is required.

Special Events

Assist in the preparation and staffing of special events and benefits. Training will be provided.

Clerical

Assist various departments with basic administrative clerical duties. Training will be provided.

Other Opportunities

Visitor Information opportunities are always available for all of our exhibitions including The Holiday Train Show, Orchid Show, and other upcoming exhibitions. Please inquire about these opportunities.

Corporate programs are available for groups of 10 to 70. Please call 718.817.8850 for more information.

For consideration regarding any of the above volunteer opportunities, a completed volunteer application is required. All applications will be reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted for an interview according to their qualifications, interests and availability for the position of interest. Please click here to download the volunteer application or for more information, contact the Volunteer Services Department at 718.817.8765 or via e-mail.