People enjoying the daffodils and pink magnolia and crabapples

Volunteer Opportunities

Exciting volunteer opportunities exist in virtually every area of the Garden. Learn more about each area by exploring the sections below.

Additionally, volunteer internships may be created in these areas as well as other NYBG departments for interested students enrolled in certificate, diploma, or degree programs. Please email to inquire about availability.

  1. 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.

    Learn More about Bronx Green-Up.

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

  3. The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden is a 12-acre indoor/outdoor museum where children discover plant science through fun, hands on, and engaging educational programs. Volunteers support curriculum-based school programs that encourage the exploration and investigation of science. Previous teaching experience is a plus but not necessary. Weekly shifts are usually 4.5 hours. A training period plus seasonal refresher training sessions will be provided. Because of the nature of this volunteer opportunity, a background check will be required.

  4. Greet visitors and provide helpful information regarding directions, exhibitions, and tours, and answer other frequently asked on-site questions. Requirements include 5 hours per week of volunteer service and excellent public speaking skills. Training will be provided by knowledgeable Garden staff.

     

  5. Middle or high school students age 14–17 are eligible.

    The Garden’s High School Explainer Program offers a great opportunity to make new friends, learn about plants, develop new skills, and receive personal mentoring and hands-on training. In return, you volunteer your time in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden to help facilitate programs and offer assistance to visitors of this world-class institution. This volunteer program will not only provide you with a fun new experience today, but will continue to open many doors for you in the future, as you learn and apply all what the Garden can teach you.

    Please click here for more information and application procedures.

     

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

     

  9. Laboratory and other research opportunities may be available. Botany or plant science experience is required. Learn more about the Plant Research & Conservation programs, and if interested, please click here to download the volunteer application and include your program of interest.

  10. Help our visitors attending our public programs and special events by providing program details, and helpful information regarding NYBG wayfinding, exhibitions, tours, and other frequently asked on-site questions.

  11. 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.

  12. 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 opportunity of interest. Opportunities are dependent on the needs of NYBG and may not be available at all times. 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.