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.

  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. Community science is the use of enthusiastic volunteers to collect data and generate results. At NYBG, community science volunteers are part of several ongoing research, data collection, and Herbarium transcription and digitization projects critical to The New York Botanical Garden’s mission.

    Learn more about Community Science.

  3. Assist various departments with basic administrative clerical duties and program preparation.

  4. 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 3.5 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.

  5. Volunteers are needed year-round in the Herbarium to help NYBG scientists document the biodiversity of our planet! Indoor activities involve handling, organizing and photographing historic plant specimens from our archive. On-site volunteer positions are available Monday–Friday in the mornings (9 a.m.–12 p.m.) and afternoons (1 p.m.–4 p.m.). Volunteers can also participate remotely to our online community science expeditions! No previous experience is required.

    For more information, visit the Herbarium Volunteering homepage.

  6. 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.

  7. Work alongside the Garden’s staff to assist with maintaining our landmarked 250 acres of gardens and grounds. Volunteers weed, mulch, groom plants, and perform other maintenance tasks as directed by supervising horticulturists. Open opportunities are on weekdays only. Basic knowledge of garden maintenance is required.

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

  9. 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.


  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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