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Volunteer at QBG

Help Keep QBG Clean, Green, and Growing!

Be a part of someplace special by volunteering at Queens Botanical Garden.  Led by our knowledgeable staff, volunteers can participate in a variety of activities: hands-on planting and weeding, supporting our educational programs, turning compost on the farm, working our special events, or helping out in our reception desk.  We welcome all individuals to come and learn a new skill and help keep our garden looking beautiful. We offer a pleasant work environment, friendly coworkers, and the opportunity to be a part of our special 39-acre urban oasis.

Ways to Volunteer

Community Volunteer Days
We welcome small groups, individuals, and families to tackle big outdoor projects at QBG’s Community Volunteer Days. Held at various times throughout the year, these days are an opportunity to work as a team to keep our garden looking beautiful. From mulching flower beds, to weed removal, planting bulbs, and raking leaves, this is a chance to bring a friend, get your hands dirty, and give back to your local botanical garden. Pre-registration required. 

Farm + Compost Volunteer Days (including Sifting Saturdays)
Join the NYC Compost Project team to learn how composted food scraps nourish the soil to grow healthy food in NYC. Tasks vary by event, but may include composting, sifting, weeding, harvesting, or planting activities. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Click to sign up.

Horticulture Volunteer Days
Held monthly through most of the year, each Horticulture Volunteer Day is an opportunity to learn specialty skills while working right alongside our seasoned gardeners. Activities change depending on the time of year and might include anything from pruning roses and weeding flower beds to planting fall bulbs and preparing the garden for winter. Come join us to refine your skills or learn something new! Space is limited and pre-registration required  Sign-up opens one month prior to each Volunteer Day. Click here to sign up.

  • April 6, 1 to 4pm
  • May 4, 1 to 4pm
  • June 1, 9 to 12pm
  • September 7, 9-12pm
  • October 5, 1 to 4pm
  • November 2, 1 to 4pm

Stay Up-To-Date
To stay up-to-date on
new or upcoming volunteer opportunities, please complete this form. Completing this form does not guarantee volunteer placement, but will help us match you to the right opportunity.

For all other inquiries, email

Other Opportunities
We are continually looking for volunteers to help keep QBG green and growing.  Whether it’s taking tickets during our annual Harvest Festival, helping in our Children’s Garden, or greeting visitors at the Garden, there is something for everyone! Please check below for current opportunities. The link will prompt a PDF of the position description.

  • City Service Corps 2016-2017 (Stipend)
  • Farm and Compost Internship
  • Children's Garden Horticulture Internship
  • Children's Garden Intern
  • Seasonal Tree Inventory Internship (Paid)
  • Forest Explorers Intern

For information on internship opportunities, please click here.


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