The National Arboretum has over 150 volunteers, many of whom have been with us over 15 years. Volunteers play an integral role in Arboretum programs and assist in almost every area and endeavor, performing jobs ranging from gardening to education and research support. Volunteers work in the gardens, laboratories, research fields, herbarium, and with the historical collections. Volunteers also help staff the front desk, lead tours, and assist with special events. On average more than 15,000 hours of volunteer service are provided each year!
Many volunteers contribute their time and talent on weekdays, although there are some weekend positions available. We ask most of our volunteers to contribute a minimum of 4 hours weekly. Volunteers begin by attending an orientation to learn about the volunteer requirements, opportunities, and benefits. Arboretum staff provide volunteers with training as needed. Most positions entail a one-year commitment.
Is your group seeking a one-day volunteer opportunity?
The U.S. National Arboretum welcomes groups of various sizes to volunteer on the grounds and in the gardens. Volunteer groups assist with invasive species removal, weeding, mulching, and litter pick up. Group projects vary depending upon the season. Workdays are scheduled for a minimum of 3 hours to a maximum of 6 hours. Contact the volunteer coordinator for more information about scheduling a group volunteer workday.
If you are interested in finding out more about any of the above volunteer opportunities, click here for a fillable application. The next volunteer orientation will take place on October 15, 2015 from 10am – 11:30am and will be followed by an optional driving tour of the grounds. To register or to find out more information please contact the Volunteer Office via the contact info below
USNA Volunteer Coordinator
Last Updated October 1, 2015 2:35 PM
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