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. On average more than 13,000 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 receive orientation and training. Most positions entail a one-year commitment.
Volunteer Gardener Training now accepting volunteers!
Have you always wanted to garden, but didn't know where to start? Are you an avid gardener, but would like to learn new skills? If you answered yes, then the Volunteer Gardener Training is what you are looking for. Come join the team of volunteer gardeners at the U.S. National Arboretum!
Gardeners...for various collections at the Arboretum. The majority of volunteer work is conducted from March through December, although the many volunteers work year-round. Training is provided.
Tour Guides...are needed to give occasional tours during the months of mid-April through mid-October. Training is provided.
Docents...are needed to staff information tables during busy spring and fall weekends. Docents answer visitor questions and provide helpful recommendations to visitors. Training is provided.
Herbarium Volunteers...prepare herbarium specimens by affixing dried plant specimens and specimen labels to sheets of archival herbarium paper.
Plant/Lab Volunteer…is needed to help with genomic DNA isolation, PCR analysis, media prep, growing tissue culture plants, planting bulbs, and harvesting bulbs, and routine lab chores.
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 or please contact:
USNA Volunteer Coordinator
Last Updated November 5, 2013 8:07 AM
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