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Volunteering at the Arboretum

volunteer groupThe 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.

To find out more information or to inquire about the next volunteer orientation contact the Volunteer Office by phone at (202) 245-4563 or email at  

Volunteer Groups

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
  3501 New York Avenue, NE
  Washington, DC 20002
  Tel: (202) 245-4563
  Fax: (202) 245-4575
  USNA Volunteer Coordinator

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