Volunteer

Volunteer at BBG
A BBG volunteer mulches a pansy bed in the Osborne Garden.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Volunteers contribute many hours in almost every department throughout the Garden. New volunteers are interviewed and placed according to the Garden's needs. As these needs change, other opportunities for volunteering can become available. Please review the list of Volunteer Opportunities to determine your areas of interest, and then fill out our Online Application Form.

If you have questions about the volunteer program at the Garden, please contact Lou Cesario, Director of Visitor Services and Volunteers at 718-623-7260 or [email protected]. For inquiries related to corporate volunteer groups, please contact Elsbeth Pancrazi, Institutional Funding Manager at 718-623-7226 or [email protected].

Administration–Office Work

Can assist staff with mailings, updating supply lists, assembling and cataloging class supplies; some phone follow up work, online database name entry, and clip filings, and other administrative office work in Continuing Education, Communications, or Development. Some computer skills preferred. (Monday–Friday; 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)

Children’s Garden and Education Greenhouse

Assist Education staff with garden maintenance in the Children’s Garden and education greenhouse year-round. Hands-on horticulture projects may include planting, transplanting, watering, weeding, and other garden tasks.
(Mondays and summer Saturdays, June–August)

Corporate Groups

Corporate groups have the opportunity to volunteer at the Garden through our Corporate Membership Program. Volunteering at BBG is a great team building exercise for your employees and helps us keep the Garden beautiful. Not a Corporate Member? Visit Corporate Partnership.

Discovery Garden Docents

Are you a nature lover who enjoys engaging with children? Docents lead discovery activities for visitors of all ages in our new Discovery Garden, a one-acre space for children to explore plants and ecosystems through hands-on play and scientific investigations.

All you need is an interest in nature, a willingness to grow and learn, and a friendly team attitude. Join an enthusiastic group of young adults, seniors, career changers, and students who are passionate about sharing their enthusiasm about nature with the community. Docents are asked to attend a one-day training session in our inquiry-based educational approach and commit to one three-hour shift at the same time each week for the duration of a season.
(Tuesday–Sunday mornings and afternoons, spring–fall)

Garden Guides

Lead tours and assist in classroom workshops for thousands of school children each year; lead registered adult tour groups. Or lead our free public tours each weekend and help plan our special theme focused tours. This position requires extensive training, please visit the Garden Guide webpage for more information.

Gardener Resource Center

Research inquiries and correspondence to provide home gardeners with basic information as well as answers to specific and seasonal questions. Some horticulture experience and research ability is ideal. Plant and pest ID helpful.
(Tuesday–Saturday; 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.)

Horticulture

Assist the gardeners by pruning, planting, raking, mulching, watering, and weeding. Work with the gardeners to help maintain and further the Garden's beauty.
(Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays only when openings available; 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.)

Library

Assist in the cataloging and filing of all books and periodicals. Work on special projects as they are needed and provide visitors with assistance in locating information.
(Monday–Friday; 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)

Membership

In the spring engage Garden visitors, promote and sell memberships at membership onsite sales tables. Throughout the year assist with membership administration, events coordination and benefits fulfillment.
(Monday–Friday; some weekends; hours vary)

Special Events

Assist with public events at the Garden by staffing information tables, working behind the scenes with the performers, assist in crowd movement, hand out programs and support materials, and fill in wherever needed.
(Saturdays or Sundays; between 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.)

Visitor Center

Welcome our visitors to the Visitor Center, help by giving directions, answering questions about the Garden, selling Memberships and Frequent Visitor passes, stocking brochures and maps. This position requires one day of training.
(Tuesday–Sunday; 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.)

Weekday Assistance–Physical Help

Assist with special projects and seasonal activities including: Plant Sale in spring, Signature Plant shipping, gift bag assembly, window box pick ups, etc.
(Monday–Friday; 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; depending on project/activity hours vary and some weekends might be included)

If you are interested in volunteering at the Garden, please download BBG Volunteer Application Form (PDF) and fill it out. You can scan and email the completed form to Lou Cesario, Director of Visitor Services and Volunteers, at [email protected]. You can also mail the completed form to BBG:

Attn: Lou Cesario
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11225

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10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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