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Volunteering at the Arboretum

Seed CleaningThe 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.

A Spot for Everyone!

Over 18,000 hours a year and counting. That's how many hours volunteer contribute to the National Arboretum annually working in the gardens, collections, herbarium, archives, laboratories, at special events, and programs. Discover which opportunities fit your interest by attending an upcoming volunteer orientation. Current opportunities, trainings, volunteer requirements, benefits of volunteering, and more will be covered in the 90 minute orientation. The next volunteer orientation is on Friday, November 14th at 10am-11:30am. To register, please contact the volunteer office at 202-245-4563 or  

Current Openings

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.

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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