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Current Volunteer Activities

Garden Ambassador (Conservatory)

Garden Ambassadors welcome visitors, provide wayfinding assistance, and direct visitors to daily and seasonal happenings at the U.S. Botanic Garden. This assignment is stationed at the USBG Conservatory, within the welcoming areas of the Terrace, Lobby, Garden Court, and information desk (please note that no parking is available)

Note: The next set of trial shifts for prospective Garden Ambassadors are in May 2023. 

  • Dates TBD

Time Commitment: at least two shifts per month

  • 2-hour shifts, volunteer may sign up for more than one shift in a day
    • Morning, 9:45 a.m.- 12 p.m.
    • Midday, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Afternoon, 2 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • Weekday and weekend shifts available
  • Recurring weekly schedule is preferred, but we welcome intermittent volunteering as well

Qualifications:

  • Interest in serving visitors
  • Comfort interacting with a variety of audiences
  • Ability to be courteous, respectful, and patient with visitors
  • Good oral communication skills
  • Cooperative nature, including the ability to accept instruction and correction
  • Ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances
  • Professional manner and appearance, including USBG uniform

Training Provided:

  • Introduction to role and responsibilities (approximately 1 hour)
  • Onsite walk-through and Q&A session

Discovery Cart Facilitator (Conservatory)

Discovery Cart Facilitators engage with fun plant science topics in ways that spark curiosity and connect visitors to our collections. This position is stationed at the Conservatory (100 Maryland Ave SW, Note: Parking is not available).

Note: Trial shifts for prospective Discovery Cart Facilitators will be available in May 2023.

  • Dates TBD

Time Commitment: at least 2 shifts per month

  • 2-hour shifts, volunteer may sign up for more than one shift in a day
    • Morning, 9:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.
    • Afternoon, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Weekday and weekend shifts available

Training Provided:

  • Online training: Intro to Discovery Carts
  • 2-hr onsite training: Seasonal USBG Discovery Cart Training
  • Access to specialized continuing education and shadowing opportunities (optional)

General Volunteering (Episodic)

Episodic volunteers serve in a wide variety of roles at the Garden on an intermittent or short-term basis. They support all teams at the Garden with activities including:

  • Festivals
  • Public programs
  • Gardens & Grounds horticulture projects
  • Exhibit install

Time Commitment: Between 2 and 6 shifts per year

Training Provided: All volunteers complete an online orientation. For most activities, no additional training is required or provided. Some activities have an optional training opportunity in advance.

Location: Most activities are located at the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory at 100 Maryland Ave SW. If they take place at another location it will be clearly indicated when you sign up for the activity.

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Mission Statement

The U.S. Botanic Garden inspires people to appreciate, study, and conserve plants to enrich society locally and globally.

We carry out this mission by:

  • promoting botanical knowledge through the cultivation of an ordered collection of plants;
  • presenting displays of plants, exhibits, and educational programs to the Congress and the public;
  • and, fostering sustainability and plant conservation.