The time and skills volunteers provide are critical to our work as a conservation garden.

In exchange, we offer fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities in visitor services, conservation, garden maintenance, and more. Beyond the obvious benefits of serving your community and nature, volunteers receive a discounted Garden membership.

If you would like to volunteer, please read the descriptions of Volunteer Opportunities and then fill out our Application Form. We will do our best to match you to your interests.

Volunteer Opportunities
Click the button below for a list of current volunteer opportunities. Check back periodically for additional opportunities.
Volunteer Application
Click the Volunteer Application button below if you are interested in becoming a North Carolina Botanical Garden volunteer.
Special Opportunity

Project Budburst: Volunteers Needed!

We’re taking part in a research project to compare pollinator visits to native flower species with visits to cultivated varieties of those species. We need volunteers to help us observe and record plant data here at the Garden. If you’re interested, please contact Elaine at emcmanus@unc.edu for more information.

For Current Volunteers

Log Your Volunteer Hours

Your volunteer time is valuable to us and can serve as match in state and federal grants that support our conservation cause.

Volunteer Benefits

⦁ Discounted Garden membership

⦁ Annual all-volunteer appreciation event

⦁ Work with and meet people with similar interests

⦁ Social activities planned by the volunteer social committee

⦁ Learn about plants and our relationship with nature

⦁ Contribute to our conservation and environmental ethic

"Thank you for having us. The staff had a great time." - Colin Camu, Leaf & Limb

Community Volunteer Days

Community Volunteer Work Days are available for business, community or service groups looking for a team-building activity. Group projects vary during the year but might include removing invasive species, hauling brush, or general trail maintenance in our natural areas. Contact us below or call 919-962-0643 to find out more.

Volunteer Profiles

CCG Volunteer Spotlight: Simone

Simone started volunteering at the Carolina Community Garden (CCG) six years ago before her junior year of high school. She ended up enjoying composting so much, she became one of our compost leaders and even continued to volunteer when she was back during breaks from college! When the stay-at-home order began in the spring and…

The value of volunteers

  By Margo MacIntyre, Curator, Coker Arboretum The Coker Arboretum’s corps of volunteers, the Coker Nuts, have been furloughed since March 17, but I never had to experience a pandemic response to know the value of volunteers.  Now that I have hours of quiet on Tuesday mornings, I really have the chance to appreciate the…

Thank you, Volunteers!!

  This week is National Volunteer Week! Thank you to all our volunteers for your contributions, time, dedication, fellowship, and all around awesomeness! Please enjoy this video from the NCBG staff! And check out this year’s milestone service award honorees, listed below! 2020 Milestone Service Awards 5 years Sarah Manfred Robert Kraus Simone Speizer (belated…