Expand your knowledge of the natural world as you help connect people with the Gardens. Volunteers are essential at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, helping to create a better garden and a better community. Bring your interest, energy, knowledge and passion to Duke Gardens and help make each guest’s visit more beautiful and enriching. 

Whether you are interested in gardening, visitor services, administrative support, photography or education, volunteering at Duke Gardens is a way to give back to your community. 

Benefits to volunteers:

·    Make a difference in your community and inspire others by supporting Duke Gardens
·    Meet people with similar interests
·    Learn new skills: gardening, customer relations and interpretation 
·    Challenge yourself to achieve goals
·    Program discounts
·    Invitation to annual volunteer events
·    Have fun!

Weekend volunteers especially needed

Weekends can be very exciting at Duke Gardens. Visitors from near and far gather here with friends and family to enjoy and learn more about gardening and the bond between people and plants. We love their curiosity and want to provide them with the most enjoyable and gratifying visit possible. You can help us achieve that goal by joining the weekend volunteer team. You’ll learn more about the plants and programs of Duke Gardens and have the pleasure of sharing this helpful information and deepening visitors’ appreciation and understanding of this world-class botanic garden.

How to apply

If you would like to join the volunteer family at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, please complete our volunteer application. If you have questions, please email us. Thank you for your interest!

Students age 16 & up can volunteer at Duke Gardens summer camps. Application available here.


Volunteer check-in