Community of Gardens Volunteer

Community of Gardens


The Community of Gardens Volunteer will assist the Smithsonian Gardens education team in collecting stories about gardens and gardeners in the U.S. for the Community of Gardens digital archive. The volunteer will research gardeners and organizations to contact, draft outreach materials, walk contributors through the storytelling process, edit images, and write stories for the digital archive. Depending on skills and interest, the volunteer may conduct video or audio oral histories with gardeners.


Volunteer should have strong writing and computer skills. They should also have excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to comfortably engage individuals on the phone or by email; ability to sit at a desk several hours at a time; an interest in gardening, public history, and/or storytelling.


Flexible schedule. 4 to 8 hours a week in the Smithsonian Gardens office in Washington, D.C. during office hours.

Training Requirements

Volunteer will be required to schedule a phone and computer training for Community of Gardens with the project manager, as well as meet in-person with the Smithsonian Gardens Volunteer Coordinator and the Education Manager.


Please contact the Smithsonian Gardens volunteer coordinator at for information on the next recruitment period for this opportunity.

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“Working as a Smithsonian Garden Interpreter is very rewarding in that it not only offers opportunity to learn about garden design, what plants to select for best results, arts in the garden, but also it offers an unique opportunity to interact with visitors from all over the US and around the world.”

– Heidi, Garden Interpreter Volunteer

“I have enjoyed my experience at the greenhouse and I enjoy the people I work with. I love getting my hands on the plants that will later be seen by the public in the gardens and museums.”

– Laurel, Greenhouse Volunteer