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Calling All Green Thumbs! Garden at the Smithsonian

Washington, DC.SG: Smithsonian Gardens

Garden Maintenance Volunteers

Smithsonian Gardens is looking for energetic garden enthusiasts to help keep our 'outdoor museums' around the Smithsonian Institution campus looking great. These Garden Maintenance Volunteers will help our horticulture staff with general gardening tasks including weeding, planting, pruning, watering, and deadheading from April 2019 through October 2019 with the possibility to continue year-round based on staff needs. Application deadline January 15, 2019.

Who are we looking for?

Energetic and friendly individuals, 18 years or older, who are able to perform general garden tasks outdoors during the spring, summer, and fall months. Volunteer should be willing and able to:

- Perform general gardening chores including pruning, planting, weeding, deadheading, watering, and harvesting

- Work in hot weather

- Stoop and bend

- Answer occasional visitor inquiries about gardening and plants

- Identify plants or learn plant identification skills

- Lift 50+ lbs. (not necessary but a plus)

Applicants must commit to serving at least 3-6 hours per week from April 2019 through October 2019. Shifts are offered between the hours of 7:30 am and 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. This opportunity does not offer weekend or evening shifts.

Where would you volunteer?

Volunteers will be assigned to a specific garden near the National Mall at the beginning of the season based on staff need and applicant interests/availability. For a list of the Smithsonian gardens and landscapes, visit

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