Volunteer

Volunteers are essential to Snug Harbor. We are always looking for people of all ages and skills to work with us and make Snug Harbor truly a treasure for the whole community.

Do you have a special passion or skill set where we can work together to serve the community?  If so, we can’t wait to meet you! 

Introduce yourself and ask any questions you have by filling out this volunteer application

We love hearing from people to who would like to work the gardens, welcome guests, help with administrative duties, manage soil and raise produce, and more.  With 14 botanical gardens on an 83-acre campus and events taking place all year, there’s plenty to do and we’d love to have you join us.

For corporate teams interested in group volunteerism, days of service, or volunteer retreats, please contact Beth Kingston, Manager of Grants and Gifts, at (718) 425-3511 or bkingston@snug-harbor.org.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is proud to be certified by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, as a Service Enterprise. Achieving Service Enterprise certification is a prestigious accomplishment for an organization. In fact, organizations that certify join the top 11 percent of nonprofits nationwide in volunteer management and organizational performance.

Certification signifies that organizations have the capability and management expertise to strategically
use volunteers to improve the performance of their organization.


Sign Up to Volunteer at Juneteenth on June 19

Heritage Farm Volunteer Days

Sign up here to lend a hand on the Heritage Farm! Help prepare for the growing season by volunteering. In early spring, learn how to mulch and create permanent beds for sowing vegetables. Later in the season, learn more about pruning and bed maintenance. Throughout the season, we’ll be processing food scraps into compost, seeding, and transplanting.

WHEN: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3

WHERE: Meet at Compost Demo Site at the southeast corner of campus, between the Heritage Farm and red barn

Registration required | Volunteer days are rain or shine

You must be able to lift 35-50 pounds, dress in warm layers, and closed toed shoes. Wearing a mask or face covering is required for participating in volunteering events on the Heritage Farm. Thank you for helping us keep our community safe. Please bring a refillable water bottle, and follow appropriate COVID precautions:

– Maintain a distance of 6+ feet away from other visitors whenever possible
– Wear a mask while on campus
– Practice good hygiene and sanitization
– Stay home if you are sick


Volunteer Position Opportunities

Want to volunteer with Snug Harbor on an ongoing basis? Interested in volunteering for the arts department, helping in the gardens, or planting and weeding on the farm? Check out the volunteer opportunities below and apply if you’re interested. Application instructions and contact information is at the bottom of each PDF.

Arts Management and Office Administration

St George Greenmarket Compost Associate

Farm Cooking Demonstration

Farm Stand

Flower Garden

Carl Grillo Glass House

Herb Garden

Perennial Garden

Rose Garden

Tropical Border

White Garden

Visitor Services Admissions


We’re preparing for the 2021 growing season!  Learn more about opportunities to grow with us by watching this video.