The volunteer spirit lies at the core of the JC Raulston Arboretum. Volunteers have been building, maintaining, and reaching out to the public since 1976. Volunteers contribute thousands of hours every year at the arboretum. The arboretum is a beautiful and fun place to volunteer. If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity in Raleigh, We invite you to join in an abundance of wealth and knowledge within a vibrant community that has a passion for plants, gardens, and people. Our volunteers come from all over Raleigh, Wake County, and as far as Chapel Hill and Pittsboro to volunteer with us.


Administrative volunteer opportunities in Raleigh


  • Mailings
  • Office support
  • Fund raising
  • Now Showing
  • Plant record data entry
  • Plant buggy sales
  • Special projects
  • Engraving
Garden volunteer opportunities in Raleigh


  • Garden leader
  • Gardener
  • Plant labeling
  • Laser Engraving
  • Seasonal plant labeler
  • Quarterly label review
  • Garden Mapping
  • Collecting Seeds
  • Sowing seed
  • Water gardener
  • Propagation/nursery
  • Construction
Outreach volunteer opportunities in Raleigh


  • Tour guide
  • Booth attendant
  • Visitor Center
  • Speaker bureau
  • Special events
  • Lecture support
  • Photographer
  • Now Showing photographer
Children's Program volunteer opportunities in Raleigh

Children's Program

  • Teacher
  • Arts and crafts
  • Program development
  • Tour guide
  • Administration


Free membership to the JC Raulston Arboretum when 40 hours contributed in a year. Benefits include:

In addition, volunteers receive invitation to volunteer only events and learn about plants and gardening through special activities.

Volunteer Today

We invite you to join the 200 active volunteers that share their talents with the JCRA.

Contact Kathryn Wall at kbwall@ncsu.edu or (919) 513-7004 if you have questions about any volunteer opportunities.

JCRA Volunteer Application