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. They assist the staff by contributing thousands of hours every year. 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.




  • Mailings
  • Office support
  • Fund raising
  • Now Showing
  • Plant record data entry
  • Plant buggy sales
  • Special projects
  • Engraving


  • Garden leader
  • Gardener
  • Plant labeling
  • Seasonal plant labeler
  • Quarterly label review
  • Mapping
  • Sowing seed
  • Water gardener
  • Propagation/nursery
  • Construction


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

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.

JCRA Volunteer Application