Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with our organization!

In the 15 plus years since it was established, the Duke Farms Volunteer Program has grown exponentially. Today, over one hundred regular volunteers help us maintain the health and beauty of our restored native landscape and the many paths that lead through it; teach visitors of all ages and educational backgrounds in the classroom and on the trail; and help care for the hothouse denizens of our renowned Orchid Range. Duke Farms would not – could not – be Duke Farms without the collective strength, acumen, and dedication of our volunteer community, and we are both immensely grateful for, and proud of, each and every member.

All new volunteers spend their first 6 months working with at least one monitor-and-maintain (M&M) crew. The M&M contingent of the Duke Farms Volunteer Program, under the guidance of Designed Landscape and Natural Resources/Agroecology staff members, helps us care for the property by weeding and mulching flower beds, removing invasive plant material, and trimming overgrown shrubs and trees, among many other, similar tasks.

After six months, a volunteer may request to become a docent. Docents assist with classes and at events, educate the public at the Visitor Orientation Center, Orchid Range, and Coach Barn, and are given access to a range of otherwise exclusive positions and activities. Additional training is required for this position.

Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Sara DiVito at with any questions.

We hope you decide to join the Duke Farms volunteer community!

Contact Information


Please indicate the days and general times you are available to volunteer.

NOTE: at this time, new volunteer opportunities are limited to Monday-Saturday mornings.


Skills & Certifications/Experience

Emergency Contact

Please list who you would like us to contact in the event of an emergency.

For Relatives of Duke Farms Foundation Employees

If you are related to any employees of the Duke Farms Foundation or its associated entities (Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Shangri La; Rough Point Museum), please list them here.

Email Address & Preferences

I Agree

I understand and agree that submitting this application form does not automatically register me as a Duke Farms Foundation volunteer, and that there are certain qualifications I must meet - including attendance at a new volunteer orientation/training session and acceptance of established volunteer policies and procedures - before I may begin volunteering.