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We invite you to join San Francisco Botanical Garden's Volunteer Team! Give your time, gain new skills, and make new friends. The volunteer team is one of the greatest strengths of our organization, making numerous programs possible. Volunteers work in many areas – they guide visitors and school children through the garden, staff special events, maintain the gardens, work in our Bookstore, Plant Arbor and Library, help with graphic design and assist in our offices.
Children's Walk Guides
Connect children with nature by taking them on interactive walks exploring the Garden and helping them learn more about the wonders of the natural world. You must like children and complete one semester of 12-week walk training on consecutive Tuesdays. Next training starts September 2016.
Docents engage with visitors during daily tours and weekend interpretation stations, offering interesting and inspiring information about the Garden and its history. Requirements: A desire to learn more about plants, the drive to share that knowledge with the public, and successful completion of the training course.
Horticulture & Plant Collections
The Green Team is a drop-in gardening group that supports maintenance of San Francisco Botanical Garden. Volunteers work with SF Recreation & Parks gardeners, helping weed, mulch, plant, and otherwise maintain our rare and unique collections. Work with the Green Team on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10–1pm, or Saturdays and Sundays from 9am–12pm.
Children's Garden Green Team
Get down in the dirt with the Children's Garden Green Team! This new volunteer opportunity is a great way to contribute to the community, taking care of a space that serves thousands of children and their families every year. Bring your enthusiasm, energy, and old blue jeans to the Children's Garden on Tuesdays from 2-5pm, and on Saturdays from 10am-1pm
As coordinator, you will help the gardeners supervise volunteer projects, and help maintain tools, gloves, and snacks for volunteers. You'll also support the Volunteer Services Manger by helping welcome and orient new volunteers. This position provides a valuable opportunity for both gardening and leadership experience.
Gardener's Assistants have the opportunity to work closely with a specific gardener or in a specific collection. Shifts are scheduled on weekdays between 8am and 2pm; position availability may vary seasonally. Some gardening experience desired but onsite training is provided.
Nursery volunteers propagate plants for the Botanical Garden to sell in our plant arbor, both to raise funds for the Garden and to increase biodiversity. Tasks may include weeding, transplanting, and propagating. Volunteers may also help at the Plant Arbor, Monthly Plant Sales, and the Annual Plant Sale.
Become a Plant Detective and help map and document the Garden's collections using the SFBG Collector App on a Smartphone or tablet (provided). A great opportunity to develop your plant ID skills and work with a fun team of plant lovers!
San Francisco Botanical Garden Society is now hiring interns to assist the San Francisco Rec and Park Nursery gardeners in maintaining the Botanical Garden and for our Children's programs. Learn more.
Four Easy Steps to Volunteer
A majority of volunteer positions require no gardening experience or special knowledge. Through volunteering at the Garden, you will learn from working with professionals in horticulture and education, plus gain hands-on experience.
Whether you are a master gardener, a professional or a homemaker, retired or work full-time, a teacher or a student, the Botanical Garden needs your time, skills and talents. Through volunteering, you will meet others with similar interests and hobbies and experience the satisfaction of sharing in significant accomplishments.
Please come and volunteer, enjoy the beauty of the Garden and the rewards and camaraderie of being a part of our team of dedicated volunteers. We look forward to welcoming you!