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Opportunities

We always need helping hands at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Check out the variety of volunteer jobs below. Whether you like working with people or plants we have something for you. Only one application is needed for all opportunities.

Work with Plants

 
Gardener's Assistant

Photo by Rosie Coleridge.

Gardener's Assistant

This is one of the toughest, but most rewarding jobs in the garden. You work side by side with one of the 11 gardeners who maintain our 55 acres of plant collections. Requirements: able to kneel, shovel, rake, and lift 30 pounds and work one shift per week. Shifts are Monday–Friday, from 9am–1pm.

Green Team

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Green Team

Help keep our collections of rare plants looking green and beautiful. Work one day a week with a team of volunteers under the direction of one of our expert gardeners. This is a great opportunity to learn more about plants and gardening. Requirements: able to kneel, shovel, rake, and lift 30 pounds and work at least one shift per week. Shifts are Tuesday or Thursday from 10am–2pm.

Nursery Assistant

Photo by Rosie Coleridge.

Nursery Assistant

Our nursery volunteers propagate plants for the Botanical Garden and to sell to help raise funds for the nursery. They grow many rare, unusual and even endangered plants that are purchased and planted, thereby increasing the survival of many plant species. Requirements: Must be able to stoop and lift 20 pounds and work one shift per week. Shifts are 10-2 pm Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Plant Collections Assistant

Plant Collections Assistant

This is a very physical volunteer position, helping our curatorial assistants as they mark each plant bed, so we have a record of exactly what plant is where in the garden. You will be required to dig holes and lift some moderately heavy signs. Days and times are flexible. No current openings.

Saturday Drop-in Gardening

Saturday Drop-in Gardening

Volunteer on the third and fourth Saturday of the month, working to keep the garden beautiful, weeding, mulching and planting. Requirements: able to kneel, shovel, rake, and lift 30 pounds. Register in advance by emailing volunteer@sfbg.org. Shifts are Saturday, 9-12 pm.

Work with People

 
Bookstore Assistant

Photo by Amy Tan.

Bookstore Assistant

Work with customers in our cozy bookstore and gift shop. Chat with visitors from all over the world and help them choose the perfect live plant, book or note card from the Garden. Requirements: Training on cash register and point of sale system. Shifts are Mon–Sat. 10am–1pm, or 1–4pm.
Weekend volunteers needed!

Children's Program Aides

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Children's Program Aides

If you enjoy children and gardening, this is the opportunity for you. Volunteers help school children grades K-3 get acquainted with the natural environment. Requirements: able to kneel, shovel, rake, and lift 30 pounds. Days and times are flexible.

Smallest Kids, Tallest Trees

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Smallest Kids,
Tallest Trees

The next training for our kindergarten program, Smallest Kids, Tallest Trees, starts in the Spring of 2015. For more information, please contact Laura Luzzi, School Walk Coordinator, at 661-1316 x407 or via email.

Children's Walk Guides

Photo by Honeymilk Studios.

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. Requirements: You must like children and complete one semester of 12-week walk training on consecutive Tuesdays. Next training starts February 2015.

Garden Guides

Photo by Kathryn Rummel.

Garden Guides

Learn more about the amazing plants that grow in the Garden and share that knowledge with the public. Training for docent naturalists is twice a year for eight consecutive Saturdays. Requirements: A desire to learn more about plants and share that knowledge with the public and complete one semester of training. More information.

Group Projects

Group Projects

Want to work together as a team? Contact us to set up group project for your group. If you would like to give more support to the garden, some projects have funding opportunities to help provide the plants and other materials needed.

Office Helper

Photo by Rosie Coleridge.

Office Helper

Help us by assisting with a variety of office tasks, organizing supplies, mass mailings, data entry. Requirements: Basic Microsoft Office skills, including Excel. Hours and days are flexible.

Special Events

March Special Events

Share your love of the garden and the environment, and help out at two great March Events. We need volunteers for the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, in San Mateo, March 19–23. Three-hour morning and afternoon shifts are available. Volunteering includes free admission to the show. On March 28 and 29 we need volunteers to help represent the Garden at BioBlitz, an educational festival celebrating biodiversity. We have three-hour morning and afternoon shifts. BioBlitz is also seeking volunteers to collect data locally for a massive citizen science project.

ADMISSION  FREE for all SF City & County Residents, Members & School Groups     /     $7 Non-residents     /     Discounted fee: Seniors & Children

LOCATION Entrances at the corner of 9th Ave at Lincoln Way & at MLK Jr. Dr. off the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park

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