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Volunteers are essential to meeting the Garden’s mission of connecting people and plants. Join this community of plant lovers and contribute to the success of a beloved San Francisco institution.


New Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Garden. Please review our requirements below and complete an application form.


If you are interested in scheduling a service project, please visit our Volunteer Groups page.


Individual volunteers must:

  • Have a current SFBG membership.

    • SFBG Volunteers have the option for a Pay-What-You-Can Membership. No one will be turned away! We welcome SFBG Volunteers into full individual membership benefits after completing four volunteer shifts. 

    • Learn more about the benefits of membership here.

  • Have an email address; this is our main form of communication for all volunteers.

  • Submit an online volunteer application form:


After an application form is received, a short/informal interview in the garden will be scheduled. Volunteers will then be asked to:

  • Read and agree to follow the Garden’s volunteer policies and procedures as defined in our Volunteer Handbook.

  • Attend a docent-led garden tour.

  • Volunteers under 18 who are not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian must bring a signed Minor Consent Waiver on or before their first day of volunteering.



Learn more about how volunteers support the Garden below. Please note that volunteer needs fluctuate throughout the year.

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