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Volunteer Program

San Diego Botanic Garden

Volunteers Needed,
Wanted and Loved!


If you’re interested in volunteering at the San Diego Botanic Garden, you’ll be in good hands – we have a dedicated and excited team of volunteers who have extensive knowledge and passion for their Garden. They are helpful and always ready to assist new volunteers learn about the endless possibilities in volunteering here. Your unique skills and interests have a place in our Garden; you can explore all the options as long as you like until you find the perfect fit. Docents, volunteers and staff are here to encourage and support you.

Volunteer Information Session

Gift and Plant Shops Volunteers and Docent

Come join us at our next Volunteer Information Session – you’ll meet interesting people, learn about our beautiful Garden and discover how you can get involved.

Volunteer Information Session are from 9:30 – 12:00 in the Ecke building. They include an introduction to the Garden, staff presentations, updates on volunteer opportunities and a tour of the Garden.

Dates for our 2019 Volunteer Information Sessions are:

• February 8

• May 3

• August 9

• November 8

What Can You Do?

San Diego Botanic Garden is a nonprofit organization – we depend upon volunteer support, in a big way! Volunteers create and maintain Garden beautification projects, participate in (and sometimes completely run!) special events, help in guest service positions and lead tours for schoolchildren and adults.

If you are seeking an invigorating and restorative environment in which to share your talents, please consider the Garden your spot. Many of our volunteers have expressed a sense of belonging at the Garden – both personally and socially.

The Garden offers multiple spots for volunteering. Among the most popular are:

Special Events
Docent Training Program
Garden Beautification
Gift Shop
Admissions (Welcome Center)
Leading tours for schoolchildren and/or adults

Volunteers between the ages of 14 and 18 may volunteer with a parent or guardian. San Diego Botanic Garden no longer accepts court-ordered volunteers.

We conduct background checks for all volunteers and staff. There is a $17.00 fee for this service(due with the application), payable to San Diego Botanic Garden. Please thoroughly complete both forms of our application process and email, mail, or bring them to the Administration Offices, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. We will make a copy of your current photo ID before you start, so please bring one with you. A cleared background check is required for volunteering at the Garden.


1. Volunteer Application

2. Authorization for Background Check

Volunteer/Docent Meetings

Everyone Welcome! The Volunteer/Docent meetings start at 9:30 a.m. in the Ecke building on the first Wednesday of every month, except June and November when they begin at 10:00 a.m. – and are potluck. There is no meeting in July and December. Normally, there is a special presentation beginning at 11:00 a.m., after the general business and announcements have concluded. These meetings are typically standing room only – and definitely not of the stuffy variety!

For additional information or questions pertaining to volunteering, please contact Jill Gardner, Volunteer Services & HR Manager. She can be reached at 760/ 436-3036 x203 or jgardner@sdbgarden.org.

If you are interested in our Docent Program (training and opportunities), please visit our Docent Program page for more information!

Click here for the Docent Program information.