Volunteer Program

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Click Here for SDBG Docent Cumulative Index and Docent Bloom Board Information and links.

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 the best volunteers who have extensive knowledge and passion for our Garden. They are helpful and always ready to assist new volunteers in learning about the endless possibilities in volunteering here.

Volunteer Orientation

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

Orientation Volunteers, February 2017

Orientations 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 2017 Volunteer Orientations are:

  • May 19
  • August 11
  • November 10

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 projects, participate in (and sometimes completely run!) special events, represent SDBG in community and school outreach programs and lead tours for school children and adults.

If you are thinking about volunteering in an exciting, peaceful and rewarding environment, please consider the Garden your spot.

Volunteers are currently needed in the following areas:

  • Special Events
  • Community Outreach programs
  • Membership
  • Garden Beautification
  • Gift Shop
  • Admissions (Welcome Center)
  • Working with children and families in Seeds of Wonder Children’s Garden (pre-school aged) and Hamilton Children’s Garden (school aged)

Fall Plant Sale Crew, 2016

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 read through the application, fill it out, and bring it 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 requisite to volunteering at the Garden.
Click here for the Volunteer application.

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

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 December when they begin at 10:00 a.m. -- and are potluck. There is no meeting in July. Normally, there is a special presentation which begins 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 Manager. She can be reached at 760/ 436-3036 x213 or