Please visit the San Diego Botanic Garden website for
docents and volunteers
Click here to enter website for docents and volunteers
Click Here for SDBG Docent Cumulative Index
and Docent Bloom Board Information and links.
Watch the 2014 Dinner for Docents and Volunteers Video
Want to help? Not sure where or when your talents are needed? Join the over 300 volunteers who contribute time to San Diego Botanic Garden. You will meet interesting people while learning and contributing in your own way. Our volunteers find this to be an exciting and rewarding place to work.
Join us for Volunteer Orientation and discover the many varied opportunities available. A short tour of the Garden is included. RSVP 760/ 436–3036 x206.
- Friday, January 16
- Saturday, May 16
- Friday, July 31
- Saturday, November 7
What You Can Do
As a nonprofit organization, San Diego Botanic Garden depends upon volunteer support. Volunteers create and staff Garden projects, help with day-to-day garden administration, represent San Diego Botanic Garden in community and school outreach programs, and lead tours for school children and adults.
If you are interested in an exciting and rewarding place to contribute some time, please consider becoming a volunteer at San Diego Botanic Garden.
Volunteers are needed in the following areas:
- Receptionist/general office
- Special event staffing (concerts, fundraising events, etc.)
- Outreach programs, both community and classrooms
- Garden beautification
- Staffing the Gift Shop
- Working with children and families in Seeds of Wonder Children’s Garden (pre-school aged)
and Hamilton Children’s Garden (school aged)
Interested volunteers can receive docent training in:
Volunteers who are between the ages of 14 and 18 may volunteer with a parent or guardian.
- Public education
- Garden development
- Nursery management
- Collections/curatorial work
- California Native Plants
San Diego Botanic Garden no longer accepts community service/court-ordered volunteers.
Interested volunteers will need to complete an background investigation form in person. There is a ten dollar fee for this service, payable to San Diego Botanic Garden.
Please read through the application, fill it out, and bring it to Michelle Kinney in the Administration Offices, Monday through Friday, between 9am and 5pm. We will need to make a copy of your current photo ID before you start, so please bring one with you.
Click Here for the volunteer application (PDF File)
Docent Meetings — Everyone Welcome
The docent/volunteer meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month, except June and December when it starts at
10:00 a.m. and is a 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.
See Docents page.