Volunteer Program

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 2015 Dinner for Docents and Volunteers Video

Volunteer Orientation
9:30 am – 12 pm

Join us for our next Volunteer Orientation where you’ll meet interesting people, learn about our beautiful Garden, and find how to get more involved. Pictured are some of our newest volunteers from May Orientation. Won’t you join us?


  • May 14
  • August 5
  • November 12

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
  • Membership
  • 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:

  • Botany
  • Propagation
  • Public education
  • Garden development
  • Nursery management
  • Collections/curatorial work
  • Conservation
  • California Native Plants
Volunteers who are between the ages of 14 and 18 may volunteer with a parent or guardian.
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 $17.00 dollar fee for this service, 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 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.


Dinner for Docents and Volunteers Video

Watch the 2014 Dinner for Docents and Volunteers Video
Click Here