Join our vibrant and passionate community of volunteers

Volunteers are essential to our mission. Each year our volunteers donate their time and talent to help to care for our collections, support our staff, and enhance the visitor experience.
For current volunteers

Volunteer opportunities

The Gardens have a wide range of volunteer opportunities that vary throughout the year. Whether you love to engage with the public, work with youth, or help maintain our beautiful gardens, we have a volunteer role for you.

Teen Volunteer Service Learning Saturday Series

Join our Education team at San Francisco Botanical Garden to learn about plants while helping with hands-on gardening projects in the Children’s Garden to help steward this local treasure. Join us for one event or all of them this spring:

  • Tending to a Kitchen Garden, March 2, 10am-1pm
  • Exploring the Sensory Garden, March 16, 10am-1pm

Group Volunteer Service Events

Schedule your team for a day of volunteering at the Gardens. Group volunteer events are a great way to bond while weeding and helping our staff maintain the Gardens.

Schedule a Group Volunteer Service Event

Bookstore & Plant Shop

Volunteer in our open air Bookstore and Plant Shop, located in the Botanical Garden.

Interpretative Program

We are currently recruiting new volunteers to serve as ambassadors of our vital living collections by engaging visitors around interpretation stations and as a rover at the Botanical Garden and Conservatory of Flowers. The next training session will take place for five Tuesdays from April 16 – May 14 from 9:30am-2:30pm.

Library Reception

Welcome visitors and support our team at the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture.

Special Event Support

Welcome guests to one of the many special events at the Gardens.

Horticulture opportunities

Grab your gloves and dig in with a Green Team to support the horticulture team in caring for the Gardens.

Youth Programs in the Children’s Garden

Help staff with programs and hands-on gardening projects to improve and maintain our learning landscape at the Children’s Garden and support our youth library program.

Individual Volunteer Requirements

Individual volunteers must have a current Gardens of Golden Gate Park membership, successfully complete a background check, have an email address, and submit an online volunteer application form.