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Opportunities

We always need helping hands at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Check out the variety of volunteer jobs below. Whether you like working with people or plants we have something for you. Only one application is needed for all opportunities.

Work with Plants

When working in the Garden, please remember to bring or wear your work clothes: closed-toed shoes, long pants, rain gear, and layers! We provide gloves and tools, but please bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and anything else you may need to be comfortable. You will be doing physical work that may include kneeling, digging, raking, and lifting up to 30 lbs. Please let us know if you require special assistance for any reason.

 
Green Team

Photo by Wendy Tai.

Green Team

Help keep our collections of rare plants looking green and beautiful. Work one day a week with a team of volunteers under the direction of one of our expert gardeners. This is a great opportunity to learn more about plants and gardening. Requirements: able to kneel, shovel, rake, and lift 30 pounds and work at least one shift per week. Shifts are Tuesday or Thursday from 10am–1pm.

Nursery Assistant

Photo by Rosie Coleridge.

Nursery Assistant

Our nursery volunteers propagate plants for the Botanical Garden and to sell to help raise funds for the nursery. They grow many rare, unusual and even endangered plants that are purchased and planted, thereby increasing the survival of many plant species. Requirements: Must be able to stoop and lift 20 pounds and work one shift per week. Shifts are 10-2 pm Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Weekend Gardening

Weekend Gardening

Can't make it during the week? Join Lisa, our weekend gardener, on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am–12pm, to help keep the Garden beautiful by weeding, mulching, and more. Must sign up in advance!

Special Events

Special Events

Join us to help put on special events at the Gardens, whether as a cashier at our Monthly Plant Sales, setting up for our annual wreath-making workshop, or serving wine at our Annual Plant Sale. Upcoming Events for 2015: Lunar New Year (Feb. 21), SF Flower and Garden Show (March 18–22), Annual Plant Sale (Apr. 26–May 3).

Gardener's Assistant

Photo by Rosie Coleridge.

Gardener's Assistant

This is one of the toughest, but most rewarding jobs in the garden. You work side by side with one of the 11 gardeners who maintain our 55 acres of plant collections. Requirements: able to kneel, shovel, rake, and lift 30 pounds and work one shift per week. Shifts are Monday–Friday, from 9am–1pm.

Plant Collections Assistant

Plant Collections Assistant

This is a very physical volunteer position, helping our curatorial assistants as they mark each plant bed, so we have a record of exactly what plant is where in the garden. You will be required to dig holes and lift some moderately heavy signs. Days and times are flexible. No current openings.

Work with People

 
Bookstore Assistant

Photo by Amy Tan.

Bookstore Assistant

Work with customers in our cozy bookstore and gift shop. Chat with visitors from all over the world and help them choose the perfect live plant, book or note card from the Garden. Requirements: Training on cash register and point of sale system. Shifts are Mon–Sat. 10am–1pm, or 1–4pm.
No current openings

Children's Program Aides

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Children's Program Aides

If you enjoy children and gardening, this is the opportunity for you. Volunteers help school children grades K-3 get acquainted with the natural environment. Requirements: able to kneel, shovel, rake, and lift 30 pounds. Days and times are flexible.

Smallest Kids, Tallest Trees

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Smallest Kids,
Tallest Trees

The next training for our kindergarten program, Smallest Kids, Tallest Trees, starts in the Spring of 2015. For more information, please contact Laura Luzzi, School Walk Coordinator, at 661-1316 x407 or via email.

Children's Walk Guides

Photo by Honeymilk Studios.

Children's Walk Guides

Connect children with nature by taking them on interactive walks exploring the Garden and helping them learn more about the wonders of the natural world. Requirements: You must like children and complete one semester of 12-week walk training on consecutive Tuesdays. Next training starts February 2015.

Garden Guides

Photo by Kathryn Rummel.

Garden Guides

Learn more about the amazing plants that grow in the Garden and share that knowledge with the public. Training for docent naturalists is twice a year for eight consecutive Saturdays. Requirements: A desire to learn more about plants and share that knowledge with the public and complete one semester of training. More information.
No current openings

Group Projects

Group Projects

Want to work together as a team? Contact us to set up group project for your group. If you would like to give more support to the garden, some projects have funding opportunities to help provide the plants and other materials needed.

Office Helper

Photo by Rosie Coleridge.

Office Helper

Help us by assisting with a variety of office tasks, organizing supplies, mass mailings, data entry. Requirements: Basic Microsoft Office skills, including Excel. Hours and days are flexible.

SFBGS and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department San Francisco Botanical Garden's beauty and value as a major cultural resource are the result of a successful public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

ADMISSION  FREE for Members, SF Residents (with proof of residency) & School Groups | $7 Non-residents | Discounts for Seniors & Children

LOCATED In Golden Gate Park, with entrances at the corner of Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way (Main Gate) & at MLK Jr. Drive off the Music Concourse (Friend/North Gate) | Phone: (415) 661-1316 | Mail: 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122-2370

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