Volunteer at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park!

Volunteers are vital to the success of the Garden and are an integral part of the education program. Please join us and make a difference in our community! There are many fun opportunities available to participate!

***We are unable to accept volunteers for the purposes of satisfying court-ordered community service


  • Horticulture Department

    Gardening Assistant

    The most relaxing volunteer job in San Diego! Assist our gardeners by pulling weeds, watering plants, and performing various other duties to maintain the garden. No previous gardening experience required and scheduling is flexible.

    All applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • Must be 16 years or older

    • Attend and complete General Volunteer Orientation and Garden Assistant Orientation

    • Commit to volunteering a minimum of 8 hours a month for 3 month

    Composting Volunteer

    Assist us with composting to support our sustainability effort!

  • Visitor Engagement & Education Department

    JFG Docent Volunteer

    The docent program size has been growing exponentially with the size of JFG over the past three years. This program is a bit more demanding than other volunteer roles at JFG, but it is incredibly rewarding where you also have a chance to join an group of exceptional volunteer docents.

    • Must be 18 years or older

    • 8 week training sessions begin every year in September


For more informationcontact the Volunteer&Outreach Coordinator at volunteer@niwa.org or call (619) 232-2781.

Banner Photo Credit: Dominic Nepomuceno