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


REGULAR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Horticulture Department

Gardening Assistant

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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:

  • No experience necessary

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

  • Attend and complete General Volunteer Orientation and Garden Assistant Orientation

  • The schedule is flexible but must be on Monday - Sunday between 10 am and 3:30 pm.

  • Must be 16 years or older

Composting Volunteer

Majority of JFG waste is green waste from tree trimming and garden maintenance.
Composting helps us to achieve a 75% waste diversion rate and zero waste events.
The compost becomes fertile to be used as soil and helps our plant to grow.

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • No experience necessary

  • At least 3-month commitment required

  • The schedule is flexible but must be on Monday - Sunday between 10 am and 3:30 pm.

  • Must be at least 16 years or older

Visitor Engagement & Education Department

JFG Docent

JFG docents primarily lead public and private tours of the garden, which involves being familiar with several aspects of the garden.

We are currently recruiting docents to join this year’s docent training program!

View more information about becoming a docent here: http://www.niwa.org/docent-training

Department Volunteer

View more information about becoming a department volunteer here: http://www.niwa.org/deptvol

SPECIAL EVENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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


Banner Photo Credit: Dominic Nepomuceno