Volunteer at the Garden!
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 involving varying degrees of hourly commitment.
- 10% discount on any level of membership
- Invitation to our annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
- Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow volunteers
- Learn about Japanese culture and gardens
- Build experience in various skill sets, including administration, gardening, and more!
Please note that the Garden does not accept court referrals.
SPECIAL EVENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Cherry Blossom Festival: The JFG throws a festival every spring to celebrate our blooming cherry blossom trees! We need volunteers to help us run our beer and tea garden, kids area, in-house food booth and more.
Bon Odori Festival: Save the date for August 3 - 4! More information coming soon!
REGULAR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
- Garden Assistant
- The most relaxing volunteer job in San Diego! Assist our gardeners by pulling weeds, watering plants, and performing various other duties under the gardeners' supervision. No previous gardening experience required and scheduling is flexible.
Assist with various duties in a specific department. Departments include:
Events and Marketing
Creating promotional material, promoting garden events, assisting with marketing research and surveys
Record-keeping on classes and programs, developing and running cultural activities
Answering initial inquiries of clients interested in renting the garden. Experience in administrative work and event coordinating required.
Stuffing envelopes, data entry, conducting surveys, assisting with bi-monthly newsletter
Volunteer and Outreach
Record-keeping on volunteers, participating in cultural outreach events
Library archiving, archive research, installing and de-installing exhibits, creating exhibit promotional material. Experience in the arts or as an art major required.
Help us make and serve food, run and manage our sales booth, protect and monitor our koi pond, and provide cultural activities on every third Tuesday of the month.
Lead tours for JFG visitors throughout the upper and lower areas of the garden. 8 week training sessions are available and begin in September.
Assist us by attending events outside JFG to run a cultural activity booth or informational booth. *Occurs only a few times a year.
For more information, e-mail Chi Nakata at email@example.com or call (619) 232-2781.
CLOSED VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Check back at a later date to see if any of these positions have opened!
Take the Japanese Friendship Garden’s outreach curriculum to San Diego Schools
INDEX OF SEASONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
- Seijin Shiki (coming of age ceremony)
March - Cherry Blossom Festival
April - Membership Tea
June - Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
July - Summer Camp (Min commitment of 15 hrs/week)
August - O-Bon Festival - Annual Gala
October - Halloween Family Day
November - Shichi Go San (coming of age ceremony)
December - December Nights