Volunteers are vital to the success of the Garden and are an integral part of the education program. Please do not hesitate to join us and make a difference in our community! There are many fun opportunities available to participate involving varying degrees of hourly commitment.
- THE GARDEN DOES NOT ACCEPT COURT REFERRALS.
- STUDENT, OR COMMUNITY SERVICE VOLUNTEERS MUST COMPLETE A MINIMUM OF 20 SATISFACTORY SERVICE HOURS OF SERVICE PRIOR TO BEING SIGNED OFF FOR HOURS OR SERVICE VERIFICATIONS
Perks of Volunteering
- Get discounts on Garden membership. Volunteers can get an Individual membership for only $15.00
- Get honored at our Annual Volunteer Dinner
- Enjoy the comradery of fellow volunteers
- Learn and experience something new
If you are interested in any of the below opportunities please contact Olga Cortes at (619) 232-2781, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please fill out the volunteer application (link above) and indicate your area of interest in the ‘Comment’ section of the form. More specific information on each event, program, and project can be provided over the phone and via email.
Cherry Blossom Festival
Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
Summer Camp Requires a minimum 15 hours/week, for three weeks of volunteering (M-F 12:30-4pm hours)
San Diego Maker Faire
Shi-Chi-Go-San, which literally translates to 3-5-7 is a Japanese festival held in November that celebrates the growth and well-being of young children. Children ages 3, 5, and 7 celebrate their passage through childhood by dressing up in traditional kimonos and taking photos. The Garden offers this unique opportunity for parents and their children with a Japanese style garden as a backdrop. Volunteers are needed to facilitate photo taking and assist with kimono changing. Background knowledge, or experience in kimono wearing is preferred.
SPECIAL PROJECTS, FREE TUESDAY PROGRAM AND GARDEN AMBASSADORS
Ambassadors ensure guest safety and provide basic information on the garden in our new canyon area. Training is provided and shifts are available Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-4pm, weekly
FREE TUESDAY PROGRAM
Every third Tuesday of the month, the garden is open to San Diego residents for free. Volunteers are needed between 10am-4pm to assist with a rummage sale and free arts and crafts for kids.
PAUL’S PRUNING BASICS
Quarterly events where volunteer relax, beautify the garden, and learn Japanese garden pruning techniques. Contact Olga at email@example.com to sign up for the mailing list.
SPECIAL PROJECT NEEDS:
General Office Assistance:
Assist in photocopying documents
Updating the JFG website
*Qualifications: Basic computer skills including Word and Excel, basic knowledge with copy machines, independent and can-do personality preferred.
Assist with creating promotional material
Promote Garden events and activities
Assist in market research
*Qualifications: excellent written and verbal communication skills, graphic design background preferred, comfortable with various social media platforms.
Assist with processing membership and renewal forms
Assist with compiling bi-monthly newsletter
*Qualifications: excellent written and verbal communication skills, research skills preferred, must be familiar with google apps.
Collections Management & Exhibitions:
Exhibit installation and de-installation support
Art reception support
*Qualifications: archiving background, or experience preferred, research skills preferred, must be physically adept for moving objects, installing fixtures.. etc.
Educators to take the Japanese Friendship Garden’s outreach curriculum to San Diego Schools.
*Qualifications: Experience in education/schools/with children. Comfortable with large groups of children and adults.