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 for active regular volunteers
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.
REGULAR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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.
Lead tours for JFG visitors throughout the upper and lower areas of the garden. 8 week training sessions are available and begin in September.
Special Project Volunteer
Japanese Pop Culture Party needs:
General planning and production
Craft maker (decorations)
Departmental Assistant (Currently No Opening)
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.
Assist us by attending events outside JFG to run a cultural activity booth or informational booth. *Occurs only a few times a year.
Assist facility coordinator with various tasks around JFG
Carpentry skills and experience needed
Age 21 and older
SPECIAL EVENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
December Nights: December 7th and 8th.
Cherry Blossom Festival: March 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.
Free Tuesday: 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.
- Seijin Shiki (coming of age ceremony)
March - Cherry Blossom Festival
April - Membership Tea
June - Annual Gala
July - Summer Camp (Min commitment of 15 hrs/week)
August - O-Bon Festival
October - Halloween Family Day - Pop Culture Party
November - Shichi Go San (coming of age ceremony)
December - December Nights
For more information, e-mail Chi Nakata at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (619) 232-2781.