Help Us Plant the Future!

Our active volunteers play a large role in the ongoing success at South Coast Botanic Garden. As a volunteer, you represent our institution and forward our mission by connecting all to the wonders of nature. Through outreach and horticulture, you help create wonderful experiences for our visitors that inspire stewardship and sustainability. Per Los Angeles County guidelines, all volunteers must be at least 15 years old to participate. We require that all volunteers provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination before joining our program. We are not currently accepting any vaccination exemptions. If you are interested in volunteering with us, please follow the steps below:

  • STEP 1: Create a VolunteerHub account HERE. You will use VolunteerHub to sign up for volunteer training, volunteer shifts and special events. Using your VolunteerHub account, you will find all of our current opportunities listed in one place, you will be able to sign up for and cancel your own shifts, and you will be able to keep track of your volunteer hours. Please click HERE if you would like to watch a video tutorial on how to create your own VolunteerHub account.

  • STEP 2: Complete Basic Training:

    1. Basic Training is required of all new volunteers to get acquainted with the history of the Garden, our policies, volunteer program and our informal education techniques. You can use your VolunteerHub account to sign up for upcoming Basic Training sessions.
    2. Click HERE to find available training sessions.
  • STEP 3: Take more training and/or sign up for volunteer shifts!

    1. Once you complete Basic Training, you are eligible to sign up for volunteer opportunities such as our Green Team or Dog Walking Hours volunteering. Other volunteer opportunities, such as SOAR Guides and Topiary and Rose Garden Guides, require additional training that you can sign up for through VolunteerHub.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Green Team: Want to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty? Volunteer with the Green Team and assist our gardening staff with watering, weeding, pruning and planting in various locations throughout the Garden. Great for new and experienced gardeners alike!

    1. Requirements: Must be 15+ years old, have an active VolunteerHub account and have completed Basic Training
    2. Dates: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., and Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    3. Sign up for shifts HERE using your VolunteerHub account
  • SOAR Guide: Provide visitors with an enthusiastic, interactive learning experience and help with the core operational activities of our butterfly pavilion, SOAR. Help this exhibit fly!

    1. Requirements: Must be 15+ years old, have an active VolunteerHub account and have completed both Basic and SOAR Guide Trainings
    2. Upcoming exhibit season: April through July with volunteer shifts throughout the day
    3. Sign up for SOAR Guide training HERE using your VolunteerHub account
    4. Sign up for shifts HERE using your VolunteerHub account
  • Topiary and Rose Garden Guide: Volunteers will be stationed in the Rose Garden to teach guests about the horticultural history of roses and about the rose species in our Dorothy and John Bohannon Rose Garden. Volunteers will also direct guests to the Amphitheater Lawn where they can find our flamboyance of flamingos: 70 topiary flamingos planted with blooming begonias. Teach guests about the history of topiaries and our staff’s efforts to create more than 100 topiary animals. 

    1. Requirements: Must be 15+ years old, has an active VolunteerHub account and has completed both Basic and Spring Garden Guide Training
    2. Click HERE to find available Spring Garden Guide Training sessions
  • Dog Walking Hours Volunteer: Join our Pup Patrol on the last Sunday of each month and assist the Garden in running our monthly dog walking hours. Help guests through wayfinding, answering questions and making sure dogs stay out of our “Dog-Free Zones.”

    1. Requirements: Must be 15+ years old, have an active VolunteerHub account and have completed Basic Training
    2. Dates: The last Sunday of each month. Time slots from 9:00 a.m. – Noon, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    3. Sign up for shifts HERE using your VolunteerHub account

Questions? Contact us at learning@southcoastbotanicgarden.org