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 Spider Pavilion Guide or Discovery Cart Guide, require additional training that you can sign up for through VolunteerHub.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Hort Support: Looking for some hands-on gardening experience? Volunteer for our Hort Support team and assist the Garden’s Horticulture Specialists with planting and maintaining special sections of the Garden curated especially for exhibits and programming.

      1. Requirements: Must be 15+ years old, have an active VolunteerHub account and has completed Basic Training
      2. Dates: Monday, Friday and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
      3. Sign up for shifts HERE using your VolunteerHub account
  • 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: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., and Wednesday’s from 12:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    3. Sign up for shifts HERE using your VolunteerHub account
  • Instructor Aides: Interested in helping Garden staff run the classes we have to offer? Our Instructor Aides act as a helper and liaison between staff class instructors and guests. The purpose of this support is to help ensure the class is a positive experience for both guests and instructors so they are motivated to come back to the Garden for future programs. Tasks include preparing class materials, assisting guests with activities and helping to clean up supplies

      1. Requirements: Must be 15+ years old, have an active VolunteerHub account and has completed Basic Training
      2. Sign up for shifts HERE using your VolunteerHub account
  • 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
  • Special Event Volunteer Opportunities 

    1. The Garden occasionally hosts special events where event volunteers are needed to help with guest relations and event operations. We do not require volunteers to have completed Basic Training before signing up for special event volunteer shifts.
    2. You can click HERE to see if there are currently any special event volunteer opportunities available.

Questions? Contact us at learning@southcoastbotanicgarden.org