Volunteer Opportunities

Upcoming Event for Volunteers

New Volunteer Orientation. Thursday, August 11. 
This two hour session will focus on familiarizing new volunteers with the Arboretum's structure, significance, staff, procedures, opportunities, and resources. 

If this sounds like something that would be helpful for you, mark your calendar. More information to come.

The UC Santa Cruz Arboretum relies on almost 200 volunteers to keep this place growing! By volunteering at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum you become part of a community that directly supports the Arboretum's mission, to inspire stewardship of the world's biodiversity through research, education, and the conservation of rare, endangered, and extraordinary plants. 

When volunteering, you will learn by working side by side with professionals in gardening, horticulture and education while gaining hands-on experience in the beautiful gardens. You will meet others with similar interests and experience the joy and satisfaction of working together on important projects. 

Please read through the Volunteer Opportunities below prior to completing the Volunteer Application. All applications are reviewed and responded to within 1 to 2 weeks of receipt. 

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our wonderful community of dedicated volunteers!

Read more on the crucial role volunteers have played in the Arboretum's first fifty years. How would you like to help?

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