Volunteer Opportunities

Upcoming Events and Volunteer Needs

There is an upcoming Volunteer Information Meeting, Monday, February 27, at 11am, for those interested in volunteering at Norrie's Gift & Garden Shop. norrie's gift and garden shop

The Arboretum's Norrie's Gift and Garden Shop has several openings for new volunteers.  Our volunteers provide visitors with excellent customer service such as helping guests in selecting the perfect plant or special gift to bring home. Volunteers  welcome visitors and provide general information about the Arboretum.

Whether you already volunteer elsewhere in the Arboretum, you’re a long-time member who has thought about volunteering, or you’re new to the area and the Arboretum, please join us if you'd like to find out more!

If you are interested but unable to attend this meeting, please contact Lindsey Hutchinson at 831-502-2305 or lihutchi@ucsc.edu

Thank you for volunteering!!
Katie Starr Cordes cscordes@ucsc.edu.
Arboretum Volunteer Program Coordinator

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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