Volunteer Opportunities

Upcoming Events for Volunteers

New Volunteer Orientation. Tuesday, May 10, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Did you recently begin volunteering at the Arboretum? Are you curious about the variety of ways and times to volunteer? Interested in learning about how the organization is organized and staffed? If you completed an application in 2016, you will receive a personal invitation to an intro to volunteering session on May 10. If you don't get the invite but would like to attend this short overview of volunteering, please contact Katie at cscordes@ucsc.edu, call her at (831) 502-2300, and/or visit her in the Volunteer Hub in the library Tuesday through Friday from 9 to 2 p.m.

Midsummer's Eve Volunteer Celebration. Sunday, June 19, 5:30-8:00 pm. 
We are thrilled to invite you all to our first ever Midsummer's Eve Volunteer Celebration! Come together with Arboretum staff and volunteers to celebrate all of our accomplishments of the past year! To be held near the Australian Rock Garden, we will enjoy wine & cheese, a potluck dinner, present fun awards, enjoy the full moon rise on the longest day of the year and more!
Invitation and RSVP to follow shortly.


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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