*Due to coronavirus we are currently not accepting volunteers*

Volunteers are essential to meeting the Garden’s mission of connecting people and plants. Join this community of plant lovers and contribute to the success of a beloved San Francisco institution.

Welcome, prospective volunteers!


Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Garden. In observance of the latest guidelines from local and state public health authorities, we are not actively hosting volunteer programs at this time. You are welcome to complete an application but we may not respond to new applications before August 1, 2020. We appreciate your patience.


Garden volunteers must:

  • Have a current SFBG membership.

  • Have an email address; this is our main form of communication for all volunteers.

  • Be at least 15 years of age. Volunteers under 18 must complete a minor consent form. 

  • Submit an online volunteer application form:


After an application form is received, a short/informal interview in the garden will be scheduled. Volunteers will then be asked to:

  • Read and agree to follow the Garden’s volunteer policies and procedures as defined in our Volunteer Handbook.

  • Attend a docent-led garden tour.

Learn more about how volunteers support the Garden below. Please note that volunteer needs fluctuate throughout the year.

Although the Garden is open to visitors, many volunteer programs will be on pause as the Garden responds to COVID-19 concerns.



1199 9th Ave

San Francisco, CA 94122

Email: info@sfbg.org

Phone: (415) 661-1316

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San Francisco Botanical Garden is a public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.