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 have limited opportunities for volunteers. Please submit an application indicating your interest, and we will reach out when new opportunities are available.


Adult volunteers must:

  • Have a current SFBG membership.

    • SFBG Volunteers have the option for a Pay-What-You-Can Membership. No one will be turned away! We welcome SFBG Volunteers into full Avid Gardener benefits after completing four volunteer shifts. Please indicate in your volunteer application if you would like a Pay-What-You-Can Membership.

    • Learn more about the benefits of membership here.

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

  • Submit an online volunteer application form:


Adult Volunteer Applications are Currently On Pause. Thank you!

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.

Teen Volunteer Program


We are excited to welcome teens to our volunteer program! 

Teen volunteers must: 

  • Be at least 15 years of age.

  • Complete a minor consent form.

  • Fill out the volunteer application below.



The teen volunteer program takes place every Saturday from 10:30am-12:30pm in the Children's Garden. Projects include getting your hands dirty while tending the Children's Garden and engaging with visiting families. To expedite your volunteer process, please fill out the required forms in advance. For teen internships, see our Careers page - please note, you must first volunteer to become eligible for an internship.



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, some volunteer programs will be on pause as the Garden responds to COVID-19 concerns.

**Please note, as of 3/1/22, we are putting a temporary pause on Adult Volunteers. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We will update this page when we are accepting applications.**