UC Riverside Botanic Gardens Volunteer Orientation Sessions

Volunteer with us!


All orientations may be scheduled upon request. 


We depend on our volunteers!

The UCR Botanic Gardens would not be viable without the donation of time and talent by our many volunteers.

If you are interested in learning how you can get involved, meet us at the entrance to the Gardens for one of our monthly orientations. Please wear comfortable walking shoes as the Volunteer Orientation is followed by a tour of the Gardens. Afterwards, those interested in joining us will be able to sign up that same day in a rapid onboarding process. For additional information please call 951-827-7090 to speak with the volunteer supervisor.


Areas of Need

The UCR Botanic Gardens has hundreds of registered volunteers who make our Gardens possible. Volunteers are actively engaged and indispensable to the Gardens in the following areas:

  • Administration (data entry, library, office support)
  • Collection and Curation (taxonomy, GIS mapping, labeling)
  • Events (plant sales, fundraisers, education/outreach)
  • Facilities (light construction)
  • Horticulture and Landscape (weeding, pruning, propagation)
  • Visitor Services (Garden Steward to staff the gate, docent to lead tours [training required])

The Gardens are open nearly every day and volunteers work with us when it is convenient for them, from Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteer Garden Stewards work shifts on Saturdays and Sundays, and event volunteers work during special weekend events such as plant sales, Primavera in the Gardens, and rose pruning demonstrations.


Be a Docent

One of the primary missions of the Gardens is to serve the community as an educational resource, and leading group tours is one of the most important ways we do this. The role of our trained Docents is to lead these Gardens tours for school children and adult groups. Being a UCRBG Docent is a great way to learn about the Gardens while fulfilling this much needed volunteer role. Please call the curator at 951-827-7093 for docent training.


How to become a Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering please schedule a Volunteer Orientation session, (typically held on the second Tuesday of each month at 9am and the first Sunday of every month at 12pm in the Meeting Room at the entrance to the Gardens.) All volunteers must fill out required paperwork and be signed up by UCR Personnel Services staff.


Volunteer Orientation Sessions- We will schedule

Date and time:  on the second Tuesday of each month at 9am and the first Sunday of every month at 12pm

Location:  Gardens Meeting Room


Volunteer interest form

reporting Volunteer Hours



An annual Volunteer Appreciation event is held to recognize the efforts of our hard-working volunteers.


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