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:

  • Docent to lead tours of the Gardens for school groups and visitors of all ages (training required)
  • Horticulture (propagation, potting, pruning, weeding—training may be required)
  • Events (Garden Market & Plant Sale, Art in the Gardens, Primavera, Twilight Tours, Bird Walks)
  • Garden Steward (weekends)
  • Curatorial Assistant (identification, inventorying, mapping, labeling, using GIS)
  • Office support (data entry, label and sign making, librarian)

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.

  • Learn more

    If you are interested in volunteering please attend a Volunteer Orientation session, held on the second Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. in the Conference Room at the entrance to the Gardens. If you would like to volunteer but are unable to attend an orientation session, please contact us at ucrbg@ucr.edu or 951-784-6962. All volunteers must fill out required paperwork and be signed up by UCR Personnel Services staff.

THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS! An annual Volunteer Appreciation event is held to recognize the efforts of our hard-working volunteers.