Join Our Volunteers...

Spend more time in the Gardens – become a Descanso Gardens volunteer! Our dedicated volunteers range in age from 14 to 80-plus. They provide vital support to many areas of operations, including Education, Horticulture, Visitor Services, the Gift Shop and more. Whether you can volunteer year-round or seasonally, your involvement helps the Gardens grow! Here’s a look at programs with opportunities for adult or student volunteers.

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” -- Luther Burbank


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Education Program Volunteers

Education is a key component of the Descanso Gardens mission. Through rich and varied programming – horticulture classes, family-friendly festivals and concerts, and lifestyle and fitness courses – we invite the public to experience nature in its diversity and enjoy wide-ranging learning opportunities. Annually, Descanso Gardens welcomes 6,000 school-age children who participate in docent-led field trips. The Harvest Garden is a learning oasis where educational experiences are provided for young people with special needs. Volunteers are needed as School Programs Docents, Birding Docents and Harvest Garden Docents.

Gift Shop Volunteers

A stop at the Descanso Gardens Gift Shop is on many visitors’ to-do lists. The shop stocks a wide assortment of unique gift items, toys, books, food and stationery. The newly expanded Plant Patio sells many unique live plants, garden décor, tools and pots, including the iconic Bauer line. Volunteer staff provide warm, exceptional customer service to shoppers.



"It’s a beautiful place to volunteer!" -- Akemi

Garden Volunteers

Whether they are seasoned green thumbs or gardening newbies, the Garden Volunteers share an enthusiasm for keeping Descanso beautiful. They assist Descanso Gardens horticultural staff with a variety of plant maintenance tasks as well as learning new gardening skills. Basic tasks include weeding, watering, deadheading and raking.


“No matter what your interests are, there’s a project to match.” 
-- Caron

Visitor Services Volunteers

Visitor Services Volunteers are often Descanso Gardens visitors first point of contact and are critical to the guest experience. These volunteers provide friendly, informed service by staffing the Visitor Center, the Boddy House, Sturt Haaga Gallery and the Enchanted Railroad. People with an interest in customer service, horticulture, history or art will be successful in Visitor Services.

Getting Started...

Becoming a Descanso Gardens volunteer is easy as 1-2-3!

1) Fill out the online Volunteer Interest Form.

2) You will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator and an interview will be scheduled.

3) Get your training so you can work the Gardens with confidence!

Adult volunteers must be members of Descanso Gardens. For more information about volunteering, contact the Volunteer Coordinator by email or phoning (818) 949-7978.

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