You are invited to join the Arboretum Volunteer Team! Give your time, gain new
skills, and make new friends.
Although gardening experience or plant knowledge is a plus, absolutely none is required for the majority of volunteer positions. Benefits of volunteering at the Arboretum include the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and receive hands-on experience through association with professionals in research, horticulture and education. Our volunteers have a range of horticultural experience, from weekend gardeners to specialists.
Volunteers are one of the great strengths of our organization, serving as an invaluable resource in making our programs possible. Volunteers provide the garden with vital support by guiding visitors through the grounds, staffing special events, maintaining the gardens, working in the Visitor Services Office, Garden & Gift Shop and Arboretum Library and behind the scenes through a host of other activities. They share their time, their love for gardening and plants, and their dedication to the community. Whether you are a master gardener, a professional or a homemaker, retired or work full-time, a teacher or a student, the Arboretum needs your time, skills and talents.
Through your volunteer activities you will meet others who have similar interests and hobbies, and experience the satisfaction of sharing in significant accomplishments. So, join us, and enjoy the beauty of the Arboretum and the rewards and camaraderie of being a part of our team of dedicated volunteers. We look forward to welcoming you to our volunteer program.
Please note: Although volunteer applications are accepted on a year-round basis, we cannot guarantee that we will need volunteers in the specific area in which you are most interested.
Los Voluntarios (Los Vols), the adult volunteer support organization for the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, is a self-organized group of almost 300 women and men who annually contribute over 30,000 hours of service to this flagship public garden, administered by the County Department of Parks & Recreation.
Membership is open to adults and requires a minimum of 50 hours of service annually. Depending upon availability, volunteer assignments may include administrative and customer
services, educational programming, gardening, gift shop, library, field docents, historic preservation, floral arrangements, Santa Anita Depot docents, walking tours, membership services and special events. Volunteer activities also include interesting and informative meetings, presentations, annual volunteer luncheon and picnic. Members of Los Voluntarios receive a volunteer-focused newsletter and complimentary Family Membership to the Arboretum.
Participation in the volunteer orientation program is required.
New Volunteer Orientation Fall 2014 “Meet the Arboretum” will be presented by Los Voluntarios on five Wednesday mornings, 9:30a.m. – 12:30 p.m., September 10, 17, 24 and October 1, 8. Attendance is required at all five sessions. The orientation includes an overview and history of the Arboretum as well as information about the various volunteer opportunities. An additional eight training sessions are required for school and walking tour docents and will be scheduled for late October through early December.
There are currently no opening for adult volunteers. Volunteer applications will be accepted as of March 2014.
Special Event Volunteers – Adults & Students
If you cannot contribute time on a regular basis, consider volunteering for events. Add your name to our special event volunteer contact list and receive detailed information when special events (i.e. Halloween, educational programming) or projects become available.
Summer Nature Camp 2014
Student volunteers are invited to earn community service hours by assisting with the Summer Nature Camp 2014 as camp counselors at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.
This camp program is an opportunity for children, ages 5 – 10, to experience the wonders of nature through outdoor hands-on experiences, including hiking through the 127 acre gardens and discovering the amazing animals and plants from around the world found throughout the grounds. Children will discover the science behind gardening and explore their creative side with nature crafts.
Camp Dates and Programming:
For all sessions – One week, Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Extended care
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Morning session – Wilderness Adventures/Gardening/Art
12:00 noon – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Afternoon session – Art/Bugs
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Extended care
Fridays involve water activities
Session 1: June 9 (Monday) – June 13 (Friday)
Session 2: June 16 (Monday) – June 20 (Friday)
Session 3: June 23 (Monday) – June 27 (Friday)
No camp offered week of June 30 (Monday) – July 4 (Friday)
Session 4: July 7 (Monday) – July 11 (Friday)
Session 5: July 14 (Monday) – July 18 (Friday)
Session 6: July 21 (Monday) – July 25 (Friday)
Session 7: July 28 (Monday) – August 1 (Friday)
Session 8: August 4 (Monday) – August 8 (Friday)
Students must make a commitment to volunteer for at least three full sessions (but are welcome to volunteer for up to all eight sessions), and work a full day (7:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) or a half-day (7:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:00 noon – 5:30 p.m.).
Under the supervision and direction of a staff member or adult volunteer, assist instructors and campers with extended care, morning and afternoon session programming and lunch coverage.
Training & Requirements:
Summer camp experience or working with children is preferred, but not required. Preferential placement will be given to students who have volunteered as Camp Counselors at the Arboretum previously. Volunteers must attend one 4-hour training session (dates to be determined).
Summer camp counselors are required to be live-scanned and cleared prior to their volunteer service. Live-scan appointments will be scheduled through the Volunteer Services Department.
Minimum Age: 15 years old
Tools & Supplies:
All necessary tools and supplies will be provided by the Arboretum, including a summer camp T-shirt.
Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own lunch and bottled water.
Jeans or Shorts
Good walking or tennis shoes (no flip flops or opened toed shoes)
Hat & sunscreen (recommended)
Application Deadline: May 16 (Friday), 2014
Contact for volunteer application and questions:
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, CA. 91007
High school students (minimum age of 14) can fulfill community service hours requirements by volunteering for special events and projects, or on an on-going basis.
Los Voluntarios and Volunteer Orientation is not open to students.
Undergraduate and graduate college students are welcome to apply for unpaid internships. Arboretum staff will work with accredited academic institutions to serve as a site for their intern program. Students can develop a personalized internship by letting us know of their educational and occupational interests, a time-frame for serving as an intern, and specific internship goals. Timing of an internship is flexible and dependent upon your project. Unfortunately, the Arboretum does not offer any paid internships at this time.
Organizations (i.e. corporate and school groups, Scouts, etc.) are invited to arrange for
group volunteer projects. Please note: LA County mandates a minimum age of 14 forall volunteers, no exceptions.
For more information about these opportunities, please contact Nancy Carlton, volunteer manager 626.821-3210 or
nancy.carlton at arboretum.org