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. Volunteer assignments are available on both weekdays and weekends, though the types and numbers of openings vary considerably throughout the year.
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.
Five morning sessions of New Volunteer Orientation “Meet the Arboretum” is presented by Los Voluntarios. Dates of the next Orientation have yet to be determined. 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. Additional training sessions are required for school and walking tour docents.
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 or projects become available.
High school students (minimum age of 14) can participate in the year-round Student Volunteer Program to fulfill community service hours requirements for school or for personal enjoyment and experience. Student volunteers are needed in a variety of areas on an on-going basis, including the Membership and Visitor Services Office, Gift Shop, administrative offices, gardens and greenhouses as well as for one-time only special events.
Los Voluntarios and Volunteer Orientation is not open to students.
Student Volunteer Opportunity – Camp Counselors Needed for Summer Nature Camp 2015
Student volunteers are invited to earn community service hours by assisting with the Summer Nature Camp 2015 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 learn the science behind gardening and explore their creative side with nature crafts.
Student volunteers make a commitment to be here each and every day of their assigned weeks. This commitment is extremely important, insuring the appropriate staff/volunteer ratio to students in providing oversight and safety of our campers.
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
Session 1: June 8 (Monday) – June 12 (Friday)
Session 2: June 15 (Monday) – June 19 (Friday)
Session 3: June 22 (Monday) – June 26 (Friday)
No camp offered week of June 29 (Monday) – July 3 (Friday)
Session 4: July 6 (Monday) – July 10 (Friday)
Session 5: July 13 (Monday) – July 17 (Friday)
Session 6: July 20 (Monday) – July 24 (Friday)
Session 7: July 27 (Monday) – July 31 (Friday)
Session 8: August 3 (Monday) – August 7 (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.).
The all-day volunteer schedule will provide time for lunch breaks.
Upon request, and with adequate notice, students can arrange for alternate shift times to accommodate summer school schedules. This must be noted on the student’s application.
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. Students previously scanned and cleared do not need to be live-scanned again.
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 (no short-shorts)
Good walking or tennis shoes (no flip flops or opened toed shoes)
Hat & sunscreen (recommended)
Application Deadline: May 1 (Friday), 2015
Complete and return the two applications (Arboretum application as well as the County P & R 201 form) with your resume to Nancy Carlton.
Applications will be considered and applicants placed on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Applicants will be contacted within two weeks of receipt of their application.
Contact for volunteer application and questions:
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, CA. 91007
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, 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.
Court Release Community Service Volunteers
The Arboretum no longer participates in the Court Release Community Service program. Inquiries should be directed to the Tree Farm at 626.593.3036.
For more information about these opportunities, please contact Nancy Carlton, volunteer manager 626.821-3210 or
nancy.carlton at arboretum.org