Volunteers play a critical role in helping the Garden grow—and not all work with plants! A dedicated group of volunteers work closely with our staff to present a wide range of activities to the community. Whether you can help several times a year for a special event or are able to dedicate a few hours a week, we invite you to join our volunteer community. No experience is needed—just a love of the Garden and desire to support its mission. Please review the list of Volunteer Opportunities to determine your areas of interest.
Your application will be reviewed by the Volunteer Coordinator and you will be contacted for an interview according to the Garden’s needs. Minimum age to volunteer at the Garden is 12. Volunteers younger than 15 years must be accompanied by an adult. All volunteers working with children or handling money must consent to a background check.
If your organization is interested in joining our volunteer community, please email or call Nadezhda Garza at firstname.lastname@example.org | 210.536-1415
Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteers gain valuable hands-on experience in a range of expertise, including horticulture, informal learning, development, visitor experience. In addition, the Garden provides complimentary admission on the day of service; 20% discount at the Garden gift shop on the day of service; Annual Volunteer Recognition picnic and complimentary admission to select Garden classes.
Children’s Vegetable Garden Program (CVGP) Volunteers
Interested in learning more about growing vegetables while helping to cultivate young gardeners? Come volunteer in one of the nation’s oldest youth gardening programs. All levels of experience and commitment are welcome to join the enthusiastic CVGP team. Volunteers do not need to be ‘expert gardeners’ but do need to love working outside and working with kids/families.
Shifts for the CVGP occur Saturday mornings, 8 am to noon, for 16 weeks during the spring and fall.
Do you enjoy sharing your enthusiasm for nature with children? Become an Adventure Guide! As an Adventure Guide you will learn the importance of nature play, and how to promote unrestrictive, unstructured, and safe nature play.
Shifts for the Adventure Guides occur on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the year from 9 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 4 pm with special holiday and event afternoon shifts.
School Program Volunteer Educators
Can you teach others about the importance of the environment, and about the awesome qualities of plants? Join our School Programs Team! Volunteers learn how to guide children to build terrariums, and how to use terrariums as a tool to teach children about ecosystems, plant adaptations, the water cycle, and the importance of environmental stewardship. Our program uses experiential learning and inquiry-based design principles, outdoor learning experiences and real-world applications to teach the importance of plants.
Shifts for the Terrarium Ecosystem Program Guides occur on Monday through Friday from 9 am to noon during school field trip season (March-May and October-November)
Membership Sales Ambassador
If you are interested in learning about non-profit fundraising and advocating for the Garden’s mission, our welcoming and professional Membership Sales Ambassadors team is a perfect fit for you! These enthusiastic and welcoming volunteers assist in recruiting new members to the Garden.
Responsibilities include learning basic information about Garden programs and membership benefits, asking visitors for financial support in the form of Garden memberships, assisting with completion of simple membership applications, and collecting and securing payments (cash, check or credit card using an iPad).
Shifts for the Membership Sales Ambassador Team are 3 hours and occur between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm during special events.
Public and Special Events
The Garden’s public and special events are critical to our mission, helping to increase funding and community engagement. BOOtanica, Viva Botanica, Family Flashlight Night, Moonlight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and Brews and Blooms are just a few of the events which require volunteer support.
Responsibilities include event greeting guests, facilitating activities and games, serving refreshments and clean-up.
Shifts vary by event and public and special events occur approximately 15 times per year.
Gardening volunteers perform routine garden installation and maintenance duties. Volunteers may choose to train to work in all areas of the Botanical Garden, or may opt to work in a specific area or areas.
Shifts for the Gardening volunteers occur regularly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.
Propagation volunteers help produce and maintain plants for use in the Garden. Volunteers can choose to work on the general Botanical Garden nursery and greenhouse projects or can work with the Plant Sales team which grows products for the San Antonio Botanical Garden’s Plant Sales.
Responsibilities include propagating a variety of plants using simple techniques; assisting with routine cleaning and maintenance of greenhouses, cold frame areas, and other specialized structure or systems; helping keep records of plant growth and maintaining plant inventories; washing and sanitizing pots; and providing daily care of plants, including watering, and pulling weeds and debris.
Shifts for the general Botanical Garden propagation volunteers occur Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. Shifts for the Plants Sales propagation team occur Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 9 am to noon.
The Garden offers several different types of internships throughout the year. Please click on the following links for more information and an application.