Volunteers play a critical role in helping the San Antonio Botanical Garden grow. Whether you can dedicate a few hours a week, or even just help with special events, the Botanical Garden invites you to join its volunteer community. No experience is necessary — just a love for the Garden.
In return for their time, volunteers gain experience in areas including horticulture, education, development, and visitor experience.
In addition, the Botanical Garden provides:
- complimentary admission on the day of service
- 20% discount at the Garden Gift Shop on the day of service
- an annual volunteer recognition picnic
- complimentary admission to select Botanical Garden classes
The minimum age to volunteer is 12. Volunteers younger than 15 years must be accompanied by an adult.
How to Become a Volunteer
The Botanical Garden uses the website GivePulse to share volunteer opportunities and manage hours. General information and requirements can be found at sabot.givepulse.com. You must register as a GivePulse member to sign-up to be a volunteer (this is different from a Botanical Garden membership).
To register as a member:
- Go to givepulse.com and click the “Become Member” button to begin.
- Your application will be reviewed by Garden staff; you will receive an email if your application is accepted.
- Once accepted, you will be able to see and sign-up for volunteer opportunities under the “events” tab.
For additional questions, contact Maeve Bassett at [email protected].
Potential Volunteer Opportunities
Opportunities available based on seasonality and capacity; some opportunities require training, certificates, and/or background checks. Click here to view the Botanical Garden’s current volunteer opportunities and requirements.
Volunteer in one of the nation’s oldest youth gardening programs. All levels of experience and commitment are welcome to join and work outside with kids and families.
Share your passion for gardening with the community by answering visitors’ garden questions and teach how ‘Good Food Grows’ through personal interaction and hands-on activities. The Culinary Garden Docent volunteer opportunity is an extension-approved volunteer activity and available only to certified Bexar County Master Gardeners.
Can you teach others about the importance of the environment and about the awesome qualities of plants? Volunteers learn about the garden, how to teach children using experiential learning principles, interpretation techniques, and real-world applications to teach the importance of plants. Youth Program Docents assist with school programming, drop-in activities, homeschool days and other programs to facilitate activities for children at the garden. See below for some of the available Youth Docent volunteer opportunities.
- Terrarium Ecosystem Program: Volunteers use experiential learning practices to teach children (grades k – 8th) about ecosystems, plant adaptations, the water cycle, and the importance of environmental stewardship through building a terrarium.
- Garden Tours: Volunteers give children (grades k – 12) TEKS-based interactive guided tours of the San Antonio Botanical Gardens.
- Theme Day and Special Event Assistance: Volunteers help lead hands on activities for monthly theme days and special events. BOOtanica, Family Flashlight Night, and Viva Botanica are just a few of the events that require volunteer support.
- Storytime in the Garden: Volunteers help by walking books around for guests to see the pictures of the book being read.
- Little Sprouts Hike: Volunteers help education assistants engage children ages 0-5 connect with nature based on a weekly theme.
- CHEF (Culinary Health Education for Families) Workshops: Volunteers assist with CHEF cooking classes, culinary demonstrations, and culinary garden tours for youth programs.
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(s).
Volunteers in this group support front-of-garden programming to ensure guests feel welcome and informed as soon as they enter the garden. Activities may include event greeting, garden greeters, and assisting in the Garden Gift Shop.
If you are interested in learning about nonprofit fundraising and advocating for the Botanical 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 Botanical Garden.
Propagation volunteers help produce and maintain plants for use in the Botanical Garden. Volunteers can work in the general nursery and on greenhouse projects or can work with the Plant Sales team which grows plants for the San Antonio Botanical Garden’s Plant Sales.
The Botanical Garden’s public and special events are critical to its mission, helping to increase funding and community engagement. BOOtanica, Viva Botanica, Family Flashlight Night, and Brews and Blooms are just a few of the events which require volunteer support.
The Botanical Garden offers several types of internships throughout the year. Available internships, descriptions, and application information will be posted below.
Education Programs Intern
Education Program Interns will receive training on sustainability aspects of the Garden. Interns will work closely with the Youth, Family and School Programs Specialist and Education Assistants to support youth education programming at the garden.