2018 Volunteer Recruitment

Volunteers needed

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEND MORE TIME OUTDOORS? Would you like to learn more about the environment? Are you looking for a way to fulfill a New Year’s resolution to give back to the community? Consider volunteering with the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden! It’s a rewarding place to spend your time while learning new skills and meeting new people.

We are seeking new volunteers to join our gardening, plant sale support, land stewardship and Putah Creek Riparian Reserve volunteer teams. (Find more information about these teams below.) Trainings will be offered this winter and include a combination of expert instruction and hands-on projects. There will be a $20 materials fee due at your team’s first scheduled training date.

If you have questions, please contact Roxanne Loe at (530) 752-4880 or rgloe@ucdavis.edu.

Download, fill out and send in the application(s) found on the
right for the volunteer position(s) you are interested in.

Applications are due Friday, January 19 for our Gardening and Plant Sale Support teams
Applications are due Friday, January 26
for our Land Stewardship or Putah Creek Reserve teams

**EMAIL (arboretum@ucdavis.edu) or FAX (530) 752-5796 your application.**



These volunteers work on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday mornings to help maintain and beautify Arboretum and Public Garden landscapes. The majority of our gardens are sustainable, ornamental gardens but there will also be volunteer work possibilities at our nursery.

NEW! We are launching a volunteer gardening team for the GOOD LIFE GARDEN, a beautiful demonstration garden in the courtyard of the Robert Mondavi complex featuring edible fruit and vegetable plantings.

Each team focuses on a different area; volunteers work in collaboration with horticultural staff.

Training dates: Thursdays, January 25-March 1, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.


Plant Sale Support

This group works as a team on weekday mornings 2-4 times a month and Saturdays 6-8 times a year to handle customer service activities in support of both our large and small plant sales. Duties include greeting customers, issuing parking permits, set-up and take-down of check-out stations, tallying plant purchases, cashiering and answering general questions.

If you love organizing, have good attention to detail, enjoy interacting with customers and you are comfortable handling sales transactions, this would be a great team for you. Please note that a background check will be required.

Training dates: Thursday, January 25; Tuesday, February 13; and Tuesday, February 27, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Land Stewardship

These volunteers work on campus naturalized lands with staff on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday mornings. Projects include light construction, trail repair, native plant care, weed control, and a variety of equipment and power tool operation.

Training dates: TBA (Late January or early February)

Putah Creek Riparian Reserve

These volunteers work with staff on Tuesday mornings. (Thursdays might be a possibility too.) Projects include construction, farming, ranching, trail building and maintenance, weed control, and a variety of equipment and power tools operation including but not limited to tractors, ATV and small excavator, chainsaws and string trimmers. You will learn the nuts and bolts of wild land management. (NOTE: this is more labor intensive and physically demanding work.)

Training is on-going for this position which starts Tuesday, January 30.


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