Volunteer

About the volunteer program

At the UC Davis Arboretum, we rely on volunteer support in every area of operations. Volunteers donate more than 15,000 hours of service each year. As a volunteer, you can learn new skills, meet other people who share your interests, and feel wonderful about supporting the work of the Arboretum. Whatever your skills or interests, the Arboretum welcomes you.

Depending on their skills, interests, and availability, prospective volunteers can be assigned as members of a team that meets for three hours one morning each week. At this time, most training takes place ”on the job.” Sometimes, training sessions are offered to a group of volunteers.

The Arboretum also welcomes volunteers who prefer to work on short-term projects. We can always use assistance at our renowned plant sales. We schedule volunteer workdays several times a year for planting or garden clean-up projects. Many service organizations enjoy coming out for a day of work in the garden. We also work with volunteers for special projects in garden design, computer programming, marketing, photography, and other fields.

2017 Volunteer Recruitment

We are recruiting new volunteers to be part of our gardening and habitat restoration volunteer teams. LEARN MORE.
Applications due: Friday, January 20.

GARDENING VOLUNTEERS work in teams on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday mornings to help maintain and beautify Arboretum and Public Garden landscapes. Each team focuses on a different area; volunteers work in collaboration with horticultural staff.
Training dates: Thursdays, Feb. 2-Mar. 9, 9 am–12 pm.

HABITAT RESTORATION VOLUNTEERS work in teams on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday mornings to help maintain and beautify Arboretum and Public Garden lands along Putah Creek and the rural parts of campus. This work can be more strenuous than other volunteer opportunities. Each team focuses on a different area; volunteers work in collaboration with natural resources staff. Training dates: Thursdays, Feb. 2-Mar. 9, 9 am–12 pm.

APPLY NOW!  SPACE IS LIMITED.
Applications are due Friday, January 20. The application form and more information are available below or on the Arboretum website at arboretum.ucdavis.edu. If you have questions, please contact Roxanne Loe at (530) 752-4880 or rgloe@ucdavis.edu. When you application is complete, please fax it to (530) 752-5796 or email it to arboretum@ucdavis.edu.

VOLUNTEER APPLICATION (Adobe Acrobat .pdf)
VOLUNTEER APPLICATION (MS Word .doc)