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 Volunteers needed!

We are now recruiting gardening and habitat restoration volunteers. Applications are due January 20, 2017.

If you are interested in volunteering at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, but we aren't currently accepting applications, please download our general Volunteer Application Form and submit it to:

UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616. We will keep your application on file and notify you of other potential opportunities.

For more information about the volunteer program, please contact Roxanne Loe at 530-752-4880 or rgloe@ucdavis.edu.