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Volunteer Positions

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center! To apply for a volunteer position please fill out a Volunteer application and review the Volunteer Manual. Volunteers are welcome to try multiple positions according to their interest and experience. Please be aware that there is a waiting list for some positions and that additional training or screening may be required.



Chelsea smile

Olivewood Gardens is seeking passionate individuals interested in education, food justice, organic gardening, and community engagement. Interns will learn real-world skills in their fields of study and gain hands-on experience at a working non-profit organization. We open these positions every semester to go with the school calendar year.






  • Outdoor  Instructor
    Description: Volunteer Outdoor Instructors independently lead standards-based environmental lessons during  field trips; tasks include lesson set-up and clean-up, lesson implementation, and some curriculum development. Outdoor Instructors help explain ecological concepts in an engaging manner using tangible garden examples. They must be confident public speakers with good time management and classroom management skills. All Instructors will receive curriculum training from the Schools Coordinator. Prior teaching experience a plus.
    Time Commitment: Regular 3 hour weekday time commitment (8:30am to 11:30am or 11:30am to 2pm); weekly commitment prefered
    Minimum Age: 18 years
  • Kitchen Volunteer
    Description: Volunteer Kitchen Instructors assist the Nutrition Program Coordinator with all kitchen duties during field trips; including set-up, food preparation, teaching students, and clean up. During hands-on cooking demonstrations, Kitchen Instructors wash dishes, distribute supplies to students, explain techniques, and cook food; as needed by the Nutrition Program Coordinator. Kitchen Instructors will learn good time management and classroom management skills. No prior kitchen experience necessary.
    Time Commitment: Regular 3 hour weekday time commitment (8:30am to 11:30am or 11:30am to 2pm); weekly commitment prefered
    Minimum Age: 18 years
  • Garden Instructor
    Description: Volunteer Garden Instructors assist the garden staff in leading school field trip garden activities; including set-up, clean-up, teaching students, and some lesson planning. Field trip garden activities may include planting, weeding, harvesting, watering, or general garden maintenance tasks. Under the guidance of the garden staff, Garden Instructors help explain these activities and instruct students in a manner that facilitates learning and fun. Garden Instructors must be able to carry supplies on uneven garden terrain and manage time well. No prior gardening experience necessary.
    Time Commitment: Regular 3 hour weekday time commitment (8:30am to 11:30am or 11:30am to 2pm); weekly commitment prefered
    Minimum Age: 18 years



Janira volunteer

  • Special Events/Weekend Volunteer
    Description: Special Events and Weekend Volunteers are available on an ‘as needed’ basis to help with evening and weekend engagements. Duties may include leading (or assisting with) children’s activities, setting-up and tearing down special events or representing Olivewood Gardens by tabling at community events. The Volunteer Coordinator will provide information about specific opportunities as they come up.
    Time Commitment:Variable (1-5 hours)
    Minimum Age: 15 years
  • Volunteer Docent (Tuesdays, weekends)
    Description: The Volunteer Docents lead the Tuesday morning tour and may be called on to lead other tours of the property/house or table at public events (according to their availability). Volunteer Docents are the face of Olivewood Gardens: they greet arriving guests, explain the history of the property, identify garden features, and promote our programs to the public. They must be good public speakers with strong communication skills and the ability to work with diverse audiences. Bilingual English/Spanish or English/Tagalog a plus. Additional training will be provided.
    Time Commitment: 1 hour time commitment on Tuesday mornings, additional days and times variable.
    Minimum Age: 18 years
  • Office Volunteer
    Description: Office Volunteers perform administrative tasks under the supervision of the Executive Director or Volunteer Coordinator. Duties may include data entry, research, social networking, or organizing. Communication abilities and basic computer proficiency required.
    Time Commitment: Regular 2-4 hour weekday time commitment; weekly or monthly
    Minimum Age: 18 years
  • Specialized Skill Volunteer
    Description: Specialized Skill Volunteers have specific talents or experience that can support our programming. Examples include: grant writer, graphic designer, website designer, photographer, nutritionist, educator, Master Gardener, Master Composter, artist, handy-man, etc. Please contact us if you have a suggestion about incorporating your specific skill-set into our program
    Time Commitment: Regular 2-4 hour weekday time commitment; weekly or monthly
    Additional Requirements: Please submit a resume and work sample.
    Minimum Age: 18 years