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UC Davis Arboretum needs you!

Winter or summer, the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden is a beautiful place to volunteer. (Photos: Kathy Morrison)

Recruitment drive seeks volunteers for 2020

Love plants? Want to spend some more time with them while acquiring a world of knowledge?

Then the UC Davis Arboretum has an opportunity for you.

The Arboretum is recruiting garden, land stewardship and plant sale volunteers for 2020. But you better hurry: The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 17.

“At the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden, we rely on volunteer support in every area of operations,” according to the recruiters. “As a volunteer, you can learn new skills, meet other people who share your interests, and feel wonderful about supporting our environment. Whatever your skills or interests, the Arboretum and Public Garden welcomes you.

“Volunteers donate more than 15,000 hours of service each year. 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 spring and fall plant sales require volunteers, too.
“The Arboretum and Public Garden also welcomes volunteers who prefer to work on short-term projects,” they added. “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.”

Got a gardening group or club in search of a fun project? “Many service organizations enjoy coming out for a day of work in the garden,” the recruiters said. “We also work with volunteers for special projects in garden design, computer programming, marketing, photography and other fields.”

Nursery assistants, docents, gardeners, caretakers and sale support staff are just a few of the positions that need volunteers.

Most positions are filled in January. The arboretum adds to its plant sale staff year-round.

Questions? Email or Roxanne Loe at .

For more details and application: .


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