Without the enthusiasm and dedication of volunteers, The Ruth Bancroft Garden would not be here today. Volunteers are instrumental in maintaining the garden and supporting the organization. Volunteering at the Garden is a wonderful way to enjoy this exceptional garden and contribute to its success. We accept applications year-round.

Volunteer Application

Read below about our various volunteer opportunities at the garden.

Become a Garden Docent!

Now accepting applications for our docent enrichment program. Click here for more information and to apply.

Garden Work


  • Construction (landscaping, irrigation)
  • Gardening (weeding, planting)

WordPress Volunteer

We need assistance with uploading archived plant highlights. Garden Curator, Brian Kemble, is an expert in drought-tolerant plants and has featured plants from the Garden monthly since 2005. As a WordPress volunteer, you will assist us in posting past plant highlights to our new site. Must have experience in WordPress and knowledge of html preferred.

Office Assistance


  • Front desk (answer phones, filing)
  • Computer work (graphic design, data entry)
  • Outreach (design, distribution, research)
  • Marketing & Mailings

Docents/Tour Guides


Our annual Docent Training Program will prepare you to lead tours in the Garden. Contact our office for fees and course schedule information (925-944-9352).

Banner photo by John Ricca