Volunteer

 

The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.   ~ DeAnn Hollis

                                                                                      
Volunteers are vital to the success of the Garden and are an integral part of the education program. Please do not hesitate to join us and make a difference in our community. There are many fun opportunities available to participate involving varying degrees of hourly commitment.

If you would like to send a request to become a volunteer at the garden: Please click here for the volunteer application form. 

Then, contact the Volunteer Coordinator for a list of monthly opportunities 

***COMMUNITY SERVICE VOLUNTEERS: We are limited in our capacity to accept short-term, community service volunteers and are seeking to recruit long-term volunteers. Please complete our application but note we will only contact you if there is a short-term opportunity available***

2014 Volunteer Opportunities
 
If you are interested in any of the below opportunities please contact Jana Zawadzki at (619)232-2721 Ext. 101, or email at volunteer@niwa.org. Also, please fill out the volunteer application(link above) and indicate your area of interest in the 'Comment' section of the form. More specific information on each event, program, and project can be provided over the phone and via email. 
 
Perks of Volunteering
 
  • Get discounts on Garden membership. Volunteers can get an Individual membership for only $15.00
  • Get honored at our Annual Volunteer Dinner
  • Enjoy the comradery of fellow volunteers
  • Learn and experience something new  
 
SEE BELOW FOR SPECIAL PROJECT NEEDS, OUR FREE TUESDAY PROGRAM, and GARDEN AMBASSADORS
 
January
SEE BELOW FOR SPECIAL PROJECT NEEDS, OUR FREE TUESDAY PROGRAM, and GARDEN AMBASSADORS
 
February
Febrary 8th JFG Spring Festical at Market Creek Plaza (10:30am-3:30pm) 404 Euclid Eve San Diego, CA 92101
SEE BELOW FOR SPECIAL PROJECT NEEDS, OUR FREE TUESDAY PROGRAM, and GARDEN AMBASSADORS
 
March
March 1st- Cherry Blossom Festival
March 3rd- Girl's Day
March 22nd- Family Day
SEE BELOW FOR SPECIAL PROJECT NEEDS, OUR FREE TUESDAY PROGRAM, and GARDEN AMBASSADORS
 
April
April 12th- Membership Tea
SEE BELOW FOR SPECIAL PROJECT NEEDS, OUR FREE TUESDAY PROGRAM, and GARDEN AMBASSADORS
 
May
May 3rd- Boy's Day
SEE BELOW FOR SPECIAL PROJECT NEEDS, OUR FREE TUESDAY PROGRAM, and GARDEN AMBASSADORS
 
June
June 27th- Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
June 4-6th- Summer Event (TBA)
SEE BELOW FOR SPECIAL PROJECT NEEDS, OUR FREE TUESDAY PROGRAM, and GARDEN AMBASSADORS
 
July
July 7th- August 8th- Summer Camp
Summer Camp Requires a minimum 15 hours/week, for three weeks of volunteering (M-F 12:30-4pm hours)
SEE BELOW FOR SPECIAL PROJECT NEEDS, OUR FREE TUESDAY PROGRAM, and GARDEN AMBASSADORS
 
August
August 14th- August Moon
SEE BELOW FOR SPECIAL PROJECT NEEDS, OUR FREE TUESDAY PROGRAM, and GARDEN AMBASSADORS
 
September
SEE BELOW FOR SPECIAL PROJECT NEEDS, OUR FREE TUESDAY PROGRAM, and GARDEN AMBASSADORS
 
October
October 25 –Taste of Japan/Family Day
Family Day is a Park-wide event and presents a “spooktacular” array of hands-on activities, crafts, costume parades, tours, storytelling, and other free goodies. As with Science Family Day, children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. The Garden is hosting an event featuring Japanese street foods and cuisine, children's activities and performances. Volunteers are needed for crowd control, cooking, and other event tasks. 
 
SEE BELOW FOR SPECIAL PROJECT NEEDS, OUR FREE TUESDAY PROGRAM, and GARDEN AMBASSADORS
 
November
November (8-9 &15-16) – Shi-Chi-Go-San
Shi-Chi-Go-San, which literally translates to 3-5-7 is a Japanese festival held in November that celebrates the growth and well-being of young children. Children ages 3, 5, and 7 celebrate their passage through childhood by dressing up in traditional kimonos and taking photos. The Garden offers this unique opportunity for parents and their children with a Japanese style garden as a backdrop.  Volunteers are needed to facilitate photo taking and assist with kimono changing. Background knowledge, or experience in kimono wearing is preferred.
 
December 
December 6th & 7th- December Nights
 
SEE BELOW FOR SPECIAL PROJECT NEEDS, OUR FREE TUESDAY PROGRAM, and GARDEN AMBASSADORS
 
GARDEN AMBASSADORS
Ambassadors ensure guest safety and provide basic information on the garden in our new canyon expansion area, which is partially closed as a construction site. Training is provided and shifts are available Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-4pm, weekly
 
FREE TUESDAY PROGRAM
Every third Tuesday of the month, the garden is open to San Diego residents for free. Volunteers are needed between 10am-4pm to assist with a rummage sale and free arts and crafts for kids. 
 
PAUL'S PRUNING BASICS
Quarterly events where volunteer relax, beautify the garden, and learn Japanese garden pruning techniques.
Contact Jana at volunteer@niwa.org to sign up for the mailing list.
 
SPECIAL PROJECT NEEDS:
 
General Office Assistance:
-          Assist in photocopying documents
-          Printing brochures
-          Data entry
-          Organizing files
-          Updating the JFG website
 
*Qualifications: Basic computer skills including Word and Excel, basic knowledge with copy machines, independent and can-do personality preferred.
 
Marketing:
-          Assist with creating promotional material
-          Promote Garden events and activities
-          Assist in market research
 
*Qualifications: excellent written and verbal communication skills, graphic design background preferred, comfortable with various social media platforms.
 
Membership:
-          Conduct surveys
-          Assist with processing membership and renewal forms
-          Assist with compiling bi-monthly newsletter
 
*Qualifications: excellent written and verbal communication skills, research skills preferred, must be familiar with google apps.
 
Collections Management & Exhibitions:
-          Library archiving
-          Background/historical research
-          Exhibit installation and de-installation support
-          Art reception support
 
*Qualifications: archiving background, or experience preferred, research skills preferred, must be physically adept for moving objects, installing fixtures.. etc. 


 

 Have you volunteered for the JFG?  Please take our volunteer survey .  Thank you!

VOLUNTEER SURVEY
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